I have tattoos on my arms which have no negative/political/ideological symbols. When I wear long sleeves (shirt, sweater, suit), they are completely invisible.

If I wanted to pursue a political career in the future (especially in a Muslim predominated country), would they cause me any trouble Or is it acceptable since anyone other than those close to me will have no possibility of knowing that I have tattoos unless I mention them or show them?

  • Matters of personal opinion - some persons will find this awesome, for some it'll be bothering but no real deal breaker, some will hate it, etc... Since Turkey is leading towards being a single party dictatorship it'll depend on the politics within that party.
    – Bregalad
    Mar 10, 2016 at 10:12
  • As a general rule of thub I'd say Tatoos wouldn't be acceptable in right wing or conservative parties, but that they would be acceptable in left wing or progressive parties. There could be exceptions, though.
    – Bregalad
    Mar 10, 2016 at 10:14
  • @Bregalad Yes, I agree. It is basically like workplace. My current workplace does not care about any forms of body modifications, however the other companies who care about such, would request to wear covering clothing. What I am asking is, even if they are not visible (inside clothes) would they be a bother to right wing parties? Mar 10, 2016 at 10:17
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    @MertKarakaya- I was thinking more along the lines of an opinion poll. "Would you vote for a person if they had a tattoo?" It might be that such a question has been asked alongside other criteria such as religion or ethnicity. In democracies, as we've seen with Trump, being "frowned upon" by the establishment matters diddly-squat compared to what the people think. Mar 10, 2016 at 13:56
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    The Jewish deuteronomic law explicitly forbids tattoos. I have no idea whether the mulism recycled that prohibition or not.
    – Bregalad
    Mar 11, 2016 at 8:05

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It depends on country. Some countries with Muslim majority have secular governments (e.g Turkey). In some of these countries restrictions are about Hijab (!) not tattoo. In these countries maybe there is no official ban for you, but it can have impact on the reputation (Varies based on country).
In Some countries (e.g. Saudi Arabia), "election" is on paper. Being a politician or having high-rank post does not depend on tattoo; To be or not to be, a Prince, that is the question.
In Some countries (e.g. Iran) this considered as rude for a politician. You wouldn't have chance to be in election. Even if you have chance, people probably do not elect you.
But you said " When I wear long sleeves they are completely invisible". There is not inquisition.


Both the Prime Minister of Canada (Liberal) and the Senator (Conservative) that he did a charity boxing match with a few years back have tattoos. But then again.... that's Canada. It may have some impact with some people, but less and less I think. Certainly less than if you had a bunch of odd piercings in obvious places.....

I can't, however, guess as to how that plays in a predominantly Muslim country. Sorry - the general viewpoint on body art seems to be very different by region.

  • This question has the Turkey tag, so answers about Canada don't seem to be on topic Mar 11, 2016 at 17:45
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    Given the OP clearly showed in his comment that he was researching globally (he provides figures on relevance in US politics and indicates difficulty in finding details on other countries but IS looking), it seemed applicable. Mar 11, 2016 at 18:13

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