Tattoos

  oresome 20:39 16 Oct 2012
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Britain’s top policeman has banned all officers and staff from having tattoos on their hands, necks or faces.

In an edict sent to all those who work at Scotland Yard, the Commissioner said that prominent tattoos “damage the professional image” of the country’s biggest force.

I must admit to not liking tattoos and forming an immediate negative impression of anyone displaying one or more of them. I realise that this can be quite unjustified, but nevertheless it is my initial impression and takes some time for me to overcome. (My daughter has more than one, but they are not normally visible)

I'm in agreement with the Commissioner..........what do you think?

  woodchip 21:53 16 Oct 2012

I don't like them, If we was meant to have them I think we would have been born with a pot of paint in our hands. To me they are a disfigurement that can never be removed, without chopping lumps out. And am sure that many who have them would remove them if they could in later life

  Forum Editor 22:25 16 Oct 2012

I agree with the Commissioner. Wearing tattoos has become fashionable, but the taste for it will decline, and in the years to come I think there will be huge numbers of middle aged people who will reflect on a youthful indulgence with regret.

In the meantime, the Police are a uniformed service, and the whole point of wearing uniforms is just that - presenting a uniform appearance.

  sunnystaines 06:01 17 Oct 2012

agree too

  kad60 06:52 17 Oct 2012

Where does this ban put undercover officers who need to blend in with their target crowd.?

The wearing of tattoos is not just about displaying a beautiful and/or symbolic image it also denotes particular gang membership and this could also reflect status when in a particular position on the body.

A blanket ban might not be the best means to enable infiltration into criminal organisations.

On another note tattoos have become ingrained into the cultural landscape and whereas an individual may at some stage regret the course of youthful inhibition i don't think they will fade away any time soon.

As a statement of intent tattoos are an individuals rejection of that uniformity and conformity of which the FE writes.

  morddwyd 06:59 17 Oct 2012

"As a statement of intent tattoos are an individuals rejection of that uniformity and conformity of which the FE writes."

That's exactly what they aren't.

As has been said, they are the fashion at they moment, and people want to be "in the fashion"

  kad60 07:12 17 Oct 2012

To people who wish to be 'seen' or follow the herd instinct and fawn over celebrity culture i would agree with you but there are those who get tattoos for lifestyle reasons beyond or indeed in spite of the fashionistas.

  Quickbeam 09:31 17 Oct 2012

"...the word "Ludo" on their tummy..."

I don't think tummy is right Bing.alau...

  Forum Editor 09:44 17 Oct 2012

"there are those who get tattoos for lifestyle reasons beyond or indeed in spite of the fashionistas."

There may be a few, but the silly thing about that is how easy it is to say 'I'm tattooed for lifestyle reasons'. Everyone is tattooed for lifestyle reason, it's just that different people choose different lifestyles. I'm quite sure that the majority of people do it because David Beckham and people like him have tattoos. It's largely a peer group thing, and these fashions always fade after a time. Tattoing as a rite of passage thing may last longer because brainless parents are allowing their children to have them.

It's a personal choice, and I support everyone's right to make it, but if you want to be in the Police, and the rule is 'no visible tattoos' you are free not to join up.

  Brumas 10:24 17 Oct 2012

There is nothing worse then seeing overweight, older women, wearing skimpy sleeveless tops which expose crudely drawn tattoos - it doesn't look so bad in younger women because they usually have a better figure to carry it off. Even if the tattoos are professionally done they, in my opinion, look out of place.

I'll get my coat before I am accused of sexism ;o}

  Strawballs 11:22 17 Oct 2012

Woodchip "if we were meant to have tatoos we would have been born with a pot of paint in our hands" where do we stop there, If we were meant to fly we would have been born with wings, if we were meant to drive we would have been born with wheels, if we were meant to use computers we would have been born with a keyboard in our hands etc etc etc.

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