Who has tattoos?

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  1. txbelle

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    Hi ya'll!

    How many of you have tattoos? I was also curious about the different policies regarding tattoos in different areas.

    If you have a teaching tattoo, I would love to see it!

    Edited to add- I have a butterfly on my ankle, a star with the Texas flag inside on the back of my neck...and I've had my eyebrows done too.
     
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  3. cocobean

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    Me!
    I have three: Roman numerals on my foot, butterfly on my back, alchemy symbols on my inner forearm. All of which have been visible at one point or another.
    Admin has no issue with visible tattoos. Granted, no one has any that are inappropriate for school (or at least those are seen!) I work in California, small district in the desert.
     
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    I have six tattoos and the schools I have been in have had no issue with it. I have two on my back two on my wrists, one on my forearm and one on front shoulder.
     
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    None for me, but it is not a problem in my district.
     
  6. Ima Teacher

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    I have 8 tattoos. They can be all covered easily if needed, but it’s not an issue in my district. We are a rural, conservative district, but it hasn’t been a problem. I didn’t get my first tattoo until I was 43, so I was already well-established in my teaching career by then.

    • owl on outside of right calf
    • beach-themed sugar skull on right thigh
    • stargazer lily on side of right upper thigh
    • skull/flowers and locket/key on side of left upper thigh
    • moth on outside of left ankle
    • flowers on top of left shoulder
    • anchor and “never hold me down” on my left shoulder (coordinates with my husband’s)
    • cross on right forearm

    I have a friend who does all my tattoos. He takes my ideas and turns them into something I love.

    My husband also had tattoos, and he is also a teacher. His aren’t ever visible at work, though.
     
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    None for me but I have multiple piercings on my ears. Tattoos aren’t an issue, my admin has two full arm sleeves and he is always wearing short sleeved shirts. Many teachers also have tattoos in visible places and it’s never been an issue.
     
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    I personally don’t have any.

    Tattoos are a non-issue in my district.
     
  9. futuremathsprof

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    I think tattoos are gross, personally, and have none and will never get any. They are not permitted at my private school and have to be covered in their entirety at all times.
     
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    Yeah, tattoos are gross, but you and your colleagues openly discuss bunion surgery.
     
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    Uh, the only reason why I mentioned the bunionectomy was because I’ve seen how traditional bunion surgery is done and the amount of scarring it causes. Otherwise, I would not have brought it up. A one time occurrence is not an “open discuss[ion].”

    Grasping at straws, aren’t we, just to be “combative”? :D

    Good one, I guess. You got me.
     
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  12. Ima Teacher

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    I realize that plenty of people have no interest in tattoos, but exactly what makes them "gross"?
     
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    I am not passing judgment on anyone. What makes them gross to ME is that you are permanently scarring (mutilating) your skin with inks to have images permanently etched into your skin. Another reason is that people take tattooing way too far. For example, look up cultural tattoos and some sects of society take it to the extreme and it is just nasty. I wouldn’t mind someone having a very small tattoo if it was innocuous and they had no more than one or two tops, but when they just keep inking and inking, it gets sickening to me. It’s like people who overexercise and get the permanent beer gut because they’re so muscular and have massive veins popping out of everywhere. It’s unappealing to look at it.
     
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    Don't have any (nor do I plan to), and don't know of any particular rules.

    (And to note: the OP didn't ask what each of you thought of tattoos. "Gross" is a subjective word that can be debated forever, but in the end will never be resolved because it's a personal opinion.)
     
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    This is true.
     
  16. Ima Teacher

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    I was curious because I’d never heard the word gross used to describe tattoos.

    I made sure all of mine are easily covered because I know they aren’t acceptable for many people or places. I usually keep mine covered around my mom because she doesn’t care for them.
     
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    I respect this. Thank you for being courteous to others.
     
  18. txbelle

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    I feel your post was a touch judgmental with words like "gross" and "nasty". However, you have the right to your opinion and as adults we don't always have to agree. Tattoos sometimes have deep personal meanings and it can be easy for a person to be a little touchy about how you phrased your opinion.

    I find tattoos very artistic, full of expression, and (most of the time) beautiful. I also know that they are not for everyone...to each their own.
    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. :)
     
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    The prof is a worse instigator than I am, and that's saying a lot!! Don't take his sayings to heart.
     
