Your Tattoos Can Actually Help You Get a Job, Says Study

If you’ve been holding back from getting that half sleeve, we have some good news for you.

Not only have tattoos been linked to stronger immune systems, a recent study conducted at St. Andrews Universiy in Scotland shows that getting inked can actually help you land that dream job.

Research shows that sporting tattoos can “positively convey” an organization’s image, especially if you’re looking to work at a place with a younger or edgier company culture.


“Body art can be seen as an asset in the labour market, as long as an applicant’s tattoos are compatible with the organization’s wider brand personality,” explains Dr. Andrew Timming, the author of the study.

For the study, researchers showed people with managerial experience pictures of men and women in their 30s. They were then shown altered photos that showed the various people with neck tattoos.

The participants were then asked which people were more likely to be hired as a bartender or bouncer at a nightclub or trendy bar, and which were more likely to be hired as a waiter at an upscale restaurant.

The not-so-shocking result? The tattooed people were felt to be a better fit for a position at a nightclub or trendy bar.


While the study’s findings may seem a bit obvious, Dr. Timming points out that most research up until now has focused on the negative effects of tattoos on employability, rather than the positive.

So if you’re looking to work at a start-up or one of the many trendy restaurants that seem to pop up every day in Toronto, a tattoo or two shouldn’t hurt your chances. However, if you want to get into a more conservative field, you might want to wear long sleeves to the interview just to be safe.