Ask A Doula: Should I hide my tattoos?

Q Your post on Instagram about what to wear to an interview made me think to ask you this question I was wondering about. I have quite a few tattoos and I really love them. They are mostly on my back, thighs, and shoulders, but I have several on my left arm. Not a whole sleeve or anything, just three small ones that would be visible when wearing short sleeves. My mom and sister both say I should cover them while interviewing so that people won’t be put off by them. But I think wearing long sleeves in the summer would be way weirder than showing a few tattoos! They’re not controversial or offensive (a dove, a lotus and a date that is meaningful to me) so I don’t really know if it would be a problem or not. What do you think?

A I think you should be true to you and let your art show! I think that there is a small chance that a few people would be put off by tattoos, but I think it’s a VERY small chance, as tattoos are more and more common and accepted in our society. It’s important to remember that clients are drawn to authenticity, and being yourself, nothing hidden, will ring more true than hiding who you are. Additionally, I want to remind you that you don’t have to be the perfect doula for everyone, and if someone is upset by your body art, they are probably not the best match with you anyway. So feel free to just be authentically you and don’t worry about hiding your tattoos!

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