Yes, that rumor is on the grapevine and yes, some people have been refused visas (not citizenship, to my knowledge).
Talk to an attorney about yours.
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You are probably referring to an article that ran in the WSJ recently about Tatoos affecting citizenship. Tattoos can prejudice an applicant if the tattoos are associated with certain gangs. If you have "non-gang related" tattoos, you will be fine.
The article can be accessed here:
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I have had some cases/clients in consular processing who have encountered problems with ANY tattoos automatically being associated with a "reason to believe" the applicant may be involved in gang activity. (Yes, I know this is unreasonable, but it nonetheless is happening.) Of course, suspicion of gang membership is a problem with immigration applications. Thus, I encourage clients with tattoos to have them evaluated by local law enforcement authorities if possible and to obtain a letter saying the tattoos are not known to be affiliated with any local/regional gangs.
Ms. Doerrie's answer to your question is general in nature, as not all facts and circumstances relating to the specific person(s) and situations involved are known to her. Ms. Doerrie recommends consulting with an immigration attorney regarding your specific facts and circumstances prior to making any legal decision or submitting any form or application. This response does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney/client relationship.