We all know that the superyacht industry can be a superficial one – I mean what other industry besides a modelling agency requires your photo on your cv right? – but what does this mean for potential crew with existing tattoos? The superyacht industry is a competitive one, especially for new crew as the sheer volume of yachties looking for work is high, so…
Will having a tattoo make it impossible for you to find work?
The short answer is that you can find work onboard a yacht with tattoos, but it will depend on the size and number of tattoos that are visible in your uniform. The industry has certainly become more relaxed surrounding tattoos, as the number of crew we have met with them has romantically increased in the past number of years, but ultimately the final call will come down to the personal preference of the yacht owner and/or captain.
Many recruitment agencies will enquire ask you to declare if you have any tattoos when applying for a position online. If you have large tattoos that cover a significant portion of your body and that would be visible either on your forearms, calves, neck or face you may be required to submit a photo of the tattoo for the employer to decide whether or not this will be acceptable. Working on yachts is essentially a glorified hospitality position and you will be customer facing majority of the day, so it goes without saying that if you tattoos are offensive, or covering a significant portion of your face it is highly unlikely you will be successfully employed.
However, if you have a small tattoo on your foot, wrist or thigh that can be easily covered with make up, plaster or in uniform we suggest you be upfront and honest about it with your crew agents as there is little chance of that hindering your employment status. What is more important is that you show your potential employer that you are keen, willing to work hard and most importantly are a team player. Check out our blog on the skills that could benefit you on yachts and how to work on a superyacht, with no experience to read up on some additional skills that will help you find that ever elusive first job on a yacht.
Impress your captain with a can-do attitude and we are confident there will be no issue for you to Get Onboard.