When you are at your office or place of work make sure you cover your tattoos properly.
You might consider your latest ink a masterpiece that should be in the Louvre but when you are at work, it's all about business and not tattoos.
In the 90s you would have been hard-pressed to see a Nigerian with a tattoo. It hadn't been needled into the fabric of the country's modern culture.
The only tattoos we saw were the ones on our grandparents, the green ink strange tattoos. The fancy and modern tattoos were exclusively seen on VHS American flicks.
By the turn of the millennium, the tattoo culture in Nigeria had started to pick up. Nigerian artistes, actresses inked their bodies and during Christmas members of the, 'I Just Got Back Crew' would come back home with new tattoos.
The conservative core in Nigeria might frown on tattoos but this hasn't stopped people from getting their bodies inked. The popularity of tattoos in Nigeria coincided with the rise of ink culture in Hip-Hop (take a look at Lil Wayne).
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We civilians don't have the luxury of getting inked out like Wizkid and Davido. We have normal lives and an 8-5. A lot of companies frown at tattoos. You can't show up looking like Wiz Khalifa at work.
Before getting a tattoo, you might have to consider these guidelines so as not to show up at work looking like a metal rock star.
First of all do not get a tattoo in a place you cannot cover with clothes. This means no tattoos on your fingers, neck and face. No one wants to see your tattoos at work. If you have a sleeve tattoo then you have to show up at work with a long sleeve shirt always.
Also, take it easy on the tattoos. A couple here and there are cool but when you go crazy and having several, your colleagues might feel uncomfortable.
Thirdly, your career is very important. If you want to progress in your line of work it might not be smart for you to post photos of your many hidden tattoos on your social media accounts.
Employers are finicky. Nowadays, companies go through the social media accounts of prospective employees before offering them a job. If your Instagram account looks like the art gallery of a tattoo artist, you might not have your dream job at all.
Tattoos are cool but just like an expensive watch, there is a time and place to flaunt them. Before you get that tattoo think of the future and your job.