Job hunter says he's being rejected by employers due to his neck tattoo tribute to his grandad

Joe Parsons, 21, claims employers will not hire him because of his neck tattoo, which he says honours his grandad

A job hunter claims he has being unfairly discriminated against after he was rejected by dozens of employers – over his enormous neck tattoo.

Joe Parsons, 21, got the £250 six-inch throbbing red heart with turquoise angel wings in memory of his late grandfather while he worked in a factory.

But he claims that, while he has no problem getting around 30 interviews, he has never managed to get a job thanks to his huge inking.

Joe Parsons on the set of “This Morning” on November 10th, 2017

Fed-up Joe, from Collyhurst, North Manchester, insists he doesn’t regret getting the extreme body art – but wishes potential bosses could see past it.

“Before I got the tattoo people thought I was a happy, confident person. Now it feels like people think I’m full of my self and that I don’t give a damn,” said Joe.

“That’s just not who I am. I’m just a normal person and all I want is a decent job.

“There’s definitely a stigma attached which there shouldn’t be. I do think it’s a form of discrimination.

“I don’t want to get it removed. It means so much to me.”

Most popular on Yahoo News UK

Couple devastated after vet accidentally gives their puppy lethal injection instead of medicine
Mysterious heat source beneath Antarctica could be melting ice, NASA believes
Woman ‘caught trying to buy £1,400 worth of electronic goods for £3 at self-service checkout’
Vicious thug who left pensioner, 88, black and blue after robbing her in her bed is jailed
Fitness addict, 56, crushed to death by his own gym equipment in freak accident

Joe went under the needle in November 2016 while working at the McVities factory in Stockport.

It was in memory of his granddad Thomas Parsons, 63, who died in a care home in August last year.

Joe Parsons with Rebecca Jane on the set of “This Morning” on November 10th, 2017

Joe was forced to leave his job in January after his mum was attacked in the street and he quit to take care of her.

She developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – a mental illness triggered by a terrifying event – and needed full-time support from her son.

“She’s not been the same since then,” he said.

“I had to look after her pretty much full time which was why I left my job after Christmas.

“I needed to be at home for her.”

Joe started looking for a job in January but has been rejected 30 times for jobs at Topshop, Next and even TK Maxx where he was previously employed – before his tattoo.

His lack of luck comes despite four years of experience in retail, hospitality and call centres.

Joe has been supporting him mum financially said the situation has become desperate in the run up to Christmas.

By using Yahoo you agree that Yahoo and partners may use Cookies for personalisation and other purposes