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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:02 PM

A dad is denied going to his daughter's career day (cuz he's a tattoo artist)

A dad is denied going to his daughter's career day

Walter Smith is like any other father wanting to go to his daughter's class and teach her classmates about his profession. But he was denied because he is a tattoo artist.

Smith has attended school functions in the past but this year the principal of his daughters school sent him an e-mail stating he could not attend this year's event.

The principals reasoning is that some parent believe he is promoting an alternative lifestyle to young children.

Smith states that when talking to children about tattoos, he emphasizes the importance of waiting until they are of legal age and compares the work to a surgical procedure. He explains safety and infection risks and points out teenagers who have gotten infections from homemade tattoos and piercings. Smith also states that his shop uses sterile equipment and always passes health inspections.

The principle states the decision was made in the spirit of political correctness. (typo by journalist ... lol)

Smith is currently fighting the decision and hopes to be able to attend the school event next week.

http://www.krdo.com/news/A-dad-is-denied-going-to-his-daughter-s-career-day/-/417220/17260192/-/os2q9sz/-/index.html

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Reply A dad is denied going to his daughter's career day (cuz he's a tattoo artist) (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Nov 2012 OP
BlueMan Votes Nov 2012 #1
barbiegeek Nov 2012 #2
OriginalGeek Nov 2012 #3
zbdent Nov 2012 #21
FSogol Nov 2012 #4
GodlessBiker Nov 2012 #5
FSogol Nov 2012 #7
LadyHawkAZ Nov 2012 #18
BlueMan Votes Nov 2012 #6
FSogol Nov 2012 #8
BlueMan Votes Nov 2012 #16
bluesbassman Nov 2012 #9
FSogol Nov 2012 #10
bluesbassman Nov 2012 #12
FSogol Nov 2012 #15
Logical Nov 2012 #11
FSogol Nov 2012 #13
Codeine Nov 2012 #14
Canuckistanian Nov 2012 #19
madaboutharry Nov 2012 #17
jenw2 Nov 2012 #20
RebelOne Nov 2012 #22

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:06 PM

1. screw that principal's principles

 

it's a legal profession- and the father wants to be involved with his daughter's education...how many parents blew off career day completely?

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:09 PM

2. Good point-he showed up. I hate tats too! But if He cares enough to come, let him

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:09 PM

3. Exactly.


Involved parenting is better than non-involved in any book.

and "alternate" lifestyle? WTF? it's alternate to NOT have a tattoo nowadays. Screw those uptight assholes.



And I'm saying this as a man who has never had a tattoo. Yet.

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:08 PM

21. Not only is it legal, but don't you, in most states, have to be LICENSED BY THE STATE

to operate???

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:13 PM

4. Not a legal product for minors. How would everyone feel if

he was a tobacco salesman, pornographer, or distiller? These are all legal professions. Would any of them be welcome at a career day event at a elementary school?

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Response to FSogol (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:16 PM

5. A pornographer? You are comparing the art of the tattoo with pornography?

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Response to GodlessBiker (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:19 PM

7. Not at all. I listed 3 professions that would probably not be allowed at

a career day at an elementary school. Are those 3 ok too? Or should the principal not allow them?

The porn one is easy. Not allowed.
The other two are tough. Would they be allowed? I'm guessing no.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:28 PM

18. You can't get in the military until you're 18 either

but AFAIK recruiters are still welcome in schools, and soldiers are still welcomed to speak.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:19 PM

6. the pornographer would probably be a problem in some states, as it's not legal everywhere.

 

other than that- i'd have no problem with a tobacco salesman or a distiller. it's not like they'd be passing out cigs and shots. both could probably make interesting presentations to the kids

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:22 PM

8. I'm thinking that parents would wig out about a distiller and tobacconist anyway.

My own opinion is that the principal did the right thing. However, the tattoo artist's disclaimers about how he would talk to kids should be enough to change the principal's mind. I'd have no problem with him speaking at my kids' school.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:33 PM

16. the small-minded ones might.

 

but the knee-jerks shouldn't be kow-towed to at every turn.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:26 PM

9. How about a plastic surgeon? Do you think the principal should bar them too? n/t

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Response to bluesbassman (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:29 PM

10. Where did I say the principal should bar anyone?

And why would a plastic surgeon be barred? There are plenty of non-cosmetic types of plastic surgery.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #10)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:31 PM

12. Sorry, I see from your later responses that you're not in favor of the ban.

I took your first post in the wrong light. My apologies.

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Response to bluesbassman (Reply #12)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:32 PM

15. No problem. n/t

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Response to FSogol (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:30 PM

11. What about a Pot salesman in a state with medical pot? Allow that?

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Response to Logical (Reply #11)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:31 PM

13. Good one. What about a liposuctionist? n/t

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Response to FSogol (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:32 PM

14. Kids can't buy cars,

but nobody would bitch if dad was a Volkswagen salesman.

Kids can't join the Army, but what if Mommy was helicopter repair specialist just back from Afghanistan? Nobody would raise a peep.

Kids can't do all sorts of stuff their parents do, but that's a shitty reason to keep them out of a career day event.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #4)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:48 PM

19. So, just because kids can't purchase his services, that makes it off limits?

I think it would promote a healthy discussion.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:25 PM

17. There are probably several kids at that school who have parents with tattoos.

The principal would be surprised to find out that a lot of people have tattoos who live very conventional lives.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:01 PM

20. My son's school banned an employee of a gun store from speaking

 

That was a good ban, but this one is just ridiculous.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 09:14 PM

22. As much as I hate tattoos, I would not have

denied this father's right to speak about his profession at his daughter's career day.

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