Tattoos in high finance

Hi all,

First time poster, sorry if it's not relevant. I'm an undergraduate student eyeing high finance for my career. I also have some tattoos, that I've done in places that are easy to hide. Only thing is, I want the whole shabang - sleeves and neck tattoos, fuck it, even on my hands. Really I just love the aesthetic. Personally I think it'd look badass it if my financial advisor was tatted. What's your experience with tattoos at the office? Is it worth it? Does it really sabotage a career like people used to say or is the culture changing? Thanks

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2mo
Mantis Toboggan MD, what's your opinion? Comment below:
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That's my assumption. Would employers have a problem with tattoos even if they can be covered?

Dude they don't strip you down and do a tattoo check. I have 3 tats, all on my torso and nobody I work with has ever seen them.

Don't get anything that can't be covered up with a long sleeve shirt and pants, if you want to be more careful make that a short sleeve shirt, even more careful than that (like if you're worried about running into people at the gym or whatever) t-shirt and shorts. If you get a sleeve obviously you're not going to show it off at the interview, once you start the job stick to long sleeve shirts at first then as you get to know the culture of your group better play it by ear as far as whether or not you want to roll the sleeves up from time to time.

I legitimately wouldn't hire someone with face/neck/hand tats to do handyman work around my house, let alone for a white collar job. 

2mo
BoutiqueAsc, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I worked at an EB for years you won't be taken seriously if you have the tattoos on your hands or neck (visible when wearing business casual or suit).

People did have tattoos but always covered them in IB. I like tattoos but would never have them on hands / neck you'll probably regret that.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Cov
2mo

Worked with an associate who had sleeve tats and was always wearing short sleeves. Also, should note this dude was a massive prick/hardo and this was in pubfin, not exactly Goldman TMT lol.

2mo
equityanarchist, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Have a half sleeve and it's a little bit on the darker side. Think black ink and American traditional with roses, daggers, and latin. Just started at my new firm and we had a little weekend outing and it was hot so I wore a polo. Had been dreading flashing it all but it seemed to go ok. The people that made comments said it was cool and were surprised I had that much ink. Older MD looked puzzled but seemed to not care too much. I only wear polos on none client days but it's definitely becoming more normal for people to have at least one tat.

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Cov
2mo

Tattoos look like total shit and make you look low IQ and poor (because most people with them are low IQ proles, so you're lumped in with them)

The only people in finance who can get away with tattoos are ex-military

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Cov
2mo

Lol tattoos look like trash. Enjoy looking like you work an hourly job at Arby's with your methhead buddies

I'm actually surprised at how pro-tattoo this board is given how few people I know in finance have them (and how most of them share my sentiment). I guess this place is swarming with non-targets, so I suppose it makes sense

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BBA18, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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Thomas Pynchon, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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Jokes aside, I'd steer away from face/neck/hand tattoos. Everything else is fair game, IMO. Sure some boomers and WASPy kids will judge you and perhaps make a comment if they know or see them, but why do you even care? As I've said before, I have more ink than probably everyone else on this board and it hasn't negatively impacted my career one bit. 

  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
2mo

I have two full sleeves. Over my first couple of months I'd wear nothing but long sleeves. Fast forward one year at a company event and I walk into the co-head of the group while wearing a polo. Mind you, this guy is ~70. He looks me straight in the eyes and says your tattoos are great, I was thinking about getting one myself with my granddaughters' names. First impressions matter, but once those are formed a tattoo won't change them. Although, I'd highly advise against getting anything that's visible while wearing a suit

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