Tattoos can be a hindrance when searching for a job. That’s the case for Melissa Sloan, who is covered from head to toe in tattoos and has faced nothing but rejection in all her job applications.
While tattoos are becoming more common, they still pose a problem in the workplace. Melissa Sloan, a 48-year-old mother from Wales, has experienced this firsthand. She is covered in tattoos from head to toe.
Currently, she has over 800 tattoos that cover her entire body, including her face. The woman in her forties gets tattooed every week by her partner Luke in their own home.
Unemployed, Melissa is actively searching for work, but her applications always result in rejection. If Melissa is never hired, she is convinced that it’s because of her appearance.
“I can’t find work; I never get hired. I applied for a job cleaning toilets in my area, and they didn’t hire me because of my tattoos. I had a job once, but it didn’t last long. But if someone offered me a job tomorrow, I would go work and accept the offer,” she stated.
Excluded because of her tattoos
Melissa is currently unemployed and relies on government assistance to make ends meet. Despite facing numerous rejections, she continues to actively search for work.
In addition to being a barrier in the professional world, Melissa’s many tattoos exclude her from certain events. For example, she cannot attend religious ceremonies for Christmas with her family. Going to school to watch her children’s performances is also impossible for her because she faces disapproving looks from teachers and parents. Melissa is also excluded from several bars and tattoo shops. To continue getting tattooed every week, she can only rely on Luke.