No Visible Tattoo Policy

Employers With No Visible Tattoo Policies

In Tattoo Policies, Workplace by Trip39 Comments

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.

Many of these employers actually endorse our Ink Armor sleeves.  Tat2X also offers group discounts to employers who qualify. We are proud to help thousands of professionals protect their ink from the sun and their boss. We can help you get the job you deserve!

If you know of a tattoo policy at a company we don’t have listed, let us know by leaving a comment below. Thanks!

Business:

  • 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

Military:

Police Departments:

  • Chicago Police Department, Illinois – no visible tattoos
  • 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!

School Districts:

Let us know if we need to add anyone to our list of employers with no visible tattoo policies!

Comments

  1. CHANDRA MARSKI

    ADD CATO FASHIONS AS WELL. I WAS A MANAGER THERE FOR 2 YEARS WHEN THEY CHANGED THE “DRESS” POLICY TO EXCLUDE VISIBLE TATTOOS.

  2. Nick

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

    1. Trip

      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

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

      1. Cristy

        Just curious about hand tattoos, hoping for the Direct TV installer but he has hand tattoos. He also has sleeves but they can be covered. Just worried about hands. Does anyone know?

  4. Tatmom

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

  5. TruthfulExperiences

    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.

    1. Trip

      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.

  6. Greg

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

      1. Johnson

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

        1. Trip

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

  7. tiffany

    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.

    1. Trip

      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.

  8. gabrielle

    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?

    1. Trip

      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.

  9. Tammy Moore-Franke

    Hi,
    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.

  10. Amber Dawn Winkelmann

    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…

    http://tonysdesk.wordpress.com/2009/04/10/tattoo-prejudices/

    Amber Dawn Winkelmann
    719-505-5186

  11. John

    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.

    1. Author
      Trip

      John,

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

      1. John

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

  12. Dani

    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.

    1. Author
      Trip

      Dani,

      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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