If you really knew me, you would know that I love Mac-n-cheese, I am obsessed with the show revenge, and also you would know that I absolutely love tattoos.
I know, random right!? Most people don’t know that I have a LOT of tattoos. I absolutely love tattoos, and I want to get more. But some of the tattoos that I hesitate about is simply because I am worried about getting a job, especially a teaching job. I feel as though some teachers have tattoos, and some of them don’t. And I have no idea what is allowed and what is not within any school district.
Wanting to teach in an inner city school I am stuck. I am having a hard time because I want tattoos on my arms and I want one on my collar bone. Both of those areas will show with clothing in my classroom. I am not so sure that being covered in tattoos in a school with kids with special needs, that were raised in an uncontrolled and unsupervised environment and in areas with gangs, I don’t want to be a bad example for these kids. I think that it is extremely important to establish the difference between student and teacher. That relationship should not be a friendship relationship. I think that teachers have to be authority figures, and look professional. And I know many people do not believe that tattoos are not professional.
On the other hang, in my personal opinion I think tattoos are unique and establish who a person is. Therefore, I do not think that they are unprofessional. I think that any teacher should be able to show their tattoos as long as they are school appropriate. So, whatever is in their code of conduct for dress code, are what tattoos must follow. Things like no profanities, no drug or alcohol content, and nothing inappropriate like naked ladies or anything on someone’s arms.
Personally, I think that it sucks that we have to be careful with where we locate tattoos when they are extremely appropriate. I want to be able to express myself through my tattoos. I want to be able to show my students who I am through my tattoos and I wish that it wasn’t a problem.
Tattoos are a hard topic, especially for people who are from generations previous from us, a.k.a. our employers. I guess for now I am going to have to wait to get some of my tattoos until after I get a job in a school, and speak with my supervisors to see what is acceptable in their school.