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Story update: Your take on tattoos

, by Jonathan Newton, The Washington Post)

Our query about tattoos in the workplace has sparked a fascinating conversation, and laid open a generational and cultural divide. To some who have posted comments or emailed, a tattoo is an extremely personal expression of self, akin to fashion and hairstyle, a bit of permanent rebellion. To others, it just makes them see red (or green, or magenta); they’re baffled and often angered by someone bringing such an eye-catching display into the office. One worker's conversation starter is another’s affront.

We’ve heard from people who have covered their tattoos at the office for years and are now willing to talk about them (and even let us photograph the body part in question!) For many, the secret beneath their clothes takes a toll, making them feel like they’re concealing an important part of themselves. “It keeps me kind of bottled up,” said a woman who works at the National Institutes of Health. She still remembers the look on her boss’s face the day the AC broke down and she had to roll her sleeves up. Cold.

One group I’d love to hear more from are those who deeply object to tatts, especially at the office. You’ve already made your views clear on the comments board. Now, please consider being a part of the final story; email me at

By Steve Hendrix  | December 1, 2009; 2:48 PM ET
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