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TATTOOS & POP CULTURE: THEMED HORROR.

Horror movies have long been America’s favorite obsession. Maybe it’s our fascination with the unknown, or the frailty and ignorance of youth that makes it all worth while. As for me, I know that horror movies helped get me closer to the ladies, but that was millenniums ago. Now the only thing they seem to like, which is equally scary, is a scary movie and the bill your paying for wining and dining them. And let’s not talk about the horror of waking up next to them without makeup.

But all joking aside, horror movies are so immensely popular that we’ve seen them come back to life time and time again. From dolls to tattoos, posters to apparel, the horror industry has dominated them all.  They’ve garnished billions and when it comes films, it’s a big thing. Take the Saw Trilogy for instance. The movie cost a mere $15.2 million to make, but in the long run it grossed over $415 million and the numbers are still climbing.

 

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Bu here’s another interesting fact, Friday the 13th, Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street have some of the largest fan bases and the most sequels of any horror movies and they’re beat out only by the James Bond franchise and certain porn series’ – ha….go figure.

So as I sit here writing this, I’m polishing off my 5th cup of Jameson and I’m starting to ramble on but this all came about after seeing this dope ass tattoo by Robert. The horror themed masterpiece had me in awe about a few things. For starters, the work is brilliant and the detail so real it takes me back to childhood. On the other hand, I can appreciate the characters for the audience they’ve built but I’m also bewildered as to how I was ever scared of them?

 

Fast forward to present day, these same characters like Doctor Frankenstein and The Monster of the Black Lagoon are now pop icons of art and age. Yet regardless of what we like and what we love, horror flicks and the creepy places they take us are magical. Who knows, maybe it’s the power of the villain, the audacity and lack of fear they have for their victims, or maybe it’s the vulnerability of how they make us feel. Needless to say, they’re here to stay and what’s even better is that these characters seem to have no shelf life.

 

TALENT & INK: THE CORRELATION

“You have to be really careful; you are going to lose a good sector if you have a no-tattoo policy.” Those were the words quoted from, Brian Elzweig, associate professor of business law atat A&M-Corpus Christi and co-author of a paper published last week on the topic. “But the difference now is that employers have to weigh that against what percentage of the applicant pool they would be immediately giving up.”

The article is basically saying that the employers could be losing good talent if they’re biased against hiring those with tattoos or body piercings. Although, a duo of professors at Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi recently researched corporate trends in the workplace and what they found is that there is still a “stigma.”

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Never judge a book by its cover. Such an old adage, yet rarely practiced by some.

 

A Harris Poll from 2008 showed the following:

– People between 25 and 49 years of age were getting tattooed at a much higher rate than previous generations.

– Close to a third of folks from 25 through 29 years of age, and a fourth ages 30 to 39 had ink, compared to a small nine percent of those 65 and older. 

When it comes to ink, “The general rule is you’re allowed to discriminate,” says Elzweig. Aside from losing potential talent in the work force, companies should also consider that something much more costly can happen: lawsuits. In recent years, tattoo-related cases which went to court required companies to submit evidence that their business went through actual hardship because of tatted employees. For example, the report said, “some courts are now requiring data to support blanket claims that customers would not like to be served by employees with tattoos or piercings.”

The report was used in reference to a case which was submitted back in 2005 by a former Red Robin employee. The manager had asked him to cover up his tattoos, and when the employee challenged them in court, he said it would be “a sin”, since the tattoo was part of an ancient Egyptian religion.  Needless to say the court ruled in his favor and the case settled at $150,000. You can view the full case here.

The researchers’ report suggests, though, that passing on applicants or going through costly lawsuits may not be worth it.