Hello everybody, I am new to this and have been reading through this forum for most of the day and decided I would like to post something of my own and see the kind of responses I receive. Basically I am 21 years old and currently in my final year of a maths degree. In September I will be starting a PGCE course in secondary mathematics. I have already had plenty of experience, I had paid work as a maths mentor in a university on a foundation degree, a paid placement in a high achieving school and volunteer at an almost special measures school at the moment. This is without mentioning the primary experience and others I have also had. I have 5 tattoos, none are particularly large and all mean something to me. I am soon to get number 6 and have been researching peoples opinions on tattoos on teachers. Some have argued for, some have argued against and some have been downright rude. An example of this is somewhere along the lines of "tattoos make people look a bit thick". It is now 2012 and I would believe that the majority of the western culture above the legal age has at least one tattoo, they may regret it, they may love it that is down to personal opinion. I do not understand why there are such negative connotations toward those with tattoos. I would like to know why parents feel tattoos set a bad example for their children (only talking about secondary school here as I can see it in a primary school as children are more easily influenced, but still) yes okay we as teachers do not wish to set bad examples, but unless the tattoo is offensive I do not see the issue. Some parents have likened tattoos to smoking and as such are a no tattoo and no smoking household, my household was always a no smoking household but I did smoke at one point during my schooling, if children want to do something they will do it no matter what they have been bought up to believe. I guess my question is, what are your opinions and why?