Employers With No Visible Tattoo Policies

No Visible Tattoo Policy

No Visible Tattoo Policy

We will be combing the Internet and keeping our ears open for all of the companies with no visible or restrictive tattoo policies and posting links and information about their policies here. We will do everything we can to make sure the information listed here is accurate, but we can’t guarantee it. If you know of a tattoo policy at a company we don’t have listed, let us know about it. Many of these employers actually endorse our Ink Armor sleeves.  We can help you get the job you deserve!


  • Abercrombie and Fitch – no visible tattoos
  • Albertson’s Grocery Store – no visible tattoos
  • AMC Theaters – no visible tattoos
  • Banfield Veterinary Hospital (associated with Petsmart) – no visible tattoos
  • Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World – no visible tattoos
  • Bath & Body Works – no offensive visible tattoos
  • Best Western Hotel – no visible tattoos
  • Blockbuster Video – no visible tattoos
  • The Body Shop – no visible tattoos
  • Borders Book Store – tattoos ok
  • Burger King – no visible tattoos
  • Calvin Klein – no visible tattoos
  • Cato Fashions – no visible tattoos
  • CEC Entertainment | Chuck E. Cheese – no visible tattoos or piercings.
  • The Cheesecake Factory – no visible tattoos
  • Circle K – no visible tattoos or piercings
  • Coco’s Bakery Restaurant – no visible tattoos
  • Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf – no visible tattoos
  • Comcast Cable – no visible tattoos (if a person has direct contact with the public)
  • Costco – no visible tattoos
  • Crabtree & Evelyn – no visible tattoos
  • Dairy Queen – no visible tattoos
  • Denny’s Restaurant – no visible tattoos
  • DirectTV – no visible tattoos
  • Disney Store – no visible tattoos
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car – no visible tattoos
  • Express Fashions – no visible tattoos
  • Fairmont Hotels and Resorts- no visible tattoos (might be ok after you’ve worked a couple of months)
  • Friendlys and Friendlys – no visible tattoos
  • Geico Insurance – no visible tattoos
  • GNC General Nutrition Center – no visible tattoos, but no tattoo policy
  • In-N-Out Burger – no visible tattoos
  • KFC – no visible tattoos
  • Kohl’s Department Stores – tattoos ok
  • Little Caesar’s Pizza – no visible tattoos
  • McDonalds – no visible tattoos
  • Movie Gallery – no visible tattoos
  • Nationwide Insurance – tattoos ok (IT staff or others who do not have direct contact with the public)
  • Office Depot – no visible tattoos
  • Olive Garden – no visible tattoos
  • Oreganos Pizza Bistro – no visible tattoos
  • Panera Bread – no visible tattoos
  • Pearson Carpet Care (TX) – no visible tattoos
  • Petsmart – new policy in place allowing “appropriate” tattoos & piercings
  • Pier 1 Imports – no visible tattoos
  • Pizza Hut – no visible tattoos
  • Princess Cruise Lines – no visible tattoos
  • Queen Mary 2 – no visible tattoos
  • RadioShack – no visible tattoos
  • Red Robin Restaurant – no visible tattoos
  • Regal Entertainment Group – no visible tattoos
  • Safeway – no visible tattoos
  • Starbucks – blog post on a tattoos and piercings poll result and their current policy (no visible tattoos)
  • Six Flags Amusement Parks – no visible tattoos
  • Starwood Hotels – no visible tattoos
  • Suncoast Motion Pictures – no visible tattoos
  • Sunglass Hut – no visible tattoos
  • Swiss Chalet – no visible tattoos or piercings
  • Teavana – tattoos and piercings ok
  • Toys “R” Us – no visible tattoos
  • UltraStar Cinemas – no visible tattoos
  • Unites States Postal Service – some tattoos OK – policy varies between branches
  • Van Heusen – no visible tattoos
  • VCA Animal Hospitals – no visible tattoos
  • VNA of Care New England – no visible tattoos
  • Victoria’s Secret – no visible tattoos
  • Yankee Candle – no visible tattoos or piercings
  • Zaxbys – no visible tattoos or piercings


Police Departments:

  • Dallas Police Department, Texas – no visible tattoos
  • Des Moines Police Department, Iowa – no visible tattoos
  • Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii – draft policy being written
  • Houston Police Department, Texas – must cover arm tattoos
  • Huntsville Police Department, Alabama – no visible tattoos
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, California – no visible tattoos
  • San Diego Police Department, California – must cover arm tattoos
  • St. Louis Police Department, Missouri – no visible tattoos. Some officers sent home because their tattoos were showing!

