Medical Director- Respiratory at AstraZeneca
Tattoos can transmit serious diseases like hepatitis C ( a serious infection of the liver), although the risk is not huge it is not zero. While you can occasionally see doctors and nurses who have gotten tattoos when they were young and foolish, it is a fairly silly thing to do. It is all about "self expression" and that sort of thing, and highly successful people do not write on themselves to self express, they do stuff that makes an impact on the world and do not waste time having people write on them. You will not see a lot of 55 year old CEOs or 50 year old brain surgeons stroll into the tattoo parlor for their first or even second ink job. It is the kind of thing associated with youth, foolishness and immaturity, and not immediately associated with high achievement and professional leadership. So while it does not make it impossible to get a job, those of us who are older know smart young people can do really stupid things, it does not help, and multiple tattoos in visible places suggests less than great judgement. It is also sort of self absorbed. In a world were poor people in foreign countries sometimes do not have clean water to drink because they are so poor, does it really make sense to take excess money and use it to have a permanent drawing placed on your arm or whatever, that you may hate in 5 years, or would it make more sense to donate the money to a poor person or homeless person or other good cause. Really to use 250 dollars to permanently draw on yourself? Does that sound like an intelligent use of time or money?