Ever found yourself assuming Bad Monday was made up of guys? You assumed wrong! Here come the girls… the 8th of March was International Women’s Day and whilst we wanted to spotlight one of our favourite tattoo artists and create an awesome tee to raise money for charity, we also thought we should shine a light on the epic women behind the scenes who make Bad Monday. We asked each of our female co-workers a few questions about themselves, their experiences and about their love of tattoos.
What is one thing you are proud of?
- Charlotte C, Customer Service Advisor
I am proud of my kids and the life that has been created for my family. I have always loved working and been keen to get back to work after having my kids and I am proud that I have found a balance within family life that works for us and that we have two happy children in a loving busy family.
I think your children are a reflection of you which is why they make me so proud because I feel as parents we have got it right. I always wanted that strong family unit and as cliché as it sounds I feel like I have exactly that.
What has driven you in your career?
- Kirsty B, Content Creator
I have always been an independent person; therefore, I have been driven to fully support myself financially whilst building a career that I really enjoy. I have been able to do this through my career in photography and graphic design, which allows me to be expressive and creative. I am excited for what the future will bring, especially in role at Bad Monday.
"I have always been an independent person; therefore, I have been driven to fully support myself financially whilst building a career that I really enjoy."
Have you ever faced any challenges being a woman in your industry?
- Alice A, Director
Yes - from a young age I joined the construction industry which is vastly male dominated. On numerous occasions customers would wait to speak to my two other colleagues (who were male) instead of letting me help them. This continued for quite a while until they realised that I too knew how to help them! It was a gradual process and after being in the job for around 6 months things had definitely improved.
Have you ever faced any challenges being a working mum?
- Deb V, Director
I have found that being a ‘working mum’ has been extremely challenging at times. I have always felt that I have had to choose between having a career or a family. Being a mum in the workplace seemed to provoke questions on my ability to take on a responsible job, questions like “What will you do if your children are ill?”, “What provisions do you have if the children are off school?!" Can you imagine this question being put to a man? Personally this has always made me more determined to prove that I can do anything given the right tools. Thankfully improvements are slowly being made and lots of companies recognise that women are an asset to their industry and with the right support will be loyal and give more than 100% to any given job. Here at Bad Monday we recognise the qualities that women can bring to our family and embrace them.
"Being a mum in the workplace seemed to provoke questions on my ability to take on a responsible job."
What does tattoo mean to you?
- Charlotte D, Content and Campaign Manager
I’ve always been interested in tattoos since a young age, so for me they have just become a part of my identity. I love the way the industry has developed over the years and is constantly evolving and becoming more popular, the stigma of being heavily tattooed is also slowly lifting. Being quite a heavily tattooed female does tend to make people feel entitled to touch you or comment on your tattoos (particularly men) which I guess can come with the territory of being tattooed but can be frustrating when you wouldn’t do that to someone with no tattoos!
What is something that someone wouldn’t expect from you?
- Jasmyn P, Digital Marketing Manager
I love that people never expect me to have won gold at the English championships of Tae Kwon Do. I find it really funny to allow people to form their opinion of me and then drop that in - just to make sure that they know they can’t mess with me.
Noticed our purple tees? As well as raising awareness for International Women's Day, we thought we would get one of our fave artists to design a limited edition International Women's Day tee that we could sell to raise awareness for breast cancer. For each tee sold we donated £10 to the Breast Cancer Now charity. We had such a great response to the tees and we raised a total of £2,060 for the charity. So remember, always check your boobs!