Challenging "old" investment banking conventions - getting a tattoo, yay or nay?

Dear forum,

As we all know, the banking industry is regarded as quite conservative in the eye of the broader public. Alas, a tattoo would be something not suitable to get as an employee of this industry. At least according the mainstream view of the banking industry I presume.

I have always had a fascination of tattoos, and I have always wanted to get a few of them. I did not get a tattoo earlier in life because my parents was strictly opposing that (asian parents, not too conservative but still huge opponents of tattoos).

Now that I am older, I am seriously considering getting a tattoo. A big one, like a sleeve or something similar. But, as an analyst in an investment bank I am afrad this will be affecting my career progression negatively. I know, we live in 2017 and tattoos is not a "big thing" any longer. But when it comes to banking you never know.

I would love to hear your views on this as I am really keen on having a tattoo. Still, I guess I would not put my career at risk just for a tattoo.

Best,

F1_button

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Oct 7, 2017

Tattoos are for people with poor memories. If it was important, I'd remember everyday and don't need to ink it in my skin. A butterfly above your butt just means you're a whore.

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Oct 7, 2017

I agree with your sentiment here. Tattoos are disgusting and gross.

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Oct 7, 2017

Getting a tatoo or not is up to you, I would never get one for a variety of reasons. But if you do it then make sure it is not visible in your work clothes

Oct 7, 2017

I think it depends on a number of things. Office culture, where you see yourself going and working in the future, etc.

I work with a HBS/W/S grad who worked at a top EB for a number of years, and when he wears a T-shirt into the office, his tat is slightly visible. No one cares, but he runs the place. Therefore, even if someone didn't like it, what are they gonna do, right? I do not know if he had it when he was at his elite boutique, but my assumption would be that he does.

That said, a sleeve is something entirely different. This is difficult to hide if you are out golfing with clients, or even just dressed casually for a couple drinks during the summer time.

My recommendation would be to consider a small and discrete one to start off, and ideally something small.

Just some random interns $.02, but I hope this helps you consider all your options.

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Oct 7, 2017

I've heard that Jamie has a "Thug Life" chest piece.

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Dec 19, 2017

@Deal Team Six is right. Visible tattoos depend on a culture and etc., but "what momma don't know, won't hurt her." If it's not visible and wont ever be visible to your supervisors or clients then there's no problem. I have tons of tattoos and my septum pierced and smoke. How is this possible? Well I wear cloths to work and any normal banking job requires long pants and long collared shirt. If your work lets you wear a polo and jeans then it's pretty laid back and you can probably get away with a quarter sleeve, but not a full sleeve. As long as you can hide something and it doesn't affect normal business then you're fine. But always float stuff by your superiors and coworkers first. Just because you work in banking doesn't mean you have to look the same outside of work or be an asshole like @TippyTop11 . At the end of the day do whatever you want as long as you do your DD first.

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Oct 7, 2017

You should get a tattoo of my original comment. It'd look great above your butterfly tat.

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Dec 19, 2017

I think tattoos on body parts that could be covered up like chest or calves should be fine.

"If you're afraid - don't do it, if you're doing it - don't be afraid!"
-- Genghis Khan

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Dec 19, 2017

easy general rule: if it's visible with professional/semi professional attire, probably not the best idea

even if you're not rolling up your shirt, i wouldn't do a full sleeve without a good deal of thought

Dec 20, 2017

I think it's fine

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Dec 20, 2017
F1_button:

I know, we live in 2017 and tattoos is not a "big thing" any longer.

Says who?

Be careful with this line of thinking, it's an overly-broad statement. Just because the "instagram crowd" is filled with tattoos that doesn't necessarily mean that everyone accepts tattoos.

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Dec 21, 2017
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