Professional Appearance and Tattoos
Hello and "Happy" Monday...
I am posing a general non-formulary inquiry today for my fellow chemists and those alike. This borders more on a subjective mindset. I am a "younger" albeit, experienced Chemist at 29 years old... (Ok, so maybe NOT younger, but hey I can dream, right?) I have a collection of tattoos already, though nothing flagrantly obscene or visible. I am planning on executing a half sleeve later this summer which will only consist of biological drawings of local flowers of my region. It will slightly extend past my elbow by only about an inch or too, and will be able to be covered with 3/4 to long sleeves and/ or a lab coat. However, I am have been frequently described as "professional in demeanor and extremely well-spoken with a swift mind for formulation." I have a graduate degree as well and know there is much more to myself than what "meets the eye".
My question is, how much is TOO much in terms of self-adornment in the science work place? Will someone be branded for life as "unhireable" if they have a half sleeve that they can relatively cover up with clothing? I know the dynamics are shifting as the baby boomers transition from the workplace into retirement and are more readily becoming replaced with the next generation of the more "open minded". Do the tattoos MAKE the Chemist? Will they hinder someone from being taken seriously despite an extreme possibility that this individual is SO much more than what is skin deep?
I want to hear what YOU think. Honestly. Thank you for your time in reading this as this is a pertinent forum with peers in the cosmetic and scientific industry.