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Thinking Twice About Tattoos

University of CaliforniaBill Hill

Tattoos are all the rage these days, but what you may think is cool art or personal expression, may work against you when you look for a job. A lot of employers frown on tattoos, and it has a lot of people thinking twice about getting one now.

Tattoo's are more popular than ever and professionals estimate one in eight people have a tattoo. But a new trend has most people getting tattoo's where you can't see them.

Tattoo artist Chris Corvi talked about his facial tattoos saying "If I wasn't in this industry it would certainly be the wrong decision" Corvi says if the tattoo market dried up, he'd have to own his own business if he wanted to work, explaing that "There is no way i will get a job outside of here {tatooing} looking like i do."

Corvi's boss agrees, Bill Hill of Wild Bill Tattoos says he always asks customers to think twice before they ink. Hill says "I've had so many people walk in and say what can i do to remove this and I say what and they uncover the tattoo on their hand." But Hill warns beyond being stuck with a tattoo, in this tough job market, body art in the wrong place could cost you a job. Hill tells for FOX40 "Lets face it most employers don't want to hire people with tattoos on their hands face or neck."

Aside from appearance, tattoo's done wrong and with unclean equipment can cause serious health problems, like it did for the family of UC Davis Department of Hematology and Oncology Professor Marlene von Friederichs-Fitzwater. von Friederichs-Fitzwater says "One of my sons was just diagnosed a year ago with Hepatitis C from a tattoo he got almost 20 years ago."

UC Davis and Sacramento State have started a campaign called "Be Smart with Body Art," teaching young people how to pick the right place to get a tattoo and avoid getting infections like Hepatitis C. von Friederichs-Fitzwater says it's, "A silent epidemic that will eventually kill more people than aids world wide, so it's a very serious problem that we are just starting to recognize and acknowledge."

Most tattoo parlors, like Wild Bill Tattoos, will actually open their sanitized tools in front of you. If they don't you might want to start asking questions about how they will protect you from disease.

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