Two tattooed teachers in a classroom, smiling for the camera.

We do see tattooed professionals more often these days. There are tattooed engineers, bankers, scientists, librarians, and more. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma against educators who express themselves through skin art.



Most teachers, especially those handling students from pre-school to high-school have to hide their tattoos. Some of them are required to wear some kind of covering like long sleeves or scarves when they are in a visible part of the body. Some teachers who give in to their long-time dream of getting a tattoo are forced to do it in parts of their body that would not be seen by anyone else.



Parents’ Perspective

Like most arguments involving tattoos, you won’t get a general answer and there would always be two sides. There still are some parents who are conservative or at the very least unsure about having their kids taught by someone with tattoos. These are the parents who still have a negative notion of body art, believing it to be reserved for people who are or were in gangs or have been to jail once.



There is a growing number of parents who really have no qualms about tattooed teachers. (Most of them are tattooed parents or those who are open to the idea of getting one themselves.) These parents believe that a teacher’s capabilities cannot possibly be affected their choice of artistic expression. They agree that as long as these teachers do their job well and teach their children good values as well, there is no problem at all.



There are those who are a bit caught in the middle. They say it actually depends on what kind of tattoo a teacher has. As long as it’s nothing vulgar or sacrilegious, then it’s probably okay.



Students’ Side

Not surprisingly, studies show that tattooed teachers are perceived by most students to be more creative and imaginative when it comes to their assignments. These teachers are viewed as more positive. Influential, and more likely to understand where their students are coming from.


University students in particular, tend to prefer classes from a tattooed instructor who appears more real than more conservative ones. Younger students feel more at ease with inked educators, too.


Perhaps it all boils down to how you, as a teacher with a tattoo, feels about yourself and your body art. Are you confident about your skin art? Or do you feel the need to hide it? Is it possible that how people view you has more to do with how you present yourself and has nothing to do with whether you have a tattoo or not? If you feel like you have to hide your tattoo, then maybe you perceive your tattoo negatively. But if you can confidently show it, then it shows that you view your skin art in a positive light, too.