Wednesday, April 27, 2011

You know what really grinds my gears?

I went this morning for a followup interview at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)... The Tim Burton exhibit is coming in May. I saw it at MOMA in New York last summer and its killer. Thought it would be fun to work at the exhibit for a little extra bread over the summer while retail is slower....

So after waiting in the sun for half hour for the lady to show up to interview me she says, "Just so you know off top, you'll have to cover your tattoos up if you get the job." she's motioning to her wrists, showing me where she'd like my long sleeves to reach.... all summer.... in Los Angeles.... I show her my hands.... "Oh" she says. "You know, you WOULD be working IN the museum right? We allow some piercings, but.... well...." Uh Huh, Uh huh... I get it. Thanks for nothing.

Bravo to corporate America for restricting people who chose to WEAR art from working in a goddamn ART MUSEUM. At a Tim Burton exhibit no less! Very open minded. Not to mention I was embarrassingly over qualified for the job.... I was just stoked to look at Burton stuff all day long....

So I ask YOU, my faithful readers (both of you).... Would you rather get info from a creative individual who actually CARES about what he's selling.... god forbid he might be tattooed.... or from a disinterested college kid in a lacoste polo looking for a summer job? Somebody email Beth ( at Antenna International and let her know. You can't fault corporations for doing nothing but protecting their profits.... so you SHOULD let them know when their silly policies have dissuaded you from becoming their customer. Especially when the company claims to be an arbiter of "culture"..... Ha


  1. Dear Beth,

    This morning I read a blog post by a very talented writer/shop owner. The post was about you. He wrote about a job interview he had been to at you office, and how he was turned down because of his tattoos. I understand how a corporation might have a policy about appearances, but the fact is, that tattoos are no longer just for sailors and criminals. Pew Research Center estimates that 36 percent of those ages 18 to 25, and 40 percent of those ages 26 to 40 are tattooed.

    The exhibition is for Tim Burton's work. A man who's gothic inspiration is visible in all of his work. This would be an excellent chance for you to hire someone, who would fit into Burton's universe. Someone who actually knows what he is talking about.

    So I really hope, that you will reconsider. Let someone covered in art be part of the museum.

    Kind Regards,