Tattoo Artist is Banned from School Event

by on Nov.07, 2012, under Art, Tattoos-Body Art

by Tattoosue on November 7, 2012

It saddens me to read a story like this. Where a school caves into the wishes of a few close minded parents.  Walter Smith, who lives in Clearwater, Florida, has been denied the right to speak with his daughter’s class on career day.  The reason – he’s a tattoo artist.

He had already attended a couple of these events in the past. But this year he got an email from the principal saying he couldn’t attend – he was banned from the event!  (What bullshit!)  The reason he gave was “it was politically correct”. Some parents thought that he promoted an alternative lifestyle – based solely on his profession.

Smith defends his past record. He said he always emphasizes safety and talks about the importance of sterile equipment and health issues. He also harps on the legal age requirements.

He’s working in a legitimate profession and I don’t see how the school has a leg to stand on to defend such an outrageous scenario.  And get this – the principle admitted he has tattoos and piercings.  So, why didn’t he stand up to the parents and defend the father’s right to attend?

If the parents don’t like it – they can keep their kids home.

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Sparky November 12, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Wow, it blows my mind that shit like this could happen. If He was a drug dealer, instead of a tattooer, then he would probably be welcome at carreer day. You would think that in this day and age, a tattooer would be considered just as honorable as a barber or any other profession.

Tattoosue November 13, 2012 at 7:05 am

That’s exactly how I feel – by now people should realize you shouldn’t stereotype

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