A UK man has lamented that he cannot get a job due to a large neck tattoo of a heart and blue angel wings.
Joe Parsons, 21, got the $400 tattoo in memory of his grandfather, Thomas, who died in a care home last year, according to the Daily Mail.
Parsons got the tattoo while he worked in a factory, but he said that after 30 job interviews, he hasn’t been able to land one. He attempted to use a high-necked shirt, but the tips of the wings were still visible.
“Before I got the tattoo people thought I was a happy, confident person. Now it feels like people think I’m full of my self and that I don’t give a damn,” he said.
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“That’s just not who I am. I’m just a normal person and all I want is a decent job,” he added. “’There’s definitely a stigma attached which there shouldn’t be. I do think it’s a form of discrimination.”
“I don’t want to get it removed,” he added. “It means so much to me.”
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“I still don’t regret it at all though. I’m proud of it because it means so much. What I regret is how other people are perceiving it.”
Later, he went on “This Morning” and complained about his predicament.
“The main response is, ‘You’re just not right,’ but you can pick up on signs,” he said on the program. “As soon as I walk in a room, I’m pre-judged. You can see them staring at it. One interviewer has said, ‘It is quite an eyeful!'”
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A few months ago, a New Zealand man was in a similar predicament, as he has the word “DEVAST8” tattooed across the lower portion of his face. After lamenting his situation on Facebook, media picked up on it and job offers started flooding in.
Mark Cropp eventually got employed at a construction company in New Zealand. “I’m excited and so grateful for it. I have been feeling quite emotional about the fact people have offered me so much help,” he was quoted as saying in August. “I have been really pleased by everything, it has all moved so much faster than how I thought it would have. It is quite overwhelming really.”