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Publication date: 26 October 2020

Lee Barron

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Tattoos and Popular Culture
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ISBN: 978-1-83909-215-2

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Publication date: 15 October 2018

Beverly Yuen Thompson

The act of becoming ‘heavily tattooed’, with its historical association with deviant subcultures, continues to carry a social stigma and evoke negative sanctions. This is…

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The act of becoming ‘heavily tattooed’, with its historical association with deviant subcultures, continues to carry a social stigma and evoke negative sanctions. This is especially so for women, who must also contend with gender norms within the highly masculinised tattoo subculture. For women, the experience of becoming heavily tattooed comes to represent an embodied resistance to normative ideals of beauty, against which the participants construct their own alternative gender and beauty philosophies. Besides gender norms, the tattoo world has specific ethos which divides the serious subcultural member from those more casually connected to it. The physical parameter of the subculture finds people gathering in tattoo studios and at tattoo conventions, as well as consuming tattoo-oriented media, such as magazines and television shows. This study draws on in-depth interviews with 36 participants across the United States who consider themselves serious tattoo collectors. From their stories, we learn about the importance of participating in this leisure activity and how becoming heavily tattooed impacts their sense of self, gender and identity.

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Subcultures, Bodies and Spaces: Essays on Alternativity and Marginalization
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ISBN: 978-1-78756-512-8

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Publication date: 15 March 2021

Toyin Ajibade Adisa, Olatunji David Adekoya and Kareem Folohunso Sani

This study draws on social stigma and prejudice to examine the perceptions and beliefs of managers and employees regarding visible tattoos and body piercings, as well as…

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Purpose

This study draws on social stigma and prejudice to examine the perceptions and beliefs of managers and employees regarding visible tattoos and body piercings, as well as the impact they have on potential employment and human resource management in the global South, using Nigeria as the research context.

Design/methodology/approach

The study uses a qualitative research approach, drawing on data from 43 semi-structured interviews with employees and managers in Nigeria.

Findings

Contrary to the popular opinion that tattoos and body piercings are becoming more accepted and mainstream in society, this study finds that some Nigerian employers and employees may stigmatise and discriminate against people with visible tattoos and body piercings. The findings of this study suggest that beliefs about tattoos are predicated on ideologies as well as religious and sociocultural values, which then influence corporate values.

Research limitations/implications

The extent to which the findings of this research can be generalised is constrained by the limited sample and scope of the research.

Practical implications

Religious and sociocultural preconceptions about people with visible tattoos and body piercings have negative implications for the recruitment and employment of such people and could prevent organisations from hiring and keeping talented employees. This implies that talented employees might experience prejudice at job interviews, preventing them from gaining employment. Furthermore, stigmatising and discriminating against people with visible tattoos and body piercings may lead to the termination of employment of talented employees, which could negatively affect organisational productivity and growth.

Originality/value

This study provides an insight into the employment relations regarding tattoos and body piercing in Nigeria. The study highlights the need for mild beliefs and positive perceptions about people with visible tattoos and unconventional body piercings. There should be a general tolerance of the individual preference for body art and physical appearance, and this tolerance should be incorporated in organisational policies, which are enactments of corporate culture.

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Career Development International, vol. 26 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1362-0436

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Skin, Meaning, and Symbolism in Pet Memorials
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ISBN: 978-1-78756-422-0

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Publication date: 27 June 2019

Racheal Harris

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Skin, Meaning, and Symbolism in Pet Memorials
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ISBN: 978-1-78756-422-0

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Publication date: 26 October 2020

Lee Barron

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Tattoos and Popular Culture
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ISBN: 978-1-83909-215-2

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Publication date: 1 October 2021

Charlotte Dann

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Navigating Tattooed Women's Bodies
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ISBN: 978-1-83909-830-7

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Book part
Publication date: 26 October 2020

Lee Barron

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Tattoos and Popular Culture
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83909-215-2

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Publication date: 1 October 2021

Charlotte Dann

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Navigating Tattooed Women's Bodies
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ISBN: 978-1-83909-830-7

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Publication date: 1 October 2021

Charlotte Dann

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Navigating Tattooed Women's Bodies
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ISBN: 978-1-83909-830-7

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