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Name: Period: Date: Annotate the text by writing comments and asking questions. Complete the graphic organizer as well . This is due Monday, May 6 th . Keeping Their Art to Themselves By JOANNE KAUFMAN Published: April 17, 2013 Iman Thomas would be the first to say that she is just not a cardigan kind of person. Nonetheless, her dresser drawers bulge with those demure long-sleeved sweaters, in colors ranging from rainbow to black. Even in the most torrid weather they’re part of her workday wardrobe in the employee benefits office at a Florham Park, N. J., insurance brokerage. This is how Ms. Thomas hides her tattoos: the inked images of the Virgin Mary and a dead girl crying bloody tears that fight for space on her right arm; the spider web that encircles her right elbow; the butterfly at rest on the inside of her right wrist; the rose in bloom on the inside of her left wrist. “There are parts of my body I wish I could get tattooed, but because I work in a corporate setting I have to keep them on a wish list,” she said. “This is a pretty buttoned-up company.” Ms. Thomas, 30, wore a cardigan to her job interview — preemptively and perhaps prudently — seven years ago, and remains grateful that the human resources manager never panned down to her right ankle, which bears a tattooed sword with a banner reading “Daddy” (when she meets with clients, on go Ms. Thomas’s black tights). “Nothing has ever been said, but you just kind of know what would be tolerated,” she said.
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