My sister is a tattoo artist and a very talented one at that, and I'm considering getting my first tattoo from her. I'm no stranger to body mods; both my ears are stretched to 5/8" and I have surface bars in my wrists, but no tattoos as of yet. The design we have come up with is something I really dig (a take on the Om Mani Padme Hum mantra), and I'm almost positive I want it on my forearm. However, the prospect of future jobs is making me reconsider the location of the tattoo. I haven't had any problems with my earplugs and employee dress code, and I can remove my surface bars whenever I want. Tattoos are a bit more permanent, though. So, to those of you with tattoos on your forearms or other highly visible places: how has this affected your professional life and/or finding a job? Would you strongly recommend against it, or does it really matter? My post-grad work will likely be a shirt-and-tie business (I'm an English major with a focus on writing), so that may be a good thing Any input is appreciated!