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Tattooed With a Degree? No Way

The face of the young Americans is changing, and increasingly decorated with ink and metal. About half of the people in their 20s and 30s either have a tattoo or body piercing, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. This figure, which is higher than national average is growing rapidly.

It wasn’t that long ago that women wore dresses that showed their ankles, then it was the rock and roll era, long-haired hippies and now it’s body art. As time has gone on those breaking into adulthood will lean towards being rebellious and in certain circumstances will go against the grain. Often looking to put their stamp on the world and refusing to look like everyone else.

Who knows what the future rebellious teens break into?

There are of course tattoos that need to be covered up such as the vulgar, racist, hate fueled, and otherwise. Many who get inked do so with a purpose usually involving a tribute to a family member, a personal affirmation, a religious belief or a cause. People are becoming more accepting of this trend, especially when it’s tasteful.

Now that so many 20-somethings are graduating college and are ready to enter the work force and in some professions having body art is an expectation, other professions though it’s frowned upon.

First impressions are important and even with their college degree(s), accomplishments and merit need to get judged instead of the way that person looks.

Employers have recently changed their dress code to accommodate their employees who have various forms of body art and in turn are able to attract new and young talent to their organization. A good quote that reflects this change in opinion is “its not what’s on the outside of the person that matters, it’s what’s on the inside.”



Robert D. Cobb
Founder, Publisher and CEO of INSCMagazine. Works have appeared and featured in places such as Forbes, Huffington Post, ESPN and NBC Sports to name a few. Follow me on Twitter at @RobCobb_INSC, email me at robert.cobb@theinscribermag.com

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