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Activity 3

Tattoos in the workplace

Group 1

David Ores, 2013.
David Ores, 2013.

Group 2

A tattooed policeman in UK, 2016.
A tattooed policeman in UK, 2016.

A tattooed chef, 2016.
A tattooed chef, 2016.

Soccer player Natasha Kai, 2009.
Soccer player Natasha Kai, 2009.


  • lab coat (exp.)
  • football jersey (exp.)
  • tattoo sleeve (covering part of the arm) (exp.)
  • high-vis vest /ˈhaɪ vɪz ˈvɛst/ (n.)
  • chef (n.)
  • doctor /ˈdɒktə/ (n.)
  • be proud of (v.)
  • care for (v.)
  • cook (v.)
  • help / assist (v.)
  • devote / invest time in (exp.)
  • pay for (v.)
  • regret (v.)
  • show / display ≠ conceal / hide (v.)
  • stand out / contrast (v.)
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You are in charge of one group of documents.

a. Where would you expect to see this person? What would you think if you saw him / her?

b. What do they tell us about the evolution of tattoos in the workplace?

Research Dr David Ores and his “Fresh Start” project online.
a. What is it? Where is it based? Who is it for? How does it work? How much does it cost?

b. Discuss whether you think his project is worthwhile.
Useful vocabulary: His tattoos make him seem…
He looks quite + adj…
With his white lab coat, he seems...

Let's talk this out!

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Share your findings with the other groups and learn about other aspects of this issue.

In which jobs are tattoos the most likely to provoke misjudgments?

Why do many employers not accept tattoos?

Do you feel ill-at-ease in front of a heavily tattooed person?

Phonology in progress

Tattoo is pronounced /ˌtəˈtuː/. (Not “tatou”. That’s the animal in French).
The noun (a tattoo) and the verb (to tattoo) are pronounced exactly the same.

Over to you!

Ink Hall of Fame

Let’s use what you have learnt in
Activity 3
and / or
Activity 4

You’ve been asked to contribute to the Ink Hall of Fame at Write an article about your favorite screen character and how his or her tattoos have influenced his or her life.

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