piece of work

Tat­toos have be­come a key way of mark­ing ca­reer mile­stones.

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Statis­tics in­di­cate that one in five Aus­tralians has a tat­too – and 52 per cent of that num­ber has more than one – so all those omi­nous warn­ings from mothers that “a tat­too is for­ever” didn’t do much in the way of dis­cour­age­ment. But while there’s still a stigma around vis­i­ble tat­toos in the work­place (par­tic­u­larly in cor­po­rate client-fac­ing roles), a grow­ing trend of get­ting ink that’s di­rectly re­lated to your job may be a step to­wards chang­ing all that.

“My tat­too is a sig­nif­i­cant but not overly used em­blem our com­pany used in its starter years,” says Syd­ney’s Marc Fat­tore, who got a tat­too to com­mem­o­rate the launch of the life­style la­bel he co-founded, Geedup. “I didn’t want it to be heav­ily branded, but at the same time I wanted to make sure ev­ery­one knew what it meant. Even if I’m not with the com­pany in the com­ing years, it stands for a lot more than just a busi­ness turn­ing over money.”

Or­ange Is The New Black ac­tress Ruby Rose is no stranger to com­mem­o­ra­tive ink ei­ther; the for­mer VJ has “MTV” across her fingers and the May­belline slo­gan “Maybe she’s born with it” on her col­lar­bone from her years as a brand am­bas­sador. It’s a par­tic­u­larly strong trend in the char­ity sec­tor, with de­voted founders and em­ploy­ees alike tat­too­ing lo­gos to sig­nify their com­mit­ment to the cause.

As we con­tinue to work harder and harder and clock up longer hours in the of­fice, it’s a sign of the times that peo­ple are opting for ink to immortalise their ca­reer path or busi­ness start­ing up. Sure, a post-team-day visit to a tat­too par­lour might not be de rigueur just yet, but con­sider this: the cost of a small tat­too is about the same as a bot­tle of Dom Pérignon. The way you cel­e­brate your next pro­mo­tion might leave your mother tsk-tsk­ing.

“IT’S A SIGN OF THE TIMES THAT PEO­PLE ARE OPTING FOR INK TO IMMORTALISE THEIR CA­REER PATH OR BUSI­NESS START­ING UP”

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