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38 Responses to “Employers With No Visible Tattoo Policies”

    February 5, 2013 at 7:35 pm #


    • March 8, 2014 at 9:34 am #

      Thanks, we’ve added Cato Fashions to the list.

  2. Nick
    May 22, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    Not sure about this been to a few of these places and seen tattoos. So it’s always worth checking out in person.

    • March 8, 2014 at 9:23 am #

      Nick, Your totally right. The policies change from time to time and sometimes it even depends on the immediate store manager. So in some cases the tattoo policy will vary between stores or restaurants in the same company or chain.

  3. Rene Isaacs
    August 15, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    CHUCKY CHEESE. Just got denied even filling out an app because of my small forearm tattoo.

    • August 15, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

      Sorry to hear about the denial. Our blog sponsor, Tat2X does sell forearm cover up sleeves and there’s discount code in the video. Here’s a link: http://www.tat2x.com/covering-tattoos-s/1814.htm Not sure what Chucky’s policy is on wearing cover up sleeves.

  4. Tatmom
    September 11, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    I work at Little Caesars and we all have tattoos there!! Including the manager!! He’s sleeved out!

    • September 11, 2013 at 11:53 am #

      It’s nice to hear that Little Ceasars is cool with ink.

  5. Jay
    October 7, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

    Forever 21 and LEGO require them to be covered.

    • October 8, 2013 at 9:03 am #

      Lego doesn’t surprise me but Forever 21 does. Thanks for letting us know.

  6. TruthfulExperiences
    October 14, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    I have half sleeves on both forearms and landed a job at Chuck E. Cheese back in 2007. I worked in the back making pizzas and I was required to wear long sleeves at all times. In fact, every job I’ve ever had where tattoos were an issue, I always got because I interviewed with my tattoos covered (wore long sleeves, even in the summer), impressed the person interviewing me, got hired, then asked about their tattoo policy and dressed accordingly. Most places will not deny you a job if your personality supersedes your image. Especially if you are willing to follow dress code standards. I honestly prefer to keep my tats covered now (as I am an aging former punk and personally don’t care for that image any longer), and find it easy to coexist with a clean cut image.

    • October 14, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

      Very well put, we actually get quite a bit of feedback from retail sales staff that also state they prefer to keep their ink covered while at work. Some claim their commissions are better when their ink is covered. Many of them love their tattoos but feel they are a personal choice and don’t like being judged based on them.

  7. Greg
    October 25, 2013 at 5:16 am #

    You can have tattoos at Abercrombie & Hollister, I work there I have tattoos including neck.

    • October 25, 2013 at 6:59 am #

      Thanks for letting us know.

  8. mareza
    December 8, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    Maidenform allows visible tattoos as long as they are no larger then 3 inches

    • December 9, 2013 at 11:18 am #

      Thanks for letting us know about Maidenform!

      • Johnson
        March 31, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

        Petsmart just recently changed their policy and now allow tattoos to be shown.

        • April 2, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

          Thanks for the tip on Petsmart. We checked it out and updated the list above. It looks like they allow “appropriate” tattoos and piercings.

  9. Eric Smith
    December 26, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    Carl’s Jr. doesn’t allow visible tattoos.

    • December 28, 2013 at 10:31 am #

      Eric, thanks for the update.

  10. Thomas
    February 6, 2014 at 4:30 am #

    In n out burger has a no visible tattoo policy also.

    • February 6, 2014 at 8:55 am #

      Thomas, thanks we’ll add them to the list above.

  11. Lisa
    March 7, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

    The United States Postal Service does not have any tattoo policy

    • March 8, 2014 at 9:35 am #

      Thanks, we’ve updated the list above.

  12. tiffany
    March 12, 2014 at 7:21 am #

    Yankee Candle is a no piercing – no tattoo work environment. Worked there for four years and eventually left because I got a customer complaint about my owl tattoo on my forearm because she could see through the material of the long sleeve.

