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White collar, spiked collar — Times are tough. Whenever there’s a Bush in office, you know the economy’s gonna suck a big fat one. And jobs aren’t easy to come by — especially if you have a 2-foot purple Mohawk and you’ve got enough metal to set airport security into a tizzy.

Thus, the tattooed and pierced will be thankful for the Modified Mind, a Web site that details hiring policies regarding tattoos and piercings, for both small businesses and major corporations. At, you can scroll through an alphabetical listing of companies that notes each business’ tolerance for mods; while Blockbuster has a “one piercing per lobe” policy, the site says that may vary from store to store. Clare’s Accessories has a limit of two facial piercings, and, big surprise, it’s no-holds-barred at Hot Topic.

These workplace guidelines for bod mods have stirred up a whole bunch of hoopla in courtrooms, when tattooed or pierced employees who get fired claim discrimination and sue — Starbucks and Costco were two big recent cases. Read up on the legal rights of the modded by visiting and searching for “body piercings.”

And really, those bod mod enthusiasts may look scary, but underneath all the ink and metal, they’re nice people. Learn all about this rich and complex subculture at, the most comprehensive online resource for tattooing, piercing and any form of body modification. But be forewarned: The section on extreme mods is not for the weak of heart.

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