A New Zealand man was recently released from a two-year prison sentence. He was arrested and charged for pulling out a knife during a drug deal gone bad.
While in prison the man, 19-year-old Mark Cropp, was constantly harrassed and bullied by the other inmates. This led his cellmate, also his brother, to encourage him to get a tattoo to help show that he meant business and wasn’t to be trifled with.
The problem arose when Cropp got out of prison and began looking for a job. The problem being that the tattoo was the word “DEVAST8” written in extremely large letters across the front of his face.
Cropp does not believe that people are judging him fairly on the tattoo.
One employment place said to me: ‘I wouldn’t employ you with that on you face, I wouldn’t even take a second look at you’.
I’ve had other people that just shrugged and laughed at me.
I was over people judging for my facial tattoo… that’s why I made the decision to put that photo on Facebook, to turn around and say ‘I am just a normal human being, you do not have to judge me because of the way I look’.
Is this guy serious. Being upset about not getting hired over a small tattoo is one thing. But this man has “DEVAST8” tattooed in huge letters across his face along his jaw long. What did he expect? He can’t deal with clients with that tattoo.
In addition, he turned down two offers by the prison system to remove the tattoo. Maybe this isn’t the type of guy we want in the work force anyway.