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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Teachers With Tattoos

A teacher is to provide a good example for students to follow. Obtaining a tattoo whilst having the title of "teacher" would set a bad example. While I have no personal issue with tattoos, they are usually viewed as the symbol of delinquency. However, it also depends on what the tattoo is of as I can make exceptions. Exceptions include the tattoo being the name of one's child or something touching, other than that I don't wish to see my teacher with a skull across his/her wrist for the remain of my school time.
As I have said before in the same context, teachers are accurate images as good examples. Tattoos would diminish said image. I wouldn't hate my teacher for having a tattoo but rather I would feel somewhat uneasy around him/her. In conclusion, teachers are free to make their own choices as others are too but have an image to live up to unlike others of the common public.


  1. Hi, Sonny,
    Thank you for your thoughtful post. You looked at both sides of the story, including thinking about tattoos that are sentimental. I have seen a man (not a teacher) have a tattoo of his father who died in a plane crash. It was a powerful reminder of a very special relationship. In some African tribes, tattoos mark a coming of age or tell a story of a hunt. I agree with you that teachers have a public image to uphold, so they must be careful about what they do, say, or wear. I also know that good teachers will say, "Do not judge a book by its cover." Do you think that applies to teachers with tattoos? I enjoyed reading your post!

  2. Hello, Ms. Mallof,
    I thank you for commenting and I deeply apologize for my extremely delayed response. Yes, I do believe the saying, "Do not judge a book by its cover." applies to teachers with tattoos. However; with an... inappropriate (for a lack of better words) cover, most will not dwell further into the book, or in this case, the teacher with the tattoo. First impressions are significant, having a tattoo as a teacher could, if not would, give an undesirable first impression. Let's make a scenario, you are in need of filling one position and two people come to interview. They both look the same, wrinkle-less shirt and whatnot, however; you spot a tattoo peeking out of one's shirt. It gave you somewhat of a bad impression but it comes down to the interview. In the end, you'll progress past the cover and learn more about the book/person and what's inside is what's important.


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