Wait a minute! The "biggest jackass" statement?? I've seen a lot worse on my very short time on this board. But, I'll humor you.....Appearance is not everything, but it can go along way to gaining respect and at least looking the part. I know plenty of do-nothings who look great in the uniform, but I wouldn't trust them to back me up if they were the last trooper in the state! I'd rather have a guy with tats whose a good cop than a guy who just looks like a good cop, but sucks.
It is just my personal opinion that you shouldn't have exotic and extensive tattoos on the visible part of your arms. It also depends on what type of tats you have, i.e. spider webs, pot leaves, naked women, etc. vs. mother/wife/kids name, hearts, shamrocks(of course), religious or ethnic tattoos, etc. It gives the wrong first impression to both fellow police and the public. If you want a lot of tattos, illustrate the other parts of your body hidden by the uniform.
Lastly, I was also trying to give that fellow or originally posted the question an unequivical(sp?) answer.
What's next? Nose rings or lip plugs while in uniform?
just one jackass' opinion...