Hi Roya, thank you for distinguishing between the police and people. What you said is pretty much in line with our description above for Iran – we`ve found that government officials have spoken out against tattooing, so it`s a sensitive issue, and you should be careful when exposing it – especially religious tattoos. The reasons for the ban on certain tattoos in each country are listed above under each sub-heading. If you would like more information about a specific country, let us know and we will be happy to provide you with resources 🙂 There are many misconceptions about tattoo laws in the UAE, with most people believing that tattoos are completely banned. This is not really the case. Technically, there is a law under the General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowment that requires tattoos to be done only by the doctor because it is considered a form of self-harm, but it is apparently not difficult to find tattoo artists in the country. Pro tip: If you`re really worried about your tattoos in the country you`re visiting, consider finding a vacation rental instead of a hotel where you have more privacy. Check Plumguide.com to find one. Although Dan is no longer as active in the tattoo community, he still attends many tattoo conventions across the country and is here to inform, educate and advise readers on all things tattooing. I have been living in Japan for about 3 years and I really feel the negative mood around tattoos from time to time, even as a foreigner. On my first visit, I learned Japanese at a language school and decided to look for a part-time job to balance my income somewhat. My first interview was for a cleaning company (nothing glamorous, of course, but given my limited Japanese at the time, I was always happy) and I was hired immediately. Mind you, I presented myself completely covered, so nothing of my ink could be seen.
However, I didn`t pay attention to the uniform I would wear to work, so on the first day I seemed relatively unprepared for the fact that my work uniform would have short sleeves. Only one of my tattoos (a small one on my wrist) was visible and I did my best to hide it, but of course they found out anyway. Still, they didn`t tell me anything for the first 2 days, so I thought it was okay anyway. Until day 3, when my manager walked into the dining room during my break, apologized profusely and gave me an excuse not to suddenly hire strangers. When they found out I was a foreigner a few days before my interview, I knew that wasn`t really the case and that my tattoo had finally given me the boot – a Japanese friend agreed. In a way, because I really liked the people I worked with there, but at the same time, I knew the taboo before I arrived in Japan, so it didn`t necessarily surprise me. As a general rule, I always try to cover myself when I`m in Japan. While most of the people I`ve met there seem to be perfectly comfortable with tattoos or even curious about them, I feel like it`s easier to cover them up and “behave normally.” As a foreigner, you stand out as a sore thumb anyway. I love the country, but I would really like them to end this taboo. If nothing else, it`s for the fact that Japanese tattoo art is so famous all over the world that I think they should be really proud of it. It`s such a shame they`re not.
Thank you found this article interesting Lauren 🙂 Yes, Japan also surprised me with its tattoo taboo! No one can be tattooed within an inch of their eye socket.  Dan, a master of fine art and a participating member of the tattoo community for over 10 years, is the writer-in-residence at AuthorityTattoo. According to O.C.G.A. §16-5-71, it is illegal to tattoo anyone under the age of 18 unless you are a certified osteopath or technician acting under the direct supervision of a licensed physician or osteopath. I think Malaysia could market resorts and beaches without tattoos. It`s really that here in Moscow, so many prostitutes have these hideous spots on their bodies. Thanks for the suggestion! Thais can be very conservative when it comes to Buddha images, and Sak Yant tattoos are supposed to be respected, but I`ve never heard of anything worse than someone expressing a negative opinion. I guess you`d have to have a grotesquely offensive religious tattoo to get into trouble in this country. I don`t see that mood becoming widespread, do I? “Ink on faces should be immediately excluded from access to services,” said a third. The more we venture into each game, the more we learn! In Thailand, it is hostile to have tattoos or wear shirts with Buddha`s head. It is really composed in many places that Buddha`s head is misbehaving on certain prints or embellishments.