Airline allows employees to have visible tattoos:

Air New Zealand have updated their policy to allow tattoos that can be seen whilst in uniform. The airline was criticised for refusing to employ people with visible tattoos whilst simultaneously appropriating Maori culture in its marketing campaigns through the use of tribal language and symbols. Maori people may have neck or chin tattoos as a part of their culture. One in five adults in New Zealand has a minimum of one tattoo.

Any tattoo considered lewd, hateful or violent would be classed as offensive. If it is unclear whether a tattoo does or does not cause offence, the airline will conduct a Tattoo Review Panel in which it will be determined whether or not the tattoo in question is acceptable under policy stipulations.

Prison teacher meets promise to get tattooed by students:

To motivate inmates to pass their high-school equivalency exams, prison teacher Grote promised to get a tattoo of their choice on his arms. When nearly all the students passed, Grote submitted to a slew of tattoos over his arms ranging from depictions of prison towers to lines from a William Blake poem. The strength of tattoo culture in the prison system is such that the teacher describes it as a gesture of gratitude between himself and the students. Grote was released two months ago from Canaan federal facility after serving his time for robbery. He reports that some of the students built the contraband tattoo machines and others designed the artwork.

Free tattoos for cancer survivors:

In cosmetic tattoo news, an artist on the Isle of Wight will offer her services free of charge to people who have undergone a mastectomy. Breast cancer surgery can leave survivors without any colour to their areolas and Gemma Bowers of Gemsink wants to help restore confidence and dignity by offering free areola tattoos. The cosmetic tattoo artist has already had success micro blading eyebrows for people who have lost them through cancer and alopecia. The rise in customers’ self-esteem was so noticeable that Gemma has learnt to use a tattoo machine and encourages people that have breast scars to visit her for a consultation.

RAF to allow neck tattoos:

Previously the Royal Air Force did not allow any tattoos to be shown by servicemen and women. Keen to attract applicants from a wider pool of potential candidates, the RAF are relaxing the rules around body decoration. There are still restrictions and neck tattoos should be only on the back and sides of the neck, not being visible from the front when in uniform. Cosmetic eyebrow tattoos are now also allowed. This relaxation of rules brings the RAF policy closer to the Army and Navy. The Navy only prohibits tattoos that would be visible on a passport photo, meaning hand tattoos are acceptable under their policy.