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Fixers: Challenging 'body art discrimination'

A teenager from Merthyr Tydfil who was told to remove a lip ring for a work placement scheme has told ITV News he thinks it's time to challenge the "negative perception" of body art.

Cameron Bash, 17, believes discrimination against tattoos and piercings still exists - particularly among employers - despite body art becoming more mainstream.

I was with an agency that helps people into work and around that time I got a lip ring.

I went for an interview and was told if I wanted this job then I had to take it out.

It made me feel bad and really down about myself.

– Cameron Bash

Through Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - Cameron has helped to produce a film featuring two girls, who are similar, aside from the fact that one has tattoos and a piercing.

Cameron says although he knows tattoos and piercings divide public opinion, the film aims to show they have no effect on an individual’s personality, demeanour, or ability to work.

David Beckham is just one celebrity with tattoos - others include Angelina Jolie and Robbie Williams Credit: Lionel Hahn/ABACA/Press Association Images

I would say to any young person going for a job with tattoos and piercings that any environment they go into may be different.

A corporate employer may see it as an act of rebellion but in other places it wouldn’t matter.

Sometimes expressing yourself is actually encouraged.

– Kiera Tsenti, Employment Consultant

What are your views on tattoos and piercings? Would they put you off employing someone? Do you feel discrimination against body art still exists, or are attitudes softening? Join our debate on Facebook.

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