A growing list of celebs – especially musicians – are adopting the trend of face ink, and so many young people are following suit that a group of tattoo artists have called for tougher laws to prevent people under 21 from getting them.
In the tattoo industry, many refer to face tattoos as ‘jobstoppers‘. The British Tattoo Artist Federation (BTAF) recently spoke with The Telegraph about a “huge increase” in the popularity of face tattoos, their spokesperson Lee Clements saying “I can’t go a week without a young person coming into our studio asking for a tattoo on their neck, face, or hands.”
The BTAF is asking for the age limit for face tattoos to be raised from 18 to 21, as they could impair employability. Clements said “it could carry weight to higher the age people can get facial tattoos. It is concerning for us as professionals because in the future it is going to affect job prospects.”
According to Guardian, it’s no joke either, a 2018 survey found that six in ten employers were “substantially” less likely to hire people with jobstoppers. That might be on the way out, as they become more normal. You know the faces; Justin Bieber, Post Malone, Lil Wayne, Halsey, Kehlani and more are all rocking face ink, and that’s driving demand up and stigma down. Dr. Andrew Timming, Professor of Human Resource Management at the University of Western Australia said “A visible tattoo was once considered the death knell for one’s employment prospects. These days, they are regularly seen on lecturers, physicians and other professionals.”
“The mainstreaming of tattoos in recent years has led to a wider acceptance of tattoos in the workplace.”
And it’s not just having a tattoo or not that makes the difference. As the stigma has decreased, “Some are perceived as more “tasteful” than others, and rightly so. Would I mind if my surgeon had a beautiful cherry blossom tattoo running down her arm? No. Would I mind if she had a skull and crossbones on her hand? Probably.”
“So, yes, “job stopper” tattoos are still a thing today. There are certain genres that have no place at work, for example, racist or sectarian images. But this is not an indictment of tattoos in general,” Timming said.
As the look gets more popular one can only imagine jobstoppers will be stripped of their title, but do you think restrictions should be put in place to prevent people from getting them?