    • March 12, 2014 at 8:03 am #

      Tiffany, Thanks for letting us know. We’ve added them to the list. Can’t believe the customer complained that they could see your tattoo through the long sleeve.

  13. gabrielle
    July 4, 2014 at 11:49 am #

    I have an interview Monday at a Red Robin in Northern California. It is a new store opening? Do you know if their policy is still being strictly enforced?

    • July 21, 2014 at 9:24 am #

      Sorry for the delayed response. I hope your interview at Red Robin went well. Let us know if they still strictly enforce their tattoo policy.

  14. Tammy Moore-Franke
    August 24, 2014 at 8:24 am #

    I work for Cabela’s The Worlds Foremost Outfitter and they have a tattoo and piercing policy as well.
    Tattoos must be covered and cannot show so I purchased a set if forearm sleeves to wear and my GM approved them.
    Piercings are not allowed with the exception of 2 earrings per earlobe, all others must be removed.
    In today’s society many people have tattoos and piercings, however in order to have and maintain a job (which are hard to come by now) one must do what is necessary in order to provide for themselves and families. It’s a small price to pay but it’s only for a few hours a day.

    • August 24, 2014 at 11:12 am #

      Well said, thanks for the update about Cabela’s!

  15. September 15, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    The visible piercing issue is somewhat understandable for functional – reasons (no one likes metal or plastic accidentally falling in their food – thought I think that happens far less often than some would like to admit). The ban of non-offensive content tattoos however is not understandable, a rose is a rose right? So if someone draws an image of a flower on paper & it does not offend you, yet if it is permanently affixed to their flesh it does then you are strongly implying that the problem is them / their skin (& they as an individual – even if the tattoo was removed – would still be the same person).

    This form of prejudice basically boils down to **skin color** – making it just a hop skip & a jump from racism. “Oh but people can’t help / change the ethnic group they were born into” as your defense… Problem with that is that today – & for the past few decades – people **can** change their skin color with; laser light treatment, spray tans / skin& hair dyes – for those with albinism or piebald medical variations, medications like 8-methoxyposralen. People can also alter their hair texture with chemicals that are caustic or wear a wig / toupee (which most employers don’t ban (a wig falling off in my food is *at least* equally disturbing as a piercing).

    Some may say that they fear people with tattoos harbor illness – yet is on shaky ground too – as this is a state that requires BBP cert, so barring prison tats (that would show in a background check that an employer who claims to be so particular would perform) Yes this is coming from someone with tattoos & piercings (who will likely get more somewhere down the road as it suites me) that also donates blood (95185 Centura Health blood donor #), abstains form narcotic & dangerous legal highs, & shuns numerical promiscuity.

    Educational Link for the excessively naive…


    Amber Dawn Winkelmann

  16. Emma
    January 31, 2015 at 5:41 am #

    Barnes and Noble is a no offensive tattoo and piercings are allowed.

    • Trip
      February 23, 2015 at 12:31 am #

      Thanks for letting us know!

  17. John
    March 20, 2015 at 6:09 pm #

    Was just denied a job at Disney because my tattoo cannot be concealed by “costume” (short sleeved polo). So it’s not just Disney Store, any position other than Bugs Bunny.

    • Trip
      May 15, 2015 at 9:07 pm #


      That’s tough! I know Disney has some of the strictest rules. I’ve heard you can’t grow a thick beard either.

      • John
        May 15, 2015 at 9:56 pm #

        They require a clean shave or a minimum beard length. Which means you have to take vacation to grow your beard out

  18. Dani
    March 30, 2015 at 5:33 am #

    I’m being turned away from interviews left and right due to my hair, tattoos (the few that are visible are very small), and two innocent little lip piercings. It’s so frustrating. I know a lot of you say to do what you have to do to get a job, and that it’s only for a few hours, but when the issue is tattoos and/or hair color, it’s really not as simple as “taking them out” for a few hours. Unfortunately I’ve realized it will always be a challenge when it comes to work, but it is absolutely worth it to be able to be myself.

    • Trip
      May 15, 2015 at 9:06 pm #


      I love that you are not changing yourself in order to fit into a specific job or workplace. Sometimes it’s tough out there because people want you look a certain way etc. Keep looking and you’ll find an employer than will hire you based on your work ethic and talent rather judging your appearance. Good luck with the search!

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