Guess what? People have tattoos. The New York Times has noticed! And maybe tattoos aren't so very "bad" anymore. Maybe. "Merely by glancing around, it's clear that tattoos are no longer the sole province of gang members, garage mechanics, guys who are admirably confident that they will have the same girlfriend forever and Hollywood outliers like Angelina Jolie and Lena Dunham," writes Joanne Kaufman. There is actual Pew Research to back this up, that not all tattooed persons are outliers or mechanics. Some twenty-three percent of Americans have tattoos;
"32 percent of those are aged 30 to 45." Correction, per the Times: "32 percent of people ages 30 to 45 have at least one tattoo." Tattoos, you've probably even seen 'em, maybe on Ryan Gosling's face, maybe on your own. No big deal, right?
Not exactly. According to this piece in the Times, a lot of people are hiding their tattoos, even though they got them and they like them. This is because of the office. In corporate environments, you see, tattoos are still not exactly O.K. all of the time, even if people who work in corporate environments like tattoos. A kind of self-oppression has ensued, with cardigans worn in the hottest of summer days; tights covering tattooed ankles; long-sleeved shirts chosen over tank tops, and so on. These tattooed citizens are forced to hide who they are—or if not forced, exactly, they simply do so because they think they should—and that is causing some problems. "Many with tattoos and with corporate jobs talk about being occasionally uncomfortable because of the covering-up they think it requires ... or the sense of leading a double life," Kaufman explains.