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post #61 of 72
Comparing cooks with tattoos to a infamous murderer is going to far. I love my tattoos and so does the chef where I work. He believes it shows how dedicated I am to my trade and if I have "issues" because I am a passionate, creative individual then I hope in a few years the industry will be run by people with "issues" similar to mine. Perhaps it is time to realize that we no longer live in a time where tattoos are frowned upon. Just deal with the fact that people are always going to have tattoos and piercings and perhaps one day you'll join us.:D
post #62 of 72
I can't make the connectiuon to how getting yourself inked shows how dedicated you are to your profession.

When I'm dead, then I'm dead and if you want to tattoo me then, or stick a golf club in my hand, or make me sit through Babwa Streisand's "Yentl", I won't compain........
...."This whole reality thing is really not what I expected it would be"......
...."This whole reality thing is really not what I expected it would be"......
post #63 of 72
Ok, maybe I was a littel to glib about tattooing me when I'm dead. But I was serious about not seeing the connection about dedication to the trade and tattoos.

So you describe yourself as a passionate, creative individual.
Great, fantastic.

I happen to think that I'm one too.
I've been in this game for almost 28 years, cooked in 3 different continents, been running my own business for almost 14 years now, and since the age of 16 have never worked in any other field. If I weren't passionate, I'd be designing computer programs or selling futures on gas and power by now, If I weren't creative, my competitors would blow me in the dust.

Like I said, I don't see the connection between tattoos and our trade.
...."This whole reality thing is really not what I expected it would be"......
...."This whole reality thing is really not what I expected it would be"......
post #64 of 72
I say what my employees look like when they work for me. If I don't want Tattoos on my front line, carving station, Omelet bar or whatever then let them go work someplace else. I worked a lot of years expressing myself in my business as a good chef and business man. I don't need someone telling me how they have to express themselves with ink on their bodies. The only ink they should worry about is the ink on their pay checks..........................
post #65 of 72
Hmmm maybe because its on you for the rest of your life? When I am out of my whites people ask me about my tattoos and I am proud to tell them the meanings behind them and what I do for a living. I respect people who put the time and effort into creating a design that means something to them. It's fine if you don't like tattoos but their are people out there who see it as something more as just "body graffiti" or "smeared ink" (I know crazy thought huh:suprise:) I encourage you to take the time and ask someone what their tattoo means to them or even stop by your local tattoo shop (I know there are some good ones in Vancouver) and meet the people who produce the art.
post #66 of 72
Done that, there's a tattoo parlor two doors from my restaurant as well as one across the street in the next block. The owners, operators, and many of their clients are really neat people.

I've discussed the situation with the owners, operators, and several clients. Without exception, they all agree that visible tattoos or piercings will limit employment opportunities in the hospitality industry.

Why? Very simply, the hospitality industry relies on making customers feel comfortable so they will pay for the services offered and, in the U.S.A., tattoos and/or piercings have a tendency to make many potential customers feel uncomfortable enough to either avoid patronizing the establishment in the first place or avoid returning in the second place, at least that is ttrue in the area of MY restaurant.

I cannot afford to hire employees, regardless of their abilities or skills, whose "appearance" will adversely affect my potential customer pool. Whether it is tattoos, piercings, inappropriate clothing, personal hygiene, make-up, jewelry, mother tongue, or whatever else that is not a "protected class" under State and Federal law, it is MY choice to determine the best way to serve what I deem to be MY customer base.
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post #67 of 72
Why do I need to ask anyone what their tattoos mean to them? I don't care. Neither does anyone else. Reminds me of a woman who when asked in a newspaper interview why the pipes on her Harley were so loud responded "Well, it's a Harley. People need to know it's a Harley." I'm thinking, what a dope. Anyone who cares already knows it's a Harley, and the rest of us just...don't....care. Of all the things I have to think about, why anyone has a tattoo and what it means to them is at the bottom of the list. Incidentally, I have agood friend who is one of the best tattoo artists in our area.
post #68 of 72
Exactly what I tell my group of up-and-coming members of the hospitality industry. And their response? "But I like it..." or "I want it [piercing]" and they have yet to know the sting of somebody rejecting their application because they don't appear professional. Not to say that a tattoo or piercin(s) are unprofessional, but like Pete said, if it doesn't work for guests, it just doesn't work.

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post #69 of 72
Hey Roux, I have no problem with you expressing yourself. I just don't want my business that took me years to build into a source of income for me and my family Jeopardized. If I hire a Chef with INK all over his arms and neck then thats part of his uniform, and appearance. I know in most houses if you hire a server you would require her to have black pants, black shoes, white shirt, and hair pulled back, no excessive make up or perfume. The reason we ask this of our wait staff is because we want to put our best foot forward and give a good first impression. This is the INK I want to show my custoners. I don't want my employees expressing and advertising what they are about. I hire them to express and advertise what I'm about.......
post #70 of 72
Although I am not currently inked, I have been contemplating it.
For about 30 years I've been contemplating it.
I have nothing against tat's, but to work for me they have to be in good taste and not overdone.
Society is slowly changing it's perception of body modifications, but we're not to the point yet where they are universally accepted.
Not even close.
It will eventually happen, but you cannot force society to change it's views.
You will find small hubs where this is a non-issue, but that doesn't mean that every other establishment needs to change.
It's not the businesses that are behind the times, it's the public.
If my clientele doesn't like tats, guess what?
No tats.
You work for me, all of your facial piercings come out while you're on shift, no unnaturally colored hair, small tat's in good taste are fine (no profanity or nudity).
Don't like it?
Work somewhere else.
No one is begging you to stay.
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post #71 of 72

tats

No matter what. It is still needed to be remembered and respected of professionalism. To be professional is to respect the establishment and the food. Freak after work not during.
post #72 of 72
Nice try, Ed. :D
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