Student - Master in Library sciences
I’m also working for a small public library next to Lyon France, mostly in the Youth Section.
My ink is from Kerouac’s On the Road. The entire sentence is this
"They danced down the streets like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I’ve been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”
I read On the Road when I was 15, and this book has been following me since then.
Lots of people around have been laughing at me - even gently - because I am somekind of weirdo for them: you know … reading books all the time, but drunk on saurdays, smoking and besides writing, and having a love for making strange noises, singing absurd songs or telling crazy stories or making puns with books’ titles.
I think that the “burn, burn, burn” was the strongest part of the text, but also something very discrete (at least in France) - it could come from anything else: a song, a motto… whatever.
It’s under my armpit, quite hidden!
It’s not just because this sentence gives me confidence, it’s also because I’m sure that all of us have something a little crazy thing inside (even if it’s quite well hidden sometimes) - and librarians are experts on the subject! After all, we are all mad here!
Research & Instructional Services Librarian and Journalism Liaison
University of North Texas Libraries
The anchor and dolphin symbol is the printer’s mark from Italian Renaissance printer, Aldus Manutius. It is also the symbol for the International Library & Information Studies Honor Society, Beta Phi Mu, of which I am a member. The Greek words, each beginning with the letters of the honor society, read “Librarian Guardian Knowledge,” representing, “Librarians are the guardians of knowledge.” The Latin phrase is their motto, “Consumed in the service of others.”
A closer look at the tattoo: pic.twitter.com/mSrEncKeEL
Student: Master’s Degree Studies in Archives and Records Management (Folkloristics is my major so the emphasis is on historical and cultural archives)
Along with studying I’m currently working as a district court secretary. Besides this, I have the chance to work as a substitute (when needed) for the archivist of Finland Proper District Court. So lots of papers with crime and civil procedures.
1. I have a ” Hannunvaakuna” (in finnish) or Saint John’s Arms or Saint Hannes Cross on my right wrist. Traditionally it is meant to protect from evil and the four points of the design also represent the four directions. Amongst other historical uses, it was carved into all sorts of things in pre-Christian Finland to ward off evil spirits and bad luck.For me it is not a religious symbol. I find the design beautiful and this tattoo represents my endless interest in old things, different cultures and all that.
2. My second tattoo is an old padlock on my left shoulder blade. I have always loved (especially old) locks and keys. For me this tattoo has also a deeper meaning to it. It represents my introvert side and some darker, hard times that I’ve had in my life.
I work at one of the branches for Multnomah County Library in Portland (Oregon). My tattoo on my collar bone says “luceo non uro”, which—while one of the actual mottoes of Clan MacKenzie—is from my favorite book series: Diana Gabaldon’s _Outlander_ series. The other, on my left forearm, says: “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or book long enough to suit me” which is a C.S. Lewis quote and is utterly true.
I have plans for more! :)
I’m a Systems Librarian in a Government Library in the DC Metro Region. This is my fourth tattoo, but my first Library themed one. It’ll only be viewable in shorts (right outside calf), so no one at work will ever see it.
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I am the Book Buyer at an independent bookstore in Rhode Island. I have been working in bookstores for more than 25 years. I was trying to decide on the perfect literary quote for my tattoo and after being unable to pick just one, I went with something original and personal. I am a drug addict in recovery and my love of books and working with them has probably saved my life. If I hadn’t been such a mess in my earlier years I would have gotten a degree and been a librarian :)