Does getting a visible tattoo (hand, lower arm, neck) mean curtains for your career? Does anyone have any anecdotal evidence for or against?
On a related note, is it bad form to get a visible tattoo while you are at a job (hired for 5-6 months now) without mentioning it first?
With that in mind, there are several ways that one can stack the deck against one's self. Morbid obesity, poor personal hygiene, vampire costumes, and, yes, visible tattoos can all serve the purpose of closing a door that might otherwise be open to you.
The questions you need to ask yourself are how important is it that all possible doors remain open, and whether you're in a position in life where the occasional closed door leading to an environment you don't want to inhabit might actually be a good thing.
And of course, the big question. Is there even the smallest possibility that several decades from now your life, values, opinions, career, etc. will have evolved to a place where you find it really really inconvenient to have a marker of the social situation and personal biases you happened to have at age 19 permanently stamped onto the back of your neck.
I certainly wouldn't want that guy in charge of my tattoos today.
At some point soon, you'll mature and get older. And you'll realize that faded, unintelligible blob of ink really isn't that important to who you are.
And people will judge you. It hasn't really hurt me a whole lot in life, but I definitely had to jump over that initial hurdle of "I'm not a threat" again and again.
I make sure at all times i'm well groomed, dressed appropriately, etc though, so as not to try fall into any stereotypes about tattooed people in general (at least while at work!).
I think it depends entirely on your workplace, the kind of area your workplace is in (major city for me), your attitude, and how good you are at your job.
The view I take is if someone has such hostility towards my tattoos that we can't work together, we probably shouldn't be working together anyway. (Tattoos to me are representative of my life story and are given a lot of thought/designing)
A few years ago, I showed up for an interview in a suit, tie, and wingtips. A coworker hired about the same time, showed up for his in tee-shirt, baggies, and Teva's.
He was a better fit for the corporate culture and stayed for seven years. I left after about a year.
On the other hand, in the US, either get it, or don't. Making a big deal and asking permission is a sign of weakness.
I am happy and I consider myself successful.
It depends on what you mean when you say "curtains for your career" I would imagine.
I think all the rest, including lower arm are OK in IT generally as long as you care about your posture and presentation(don't forget to be good at what you do, of course)
I got my first visibly-visible one(on my pulse) 5-6 months in and nobody cared, I didn't ask for permission or mentioned it... I think it would be like going to the boss and asking if I should get my hair cut or not