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    I won't :D
     
  21. futuremathsprof

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    ;)
     
  22. Been There

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    I think members of this forum are often waaaaay too sensitive when it comes to judgemental comments. No matter what kind of post is submitted, it is virtually impossible for responders not to express their personal opinions whether the OP asked for it or not. I've been openly accused of "criticizing" others when I was merely expressing my point of view - ironically, the responder was openly criticizing me for making critical comments! With the exception of the moderators, I don't think it's necessary or appropriate for us to point it out when we sense that a post is "a touch judgmental". Since it can be easy for a person to be a little touchy about how an opinion is phrased, must we all tread so lightly that spontaneous, dynamic, stimulating dialog becomes mere milk toast discussion? Give me a break! Mathmagic astutely pointed out that the OP didn't ask what we thought of tattoos. Txbelle and others were quick to state their opinions about tattoos even though the OP's question simply required an affirmative or negative response - so what? It's all good!

    Here's my point: Using contemporary vernacular, everyone should just "chill". We don't have to respond to what others may write simply to prove a point. Regardless of whether a comment is offensive, critical, positive or negative to you does not mean that it's your duty to set the person straight - even if you think you are right and the person is wrong. We have no clear idea what the writer's situation is or what life experiences have molded the expressed comments. Does it really matter if a stated generalization is applicable to an OP's experience or workplace and not the entire field? We should all make an effort to see things from the writer's perspective, even if they are diametrically opposed to our own. It would also help for us to apply critical thinking and reflection before spouting off or scolding others. Of course, there may be instances when a thread becomes so convoluted and repetitious that it's hard not to wonder if we are being "duped". It should be OK to express that sentiment as well without being scolded for doing so - after all, isn't this an open public forum?

    In a field that is known for its lack of innovation and creativity (with the exception of your classroom/school, or course), we should encourage divergent thought, provocative ideas and yes, critical dialog. Those who seek to restrict, limit or otherwise censor what some may deem to be "offensive" are in fact stifling the free exchange of personal opinions, imaginations, and potential solutions to real problems. Why should we continue to hobble ourselves?

    I personally would hope to see more individuals using reflective questioning to promote introspection to help others here, instead of always doing the thinking for them. A common practice of effective teachers is to ask reflective questions such as: Why do you think . . . ? What might have caused . . .? What could you have done differently? In this way, those seeking help would learn new coping skills that could be generalized to future problem situations.

    "Acquire new knowledge whilst thinking over the old, and you may become a teacher of others." - Confucius, 551 BC​
     
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    :agreed::anyone:
     
  24. txbelle

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    Boy, it is quite amazing how a post can just go off the rails.

    Soooo...tattoos?
     
  25. Ima Teacher

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    I love mine. No regrets. :p
     
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    You're right, but sometimes going off the rails (I prefer to call it a technical adjustment) is needed to help us get back on track. It's just a simple matter of consciously clicking Resume. :)
     
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    I don't have tattoos, but teachers with them need to be covered in my rural South Carolina district.
     
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    It’s the same in my district. My former partner had one on her ankle and used a bandaid to cover it.
     
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    I have 2 tattoos currently. I have an infinity with a heart on my foot and a bracelet with my husband and my initials on it. Both are visible at times and my district doesn't care. I will be getting 2 more next month. I will get one combining the logos of the colleges where I got my undergrad and master's degrees from on my ankle and the other will be a mother/daughter design (we haven't decided what we are getting yet).
     
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    It's a complete non-issue in my district as long as you don't have anything offensive. I've got several, a few of which are visible. Let's see, upper right arm there's "To infinity and beyond!", right shoulder blade has my kids' birthdays, left shoulder blade has my dragon, upper left arm outside there is "Never forget to learn and be inspired", over the heart I've got the 82nd Airborne's unit patch (I earned my wings dang it), legs are pretty much covered in everything from dragons to swords to geeky things.*

    *I should probably clarify this maybe a little. So my left leg is my prosthetic leg which I lost just above the knee cap but it was basically covered in ink before hand. So where it stops there's still tattoos. Also my prosthetic leg the people who make it stretched a Harley Davidson t-shirt over it and clear coat sealed it on.
     
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    I have four tattoos. I placed all of them in areas that are easily covered. I have one on my ribs, one on my hip, and two on my ankles (one per foot). My ankle tattoos occasionally peak out, but it's not a big deal.

    I love my tattoos and am also happy I had the insight as a young 18/20 year old to put them in places that I could hide!!!! Tattoos aren't a big deal in the last school where I worked (I also had blue and pink hair...), but the school I am moving to I think would be a larger issue. I'd hands down get more ink if I came up with another good idea :)
     
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