"I once went out with a girl who had 'love' and 'hat' tattooed across her knuckles. She'd lost a finger" Peter Kay, comedian.
Ajarn reader David once wrote in with an interesting question. "I'm a very clean and well-presented teacher and I have all the qualifications necessary to find a teaching job in Thailand. The only problem is that I have a tattoo that almost entirely covers my one hand. I'm wondering if this will go against me when I interview for jobs?"
Hmmm.......interesting one. Of all the teachers I ever interviewed for jobs, I don't think there was one instance where I was confronted by questionable body art. There may have been the odd swallow in flight on a lady's upper arm and a tribute to a loving mother on a gentleman's forearm, but by and large, discreet tattoos have always been acceptable to me. I suppose that beauty is in the eye of the beholder isn't it?
But what do I know? Let's hear from the tattooed teachers out there. Has your tattoo truly held you back in your search for teaching jobs?
What kind of tattoo do you have and more to the point where is it? Is it a discreet and barely noticeable allegiance to your favorite football team or is your back a glorious scene from a traditional Boxing Day fox hunt with riders on horseback, blowing on bugles as the fox's tail disappears up your bum?
If you have a clearly visible tattoo, do students comment on it? Does the school owner shake her head every time she sees the dotted line with 'cut here' that circles the circumference of your neck?
Do you have to take measures to cover up your tat before you walk into a classroom?
If you're a teacher recruiter, we'd love to hear from you as well. Any tattooed teacher stories you would like to share? What are your views on employing the 'painted gentleman"?