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Qualifications, experience, and skill set are often viewed as the most important items needed when applying for a job.

Interviews are seen as stressful situations, but if a person is qualified, appears clean cut, and is seen as society’s perception of a “put together” person, they should be a perfect candidate for the job, right? This is not the case. Although businesses have become more inclusive, many applicants have lost the chance of being hired because of dyed hair, piercings or tattoos.

Though many piercings can be removed and hair can be dyed, tattoos are difficult to cover, unless one is interested in buying expensive concealer.

Many people believe tattoos are unprofessional, and though they are becoming more acceptable, certain professions are still very “iffy” about body art. It is still very common to hear a parent tell their child to be wary of where they get their tattoo, as it can affect job prospects in the future.

After asking people of various ages what their viewpoint on tattoos in the workplace is, the difference in opinion due to age can be seen.

“I don’t think it should be an issue ... a tattoo on your body does not affect how you do your job ... as long as it’s not offensive,” said Wyoming Area senior Lindsay Higdon.

“It depends on the occupation — the job — if you’re supposed to be professional, your tattoo should be covered ... I don’t feel that it is inappropriate, it depends on what you have,” says Maureen Pikas, a history teacher at Wyoming Area.

“I believe tattoos are an amazing way to express yourself, and it does not matter all that much what your job title is,” said 16-year-old Wyoming Area student Sophia Lugar.

“Tattoos allow people to be creative in a way they can’t normally express, but, I feel as though any tattoos should be in a place that can be covered,” says Kelly Kush, 52.

Age is a deciding factor when it comes to tattoos, yes, but as it becomes more and more common, and Generation Z is entering the workplace, it is becoming more acceptable.

Though the situation is entirely opinionated, body art is slowly but surely making its way into the everyday lives of people, young and old.

Stefani Schell is a student at Wyoming Area High School. Student columns are published in The Citizens’ Voice on Wednesdays during the school year.