What I said was: "This isn't to say that everyone with tattoos is a crackhead. But in my experience, it seems as if those with the most tattoos also happen to have criminal records and a history of substance abuse."
I work in Vegas (Sin City), there IS a direct correlation between the number of tattoos my co-workers have and a history of crime and/or substance abuse. You can't call me ignorant until you've worked in this town around these types of people. I have and I'm going by what I see.
You don't see many accountants, teachers, or police officers with tats all over their body. Why should the skilled trades be any different? Perhaps the reason why techs are so poorly paid compared to some other professions is because we're viewed as uneducated rednecks. The customer's perception of tradesmen needs to change in order for us to be taken seriously. This is the very reason why kids are pressured to go to college rather than trade school.