Absolutely. Being pierced and tattooed myself, it might even make me more comfortable. And who cares what the tattoo is of? Everyone makes stupid mistakes sometimes, and if this is for real, you don't know if she regrets it or not.
This is my trainer who has this tattoo. I have no problem with it, but it has turned into a big deal. She hates her farmer's tan, but refuses to wear tank tops because the people at the barn will freak out, she thinks. The tattoo is on her shoulder, where a tank top would show it. She thinks that new customers wouldn't be interested in lessoning because they would be offended by it. That parents wouldn't want their kids lessoning with her because of it.
I'll be the first to step forward and say that people often form a first impression before they have knowledge of a person's talent/redeeming qualities against which to balance that impression.
When a newbie mom is prospecting for a trainer for her child, she often knows very little about trainers' reputations. She knows what she sees, and, when two trainers rate equally in terms of show ring performance, other elements of the picture may move in to tip the scales.
I am not naive enough to think that a visible cannibis tattoo wouldn't cause said mom to question a trainer's maturity, ability to role model, etc. That's just not the world we live in-- people can and do make judgements, fair or unfair, justified or not.
As a working adult (one with a formerly pierced eyebrow in college), I personally think that preconceived notions of a person's character or quality based on clothing or body art are a short route to discounting many wonderful, talented individuals-- both as friends and in business. That being said, this kind of thing happens, and will continue to happen until we breed conservatism and judgementalism completely out of our industry and world (a long road).
Whether your trainer chooses to accomodate this reality by covering up, or elects to challenge those around her to be better people, is entirely up to her.
Greytown, New Zealand (a blip on the landscape really :))
The guy that I learned to (trail) ride from had a 1/2 face tattoo. Probably more acceptable in NZ because of our Maori people (and this guy was about 70 and was 1/4 Maori and had "won" the right to have the 1/2 face warrior tattoo - by storming some ridge in the WWII with the Maori Battalion). I would not have an issue with a trainer having a tattoo - unless it was in real poor taste (think Nazi swastika) or poorly/crudely done... come to think about it, my present trainer has an eagle on her shoulder
i think that covering up a pot leaf tattoo is probably a good idea, especially if there's a chance that new clients will be coming around. that being said, i would care less about whether or not my trainer has tattoos. tattoos have no bearing on a person's knowledge or ability.
Of course a tatoo doesn't affect someone's performance. However, having one of a pot leaf on your shoulder will definately affect how a lot of people view you. As in, "Why would you have it tatooed on your arm unless you think it's use is ok?" That may well turn some possible clients off.