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emts and tattoos

Discussion in 'EMS Talk' started by nevets_eural, Dec 9, 2010.

  1. nevets_eural

    nevets_eural New Member

    Location:
    Texas
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Basic
    hey im starting my emt-b school in jan. and me and my wife were planning on getting some tattoos around that time, its her first one so i would love to get one with her..... the problem is that i have decided that my next one would be a sleeve on one of my arms but was just a little nervous about getting it and then being able to get hired after school is finished, any thoughts on the situation? i have no problem covering it up with long sleeve shirts or what ever just wondering if maybe my future employer would maybe look down on me and go with someone who didnt have the tattoos.
  2. MedJPavlo

    MedJPavlo New Member

    Location:
    Calabasas, CA
    anything that shows while wearing your uniform needs to be covered up. Most employers ive met dont mind as long as your always covering them.
  3. TransportJockey

    TransportJockey Active Member

    Location:
    TX/NM
    NOt always true. But good advice anyways. All of mine are either covered by my watch or short sleeves when I'm in uniform. Although in a few months that won't be true any longer
  4. MedJPavlo

    MedJPavlo New Member

    Location:
    Calabasas, CA
    what part isnt true?
  5. TransportJockey

    TransportJockey Active Member

    Location:
    TX/NM
    The whole anything that shows in uniform needs to be covered part. Not all services have that retarded rule. Maybe when some old people start croaking it will go away entirely
  6. MedJPavlo

    MedJPavlo New Member

    Location:
    Calabasas, CA
    really? damn..i need a new job.
  7. nevets_eural

    nevets_eural New Member

    Location:
    Texas
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Basic
    but as a rule of thumb so to speak if i cover them up i should be okay
  8. MedJPavlo

    MedJPavlo New Member

    Location:
    Calabasas, CA
    i wanna say yes.
  9. nevets_eural

    nevets_eural New Member

    Location:
    Texas
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Basic
    because she really wants me to get one with her and if i do thats what its gonna be... a sleeve up my arm
  10. TransportJockey

    TransportJockey Active Member

    Location:
    TX/NM
    Yea. The only 100% disqualifying tattoos I've ever seen are face tats. But if you get yours in places where a short sleeve t-shirt covers them you should be ok. If you don't mind wearing something like underarmour year round, dependent on service, you could get them all the way down your arm if you wanted
  11. nevets_eural

    nevets_eural New Member

    Location:
    Texas
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Basic
    maybe even put the star of life in it, noticed that a lot of the paramedics around my town have it tattooed somewhere, is that like a tradition?
  12. TransportJockey

    TransportJockey Active Member

    Location:
    TX/NM
    A lot of people like getting them once they get certified. I actually have one on the back of my right shoulder.
  13. MedJPavlo

    MedJPavlo New Member

    Location:
    Calabasas, CA
    im getting "glorified taxi driver" tatted on my back. naw jus kidding. i wanna get a star tattoo
  14. nevets_eural

    nevets_eural New Member

    Location:
    Texas
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Basic
    alright well cool beans hopefully everything will work out thanks for all the imput everyone
  15. medic417

    medic417 The Truth Provider

    Many quality systems will not allow any exposed tats. It is not just about what the system wants it is also to avoid offending or even upsetting patients. Some idiots get grim reapers and wonder why patients or patients families get upset.
  16. nevets_eural

    nevets_eural New Member

    Location:
    Texas
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Basic
    lol yeah i could see where that could be a problem
  17. Aidey

    Aidey Forum Deputy Chiefette Community Leader

    Location:
    USA
    Every service is different. Some don't care, some required they are covered and others won't hire you. Basically is it a risk you are going to have to decide if you want to take or not, and go from there. My personal feeling is that if you haven't gotten it yet, get it somewhere easily hidden because it will make things a lot easier in the long run.
  18. reaper

    reaper Working Bum

    Location:
    In a Fantasy
    EMT jobs are hard to come by. Do you want to take the chance? There an abundance of EMT's looking for work. If an employer does not like tats, they have plenty of people to pick from that do not have them.

    Why not wait till you find work and see how they feel about them. Instead of putting yourself out of the running, right away!
  19. citizensoldierny

    citizensoldierny New Member

    Location:
    NY
    Nevets,
    I would think past EMT as for the most part it won't make you rich and health care is full of people that are more than a little stodgy. Are full sleeves really what you want to be your first impression on a paramedic preceptor, or a nursing instructor? With that being said though, I have tats and they show when I wear scrubs and peek out below short sleeve shirts but they are tasteful and I have a fairly permissive employer. Would I get them again knowing what I know probably, full sleeves most likely not though.
  20. firecoins

    firecoins IFT Puppet

    Location:
    Nyack, NY
    I know some tattos that have EMTs permanently attached.

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