Tattoos and your career

  • Blake J Askew

    Actor

    Hi guys,

    I have been considering getting a small tattoo on my right shoulder for a while now, and close friends have asked me how it would affect my career etc.

    This is a very important question. My agent is not in the least stressed about it but from you guys, who like me, have to actually face the CDs and directors, can you give me any thoughts?

    thanks

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  • Andrew Wright

    Actor

    Personally I would not bother Blake ,but its up to the individual.

    I have nothing against them but I know actors who I have worked with on stage and they have spent many times in make-up trying to cover them for a show .

    • 14th Nov 2008
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  • Claire Dodin

    Actor

    People who always get cast in the gangster roles are probably free to have tattoos.

    But you... I think it could play against you even though tattoos can be covered by make up.

    Unless you are desperate to have it, it would probably be wise not to.

    But at the end of the day, it's a very personal decision, knowing that one day you may lose a job because of it.

    There are many decisions that we make that could cost us a job, a change of haircut, location etc... getting a small tattoos doesn't exactly carry a high risk.

    • 14th Nov 2008
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  • Kimberley James

    Actor

    Tricky

    I guess the question you really have to ask yourself is " am I passionate enough about having this tattoo that I wouldn't feel negative if in the future it could potentially lose me work ?"

    Its all very well feeling rubbish when we lose a part " we were perfect for!!" but to know that a missed part could be down to a choice of our own rather than just not having the right skills could have a much bigger negative impact on moods and outlook.

    x

    • 14th Nov 2008
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  • Catherine Millsom

    Actor

    I debated the same thing with myself for ages!

    I think it really depends on how big it is and where it is. If it's something and somewhere you can easily cover up, (or won't take a huge amount of make-up if you're doing it that way), then I say do it.

    I finally gave in a few months ago, and I love mine- and as it's not permanently on display, if I don't want people to know it's there I don't show them.

    x

    • 14th Nov 2008
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    Go ahead mate and have the tattoo, it's not as if you are going for a serious bout of body art. A little tattoo on your shoulder ( where I have mine) is easily covered and not a problem.

    • 14th Nov 2008
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  • Rebecca Probyn

    Actor

    I really don't think this will affect your casting especially as if you say it is small which means it can be covered up.

    If you said you were going to get a Sleeve I think this would be a valid concern.

    What were you thinking of getting?

    :)

    • 14th Nov 2008
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  • Blake J Askew

    Actor

    Thanks guys,

    each and everyone of you made valid points. It would be a small one on my right deltoid... above the sleeve where no one can see it unless I wear a crew cut t shirt.

    I also agree that unless you get a major piece of body art then its pretty obvious but proba a small one wont matter that much.

    • 14th Nov 2008
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    I have a small one, somewhere only someone I loved would get to see it....even then only from a certain angle...

    I find the nose stud harder to get past casting people than the tattoo. So I guess I wont be appearing in any period dramas....Although it comes out and leaves no visable mark.

    Andie x

    • 14th Nov 2008
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  • Nathan Head

    Actor

    go for it Blake. its on your shoulder, unless you pose topless- no-one will see it but you!

    re: the nose stud, its amazing how many parts I've not got because of my earring! you know people, it does come out! lol

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  • Lynsey Rebecca Garvey

    Actor

    I have 2 tatts, one on my foot and 1 on my shoulder. And its has never stopped me getting jobs.

    It they want you to play a part, a small thing like a tattoo wouldn't put them off, there are some really good make up's to cover up if needed.

    • 14th Nov 2008
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    Hasn't stopped Helen Mirren being cast!

    • 15th Nov 2008
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  • Blake J Askew

    Actor

    Amanda,

    does she have a tatoo????

    • 15th Nov 2008
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    She has a little tat on her hand between her thumb and forefinger.

    • 15th Nov 2008
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  • Blake J Askew

    Actor

    Look, I am a tattoo "Virgin" and have been looking for a good place- where is the best value for money and the cheapest?

    • 16th Nov 2008
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  • Leigh Livingstone

    Actor

    Hi Blake,

    I have two words - Angelina Jolie, she is one of the most heavily tattooed actors out there, and she gets work that doesn't incorporate the tatts.

    I would have said the opposite to Natalie, I think the filler needle hurts more!

    The best place I know of is "New Wave" in Muswell Hill, amazing workmanship and has been recommended to me by alot of people, they are pretty exclusive and get booked out for months in advance but I think they were totally worth it, I love my tatt!

    • 18th Nov 2008
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    Another two words

    Charlie sheen. not only has or had a number of Tattoos but had various links with certain madams of Holly Wood and still no effect on his career. I think the least of your worries is a small amount of body art. Just make sure it's something you want and don't get it done in Prague ( another story).

    • 18th Nov 2008
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  • Blake J Askew

    Actor

    Sorry dude,

    you have to now tell the rest of the story- what happened in Prague.. go on- tell the truth and shame the devil. hahahahahahaha

    • 18th Nov 2008
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    Needless to say it involved too much drink, too many women, a bloody cold February and me thinking I was competent enough to draw on the back of a napkin what I wanted on my shoulder. Anymore than that and I wont have anything left to but in my book Ha Ha.

    • 18th Nov 2008
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    hi

    i'm not dame helen, or angelina jolie but i have a bright tattoo on my left wrist very noticable......until i cover it with a watch.

    i have found a few directors who've had a problem with it but by that point i'm already cast so its too late and once i show them its easy to cover they calm down very quickly.

    unless its a role where they could be tattood i would go into a casting covering it up, dont GIVE them a reason to chose someone else over you.

    but thats my opinion.

    godd luck

    p.s (without sounding mumsy too much) remember a tattoo is for life ive had mine 6 yrs and still love it but am reminded how grateful i am i do love it, i'd be screwed otherwise!

    • 21st Nov 2008
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