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Tattoos May No Longer Be Taboo At Work

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ATLANTA -- Week after week, Jesse Brown pounded the pavement on the job hunt.

But there's one reference he kept to himself. He has a number of tattoos and didn't want the ink on his arms to speak louder than the ink on his résumé.

"If you're going to be a CFO or something, they probably don't want somebody covered," Brown said.

As tattoos become more mainstream, are perceptions changing of people who choose to get them?

Local "Million Second Quiz" contestant C.J. Hilliard said people often make snap judgments about him because he has 25 tattoos.

"Most people don't assume that I would be good at a game like 'Million Second Quiz,'" Hilliard said.

"And when I beat them at Trivial Pursuit and 'Jeopardy!', their eyes go like this," he added, opening his eyes wide.

Some people still think getting a tattoo is a mistake. But if it is a mistake, it's one plenty of people are making.

"It's gotten so accepted now," said Phillip Colvin, owner of Memorial Tattoo. "I've got a surgeon right now that I'm working on getting pretty much a full back piece."

As for Brown, he got a job as a Web design firm where he feels his ink is accepted.

"I think it all comes down to how you carry yourself and how professional you can be," he said.


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