Tanning on the Job

job interview Until recently, if you wanted to get a tan at work without leaving the building, you'd sit outside on the patio, roof or balcony at lunch and turn your face skyward on a sunny day, hoping to catch a ray or two. Now you don't even have to leave your cubicle. There are actually companies that will schlep a portable tanning booth to your office and turn you golden in about 15 minutes -- if you have the courage to appear in front of your co-workers in a swimsuit.

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Companies like Beach Bum Tanning, La Viva Glam and Gotham Glow of Manhattan have been the busy executive's clean little secret for some time now. They bring a collapsible tent the size of a phone booth to avoid bronzing surrounding walls, desks or office equipment, and a spray gun similar to a large airbrush. The whole system can be set up in a conference room, cubicle, storage room, lobby or bathroom -- just about anywhere there happens to be about five feet of clearance.

The cost is mostly from $100 to $125, but discounts can be arranged for regularly scheduled visits and multiple tanners in each office. Special features like (spray-on) six-pack abs are extra. Frantic execs with little time pay premium fees to have a mobile tanner meet them in hotels, restaurant and even airport bathrooms at any hour of the day or night. The tan dries almost immediately so you can put on your clothes and go right back to work; some clients say their tans can last up to 10 days.

Dante Fitzpatrick of Beach Bum told the New York Post that his mobile tanning began on fashion shoots, when he was called in the touch up the models on set. From there, editors started calling him in to their offices for their own purposes, and it began catching on with other executives.

Now, while it's not uncommon for a public relations company to call in the tanners so all their reps can be glowing at a major event, it's also popular with pasty white male executives who don't want to look like they spend all their time at their desks, even if they do.

Mobile in-home tanning has been popular for years, but tanning in the office is a relatively new phenomena. Now if they could just figure out a way to do it in a car or a cab on your way to work, they'd have just about every one covered.


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Give me the cash I'll sun on my own time

April 21 2011 at 12:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bond

i of course do not agree with awpoferd. at least not all the way. God made us all the color we are. i don't think one is superior over the other, just different. sounds a lil bit racist to me what with the "mutt" and "dumb you skin down" what ever that means. check yourself human being.

April 21 2011 at 11:50 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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awpoferd

YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY COLORED JUDGING BY THE SPOOK PICTURE BESIDE YOUR SCREEN NAME.

April 21 2011 at 11:57 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
awpoferd

That is about as dumb as a beautiful blonde dying her hair black, frizzing it up and weaving it into dreadlocks, or someone with blue or green natural eyes buying brown contact lenses. Or an educated person singing rap and speaking ebonics. IT MAKES NO SENCE !

April 21 2011 at 11:50 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
awpoferd

Why would anyone with beautiful white skin want to look like you are a mutt or dumb you skin down by making it look sun damaged and brown. THATS JUST PLAIN GROSS ! White skin is next to Goldliness and purity.

April 21 2011 at 11:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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frankieboy26

White skin is next to Godliness and purity? Here's a song for you...

Jesus loves all little children,
All little children of the world.
Only if they're shining white
Are they precious in his sight,
Jesus loves all little children of the world.

Go away, you racist.

April 21 2011 at 12:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jadl124

Fascinating. There is a reason we've been keeping the world in stiches for a long time.

April 21 2011 at 11:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
N68Firebird

ATTENTION WHITE PEOPLE!!! You are no longer allowed to look white! You must bake in the sun or have chemicals sprayed on your body to turn you some other shade!!!

What a load of BS.

April 21 2011 at 11:20 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
gmhtv1

ABSURD EGOTISM

April 21 2011 at 11:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MYSELF

IF IT ISN'T NATURAL DON'T DO IT!! SO RIDICULOUS FAKE FINGERNAILS, FAKE HAIR COLORS, FAKE SKIN COLOR .......LOVE WHAT GOD GAVE YOU AT BIRTH!!!! HE DOESN'T MAKE MISTAKES~!

April 21 2011 at 10:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom

My boss loves this idea! He told me I could set up the spray tent on the sidewalk in front of our office building and sit out there all day getting a tan. As a matter of fact, he said I could make it my permanent office, I just need to clock out when I move out there! Oh boy!

April 21 2011 at 9:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kv37

I would have been happy just to get some decent health insurance. The heck with the stupid tan.

April 21 2011 at 9:00 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

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