The Ink Link is an ongoing project at CN&CO that showcases tattoos in the workplace. One of the great things about a tattoo is it goes against the commonly-held viewpoint that “what you see is what you get”. There’s a misguided belief in certain quarters that in order to be a working professional, it is categorically impossible to have a tattoo…because how can someone with a tattoo be a professional? We are putting paid to that perception through the stories showcased in the Ink Link. If you or anyone you know would like to be featured, please get in contact with us.
The latest ink link blog is by CN&CO team member Rikus Kok, our admin and events nerd. Rikus was worried he wouldn’t know anyone with a tattoo! He tells us that actors and performers struggle with tattoos as they often need to be covered for certain roles. However, since CN&CO is involved with so many diverse and fabulous people every single day, he spotted a few superb tattoos at our client – Wang Thai in Nelson Mandela Square. The tattoos are on the excellent manager at Wang Thai – Faizel Majiet. Rikus asked him a few questions:
- Why do you have tattoos?
“I have always loved body art, especially piercings and tattoos. It was a way of expressing my personality and myself” (Maybe we will have to do a follow-up article on Faizel’s piercings …)
- What do your tattoos mean?
“My sleeve is a Japanese water dragon with lotus flowers which symbolises bravery, wisdom and strength. On my chest I have my own unique mantra ‘LOVE AND LIGHT, which means unconditional love and universal light. On my leg I have a tribal scorpion, which is my star sign.”
- How many tattoos do you have at the moment?
“I currently have about 9 tattoos.”
- Will you get more tattoos?
“If tattoos weren’t so expensive I would probably get a new tattoo every year! So yes, I would definitely get another tattoo or three!”
- How old were you when you got your first tattoo?
“I was 25.”
I want to thank Faizel for sharing his story with me. If you see him at Wang Thai in Nelson Mandela Square say hello and have a look at his tattoos – they are amazing! I love them so much that 2017 may be the year I get my first tattoo. I have had an idea and a place in mind for a while and believe one must get tattoos when you are a bit older. Now that I am 25 and sure of what I like, the time seems right