The work force has become ink-friendly, reports a new study on tattoos and hiring managers. According to the research, no employment, wage or earnings discrimination was found against job seekers with visible tats.

Doctorate-level economics and sociology professors behind the study spoke with 2,064 Americans across all 50 states, interviewing them about their tattoos, earning, wages, employment, lifestyle and more. Individuals from big cities and rural areas participated in the study, and there was “surprisingly” no discernible difference in how tattoos were perceived. [via Bustle]

Young people are more inked than ever, but it’s been common practice to bust out the long-sleeved shirt for a job interview. Better safe than sorry, right? Well, the study shows that in some cases, tattoos can help your chances of landing that dream job.

“In our sample, and considering a variety of alternative estimation techniques, not only are the wages and annual earnings of tattooed employees in the United States statistically indistinguishable from the wages and annual earnings of employees without tattoos, but tattooed individuals are also just as likely, and in some instances even more likely, to gain employment,” the study reads. “These results suggest that, contrary to popular opinion as well as research findings with hiring managers and customers, having a tattoo does not appear to be associated with disadvantage or discrimination in the labor market.”

We’re not sure how many participants had face tattoos, but you get the picture. So flaunt that artwork, unless it looks like this.

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