A lot of actors or actresses will have tattoos and depending on the role they can be covered. Having seen a lot of musicals down the years, I've noticed that a lot of younger ensemble members often have tattoos and in modern roles these don't look out of place.
The issue could be if you have someone playing a younger role and they have tattoos which would go against the character. I remember seeing Grease a few years ago and the girl playing Sandy had a small tattoo on her shoulder which was clear when she did the transformation into rocker Sandy, no attempt was made to disguise it and people were commenting on it. You could say that a goody two shoes like Sandy would not have got a tattoo but with the transformation it could have been possible she wanted to get away from that image.
Jude Law has tattoos and that has not hindered his career as far as roles go plus they can be disguised on film if needed. Even Sir Ian McKellan has a tattoo on his arm from the LOTR days and this was visable when he played a Mafia Don in a play opposite Michael Pennington a couple of years ago but as the character first appeared in gym gear having done a boxing work out and the nature of the character it was no issue.
Also established stars getting tattoos will be much less of an issue as roles are given out on merit and they will get offers based on this. For a younger actor or actresses being clearly tattooed could limit roles if it was a close call and the body ink would need to be covered at cost.
Personally I'm not a fan of body ink but know lots of people who have it and will add to theirs so I think it is a personal choice.
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