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Sep
22

Lanzhou adopts no-visible-ink policy for taxi drivers, prompting debate over tattoos in the workplace – SupChina

According to the commission, the directive was made in the interest of passengers because as workers in a customer-facing industry, taxi drivers showing extensive body art might make passengers, particularly women and children, feel uncomfortable.

Following the official explanation, Chinese internet users took to social media with mixed opinions some saying that the no-tattoo rule was workplace discrimination, while others expressed their full support. Speaking for myself, as a woman, I have no problem with taxi drivers having tattoos as long as they dont depict things like nudity or bad language, one Weibo user wrote(in Chinese), while another penned, Its time to overcome the negative stigma associated with visible markings. Some people argued that there is a time and a place for tattoos, and that the policy was reasonable because some passengers may be put off by body art. The rule isnt necessarily out of step with social attitudes about tattoos. When you work in the service industry, you cant risk scaring people off, a Weibo user wrote(in Chinese).

Once uncommon, tattoos have become much more a part of mainstream culture in China over the past decade, especially among the younger generation and people working in certain areas, such as sports and entertainment. But in the meantime, many people still hold negative views on the subject, associating body art with criminality and rebels on societys fringes.

This critical attitude toward tattoos is widely shared among Chinese government officials, who have rolled out a few policies over the years prohibiting public figures from showing their tattoos on television, citing reasons pertaining to ideological and cultural education. For example, in 2018, when a string of tattooed hip-hop artists rose to prominence, Chinese censors orderedall TV shows to stop inviting entertainers with visible ink on their bodies. The ruling later spread to the field of football, where players were toldby Chinese sports officials to wear long sleeves to cover their tattoos.

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