Entertainment Fashion & Style Finding a Job When You Have Tattoos, Piercings, or Body Modifications Share PINTEREST Email Print David Lees/The Image Bank/Getty Images Fashion & Style Tattoos and Body Piercings Accessories Tops & Sweaters Dresses Skirts Jeans Pants Outerwear Lingerie & Swimwear Do It Yourself Shoes Skincare Advice Makeup Hair Fragrance Kids and Teens Bumps & Babies Learn More By Karen L. Hudson Contributing Writer Karen L. Hudson is a tattoo artist and contributing writer for Byrdie. our editorial process Karen L. Hudson Updated February 19, 2020 Unfortunately, people with visible body art who seek work often find their applications and resumes at the bottom of an employer’s pile. It’s still considered an undesirable trait in most industries and professions, and prejudicial stereotyping abounds. If you have tattoos, piercings, or any other visible modifications, you’ve got an automatic strike against you when it comes to impressing a potential future employer, even if you ace your interview. As much as it pains me to say this, we have reached the point of the proverbial “desperate times” that call for “desperate measures.” This article is designed to help you seek and find a job, but we’ll warn you right now that you’re not going to like some of it. Pride vs. Practicality We applaud anyone who stands up and says, “I don’t care. I’m not covering my body art for anyone.” Well, we applaud them as long as they can pay their bills and take care of their families. However, if pride and stubbornness are preventing you from being able to do those things, then your priorities need to be examined. The fact of the matter is this: you need money to survive, and you need work to have money. If that means going against your natural inclinations and shunning your rebellious side for a few hours a day, so be it. It’s time to “think anew and act anew.” But there’s more to finding a job than just covering up your body art. Seeking Jobs That Allow Tattoos and Piercings The good news is that more and more companies are shedding the old perceptions about body art and are changing their policies to at least allow some visible tattoos and/or piercings as long as they meet certain criteria. As long as you’re not looking for a corporate position, you may be able to find a part or full-time job at one of these companies. So, the first thing you need to know is what career fields and companies are body art friendly. Let’s start with the easiest option first, and that would be finding a job with a company that doesn’t have a problem with visible body art. We all know that you can get a job at most fast food joints if you have body art, although most of them will still make you cover any piercings with a band-aid. But for most adults, especially those with families, an entry-level job in fast food isn’t the optimal situation (although you should be willing to at least get a job in fast food temporarily if that’s what it takes to put food on the table while you search for better work. A little money is better than no money at all.) So, if you’re looking for something a little more substantial than flipping burgers, where do you start? Body Art Friendly Employers Below is a very preliminary list of places that have been reputed to allow tattooed and/or pierced employees. We hope that this list grows with time. It’s also important to note that it's always possible that the policies are different from one region to the next. This list is just to help you get started; it will still be your responsibility to find out exactly what your local branch allows. Whole Foods Sally's Beauty Supply Hot Topic/Torrid Trader Joe's Border's Books Target Claire's Boutique Piercing Pagoda Burlington Coat Factory Albertson's Big Lots Barnes & Noble IKEA Forever 21 Journeys Spencer's Gifts Sam Ash Staples Blockbuster Ticketmaster Hard Rock Cafe/Hotel Best Buy Kohl's Anthropologie Home Depot Lowe's Petco Google Fed Ex (Delivery) UPS MAC Cosmetics LUSH Cosmetics Tokyo Joe's Dunkin Donuts Half Price Books Applebee's Amazon(.com) Zappos(.com) Expert Answers about Genital Piercings Tattoo and Piercing Friendly Jobs and Career Fields Why Many Tattoo Artists Won't Ink Hands, Feet, or Faces Tattoo and Piercing Friendly Jobs and Career Fields 25 Questions on Tattoos and Piercings You'vee Been too Embarrassed to Ask Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Nipple Piercings Reasons to Reconsider Getting a Tattoo or Body Piercing Tips for Teens: How to Convince Your Parents Tattoos Are OK Becoming a Tattoo Artist National Parks Are Grand Destinations How To Become a Successful Tattoo Artist Trends in the Beauty Industry Over the Past 10 Years You Can Design Tattoo Flash Art Interview with Ink Master's Clint Cummings Meaningful Inner Wrist Tattoo Ideas Is Black Henna Dangerous?