Tattoo policy in the teachers’ eyes

Mr. Biddix showing his favorite tattoo, A King of hearts among other tattoos he also has.

By Alexis Arroyo ’21

There is a point where rules eventually change. For example,  now, appropriate tattoos are allowed to be shown by that of the new Noble dress code policy.

The policy officially took effect on January 21 after the first semester.. This day brought change for teachers who have creativity, art, and/or passion in their body to show.

At Pritzker, not only did the students have to abide by the rules, but the Pritzker staff do as well. Teachers are the ones that are mainly affected because of this policy as students are less likely to have tattoos due to parents and/or age. Teachers are the ones who have gotten tattoos over the years.

Tattoos come along with many things. They can “show some character show” said by Bryan Williams, 10th grade World History teacher and a teacher who has added a tattoo to his body over Christmas break.

The tattoo that Williams chose was motivated by his favorite musical artist, Jack White. His tattoo consists of three white stripes, which are located on his right bicep.

As Williams said, “I love tattoos.” He feels like tattoos create a distraction at first. Williams connects a tattoo to an earring saying, “It is just like an earring right, you see it first and you ask about it […] but after you ask that question, (the tattoo or earring) it is kind of just there.”
The problem was that some teachers had to hide their tattoos every day because they are located where people can see them. For example, Chris Biddix, 10th grade Geometry teacher, has a sleeve full of tattoos from a whale to a ship connected by many other tattoos.

Biddix had to wear a long sleeve shirt in order to cover it up. Some days, Biddix would wear a fake sleeve to cover up the tattoos he had.

Now that the policy has changed, Biddix and many other staff and teachers are now able to show the tattoos freely.

But the policy has not done much change. Teachers still choose to hide their tattoos sometimes not because they have to but because they want too.

As Williams said, “ It is just like an earring right, you see it first and you ask about it {…} but after you ask that question, (about the tattoo or earing) it is kind of just there.”

Tattoos also show a creative side. Williams got his tattoo motivated by Jack Black, a spartan head on the left shoulder while the other tattoo he has is “a saying Michigan state adopted.”

The real reason behind tattoos, in Williams’ perspective, is to show who you are and shows “creativity.”

Not only do Biddix and Williams possess tattoos about what they like. Amanda Meyers, American literature teacher has a Cross on her right ankle signifying Christianity.  Due to the new policy, teachers and students are now allowed to display who they are.