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Whether your tattoo style is subtle or Beckham-worthy, summer dressing means you can have some fun with your ink. Here’s our guide making the most of your body art, whatever the next few weeks bring.
You’ve spent a chunk of cash on your artwork and this is its time to shine, so don’t be shy. Choose trouser lengths, necklines and sleeves based on which you’d like to show off, and make sure the hem of your shirt and shorts don’t cut the images off at an odd angle.
If you have brightly coloured tattoos, pick out certain colours in your tattoos to add a little bit of interest – or try a graphic tee that complements the style of your ink.
Unless your tat is the regrettable remnant of a drunken night out, let’s assume that you want your date to see your ink (and it’s located in a place where visibility does not equate to obscenity). The key here is to make sure your tattoos are on show, but they don’t define you. After all the man makes the tattoos, not the other way around. And one of the major benefits of dressing to accentuate your tattoos is that you’ll look far more put together in a simple, pared-down T-shirt and jeans rather than a mish-mash of print and colour. There’s no greater turn-off than a man who looks like he’s trying too hard.
The job interview
This is the tricky area: if you’re applying for a bar job in East London, chances are that your tattoo sleeves will work in your favour. In fact, the modern workplace increasingly embraces ink as a form of self-expression and tattoos have found their way into boardrooms all over the world. It’s about time, too – after all, Winston Churchill and King George V sported tats.
But while this progressive thinking is great in theory, for some employers negative perceptions about tattoos still linger. The best advice? If you’re not sure, cover them up where possible. This doesn’t necessarily mean slapping on the concealer – make sure your sleeves and necklines minimise visibility. If there’s no way to cover them entirely, counteract the ink by erring on formality when it comes to picking your interview outfit. For summer, this means a nice lightweight blazer or a slim-fit suit.
Of course there is another way of looking at things – if the organisation is old-fashioned enough to associate body art with unsavoury behaviour, maybe this isn’t the job for you…
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