Tattoos, Piercings and Style
I have a tattoo on my upper right arm. Very few people have seen it since it is hidden by the shirts I wear to work and I do not openly tell everyone I am a marked man. The three holes in my ear where hoop and cross rings once dangled (a protégé of George Michael), never closed completely. They have sparked enough conversations to last a lifetime and I do not like to explain my "wild side."
I have seen amazing body art on both men and women and even worked on a guy who had an infection due to a body modification procedure. I have seen staff openly share where their tattoos and piercings were while in the therapy gym with patients around. I have no problem with body art but not in front of the clients we serve. Some things need to be left at the therapy gym door and picked up when going home at the end of the day.
Those therapists and assistants new to the field who already have piercings and tattoos, may consider covering the tattoos and removing some of the piercings until their clients get to know them better. I once met an ER Doogie Howser-looking doctor who had large gauge earrings in. You think I took him seriously when he talked to me?
If you are like me, you leave your individualistic styles at the door and conform to the dress code standards at work. I'm sure my patients would not want me treating them while I have my baseball hat on backward, a spaghetti stained white tank top and greasy, dirty jeans with frayed ends. Maybe I could pull out my denim jean jacket with the back patch and wear that to work sometime too. It has a Ramones button on it for true individualistic action.
I knew a very intelligent and experienced RT who wore a death metal shirt and jeans to work for several weeks before he was let go. I told him he should dress differently while at work but he said he was not going to dress like everyone else; he was an individual. Hopefully he can find work that allows it.