Less ink or possibly no job; that's the dilemma officers will face Tuesday when the Honolulu Police Department's tougher policy on tattoos goes into effect.
It's not an easy transition for a workplace filled with ink. Nor is it turning out to be easy for other industries taking a harder stance on what employees put on their skin.
It took minutes to find one example after another of what more employers are now saying is not OK.
"All these cops running around are getting tattooed. They love it," said Chris Danley, owner of Ironside Tattoo in Chinatown.
We talked to some officers who say they're dreading the long-sleeve shirts and pants in order to cover up, especially as summer arrives.
Danley says soldiers and law enforcement make up a big chunk of his business.
'You can't have a whole police department and the people in this industry tattooed and then they say, 'We don't like this,'" said Danley.
One airline employee says her employer's been cracking down. Her new chest tattoo is possibly a violation.
"[The airlines], the private sector, some private companies -- they don't want to see any tattoos," said Dr. "Woody" Chung of InkedOff MD.
Tattoo removal expert Dr. Chung says he's seen an uptick in officer clients, along with teachers, restaurant workers, firefighters and potential employees.
The head of the State of Hawaii Police Officers Union says they're taking a wait and see approach. He says they're accepting the policy for now, but are prepared to take action if they feel officers' rights are violated.
In April, the U.S. Army's beefed-up policy went into effect. Similar to HPD's, it says nothing above the neck or on the hands and that everything else should be covered up.
But, service members inked before April will be allowed to keep those tattoos. It's an exception not given to officers as they prepare to cover up.
Officers are allowed to use makeup to cover their tattoos. Some say they're waiting to see if turtlenecks will be approved because they still have tattoos on their necks.
SHOPO's Tenari Maafala says it'd be premature to file any grievances, but the union would consider it if the policy unfairly affects wages, hours or working conditions.