I have noticed that more and more women, not only among the younger generations, but of ALL ages, are getting #tattoos. I am not speaking of a small heart discretely hidden on the shoulder blade, ankle, or decollete, I am talking about flaming thunder bolts and rambling roses up and around the entire forearm in red, yellow and blues and entire patterns across the chest and up the neck.
The woman in the Dunkin’ Donuts drive-through window, the hair dresser who cut my grandson’s hair for his 1st day in school and the cashier at the Stop-and-Shop supermarket–they all had a visible tattoo on their wrist and forearm, nevertheless I am yet to see a medical assistant in the facility where I receive my care with similar tattoos, although I recall one who had a “suspicious” band-aid on her wrist.
All in all, we were taught in medical assistant school to cover them up and take the nose rings out. Mind you, even bright finger nail polish, or worse, fake fingernails were, and still are not encouraged, for good reason. That’s how is was back in the day and that wasn’t too long ago.
Nurse Roxanne made the following point:
“It’s about how appearances influence the way other people treat us. Either it’s a large scar or burn on your face, a hump on your back or a body full of tattoo’s. People judge by what they see and what they associate with that appearance. My point is that having a lot of tattoo’s, or any other ‘flaw’ in your appearance doesn’t make you a lesser person or a less harder worker.”