Name: Trevor Calvert
Title: Librarian at Marin Academy
Type: Private school library
Location: Bay Area
Background: My name is Trevor Calvert. The picture shows most of my sleeves (a full sleeve on the right and an unfinished sleeve on the left). I also have tattoos on my legs and back. The sleeves combine colored ink from the nineties on my forearms, and if you could see it, black crows and skulls in b/w on my upper arms and back. All of these stemmed from a small tattoo on my forearm where the artist had made a mistake: he offered a fix plus a half-sleeve by way of apology, and I took him up on it, and then kept going.
"What’s past is prologue," by William Shakespeare. I spent years thinking I would get the line information for "To thine own self be true." Recently, I was surprised to realize that I had outgrown that quote, so I got another to remind me that the past is in the past and amazing things are always right around the corner :)
I am a Reference Librarian in a public library in Connecticut.
Thanks to Dana Skwirut for these great pics!
1. L: Business Librarian, Bank of Montreal Business Research Group Chicago, IL
R: Assistant Branch Manager, Chesterfield County Public Library Richmond, VA
2. Librarian, San Jose Public Library San Jose, CA
3. Acting Director of Library Services Naugatuck Valley Community College Waterbury, CT
4. Materials Management & Acquisitions Librarian Teachers College, Columbia University New York, NY
5. PALS Operations Training Manager, Suffolk Cooperative Library System Bellport, NY
6.Student, Rutgers University School of Communication and Information New Brunswick, NJ
Lovely forearm sleeve.
Inspired by these tattoos? Can’t wait? Philadelphia Eddie’s Chinatown Tattoo is offering a librarian’s discount of $10 off tattoos costing $60–$100 and $20 off tattoos $100 and up (bring your badge) during Midwinter! If you add new ink to your body (especially of the literary or book-inspired variety) at the famous tattoo shop located near the Pennsylvania Convention Center and share it on social media, don’t forget to add both the ALA Midwinter hashtag (#alamw14) and the tattoo hashtag (#LibInk) to your picture and show it off to the Midwinter masses!
Look at you guys - you’re all over the internets!
The Good Doctor
I work as a library assistant for a law library located at a courthouse in Washington DC. The inspiration behind the tattoo is because I have always been a huge fan of Hunter S. Thompson and his writings. We decided the best way to pay homage to this famous author was to do a portrait in the splatter style of his illustrator Ralph Steadman. To set it off we thought it would be best to add a literary quote he was known for “Too weird to live, too rare to die”.
This tattoo was inspired by Josh Ritter’s “Temptation of Adam.” Eventually I plan to get it partially filled in with watercolor-style ink.
Frederick the mouse, by Leo Lionni. It is my favorite picture book and always wanted to be reminded to be a “poet and a dreamer” just like Frederick. I am an elementary school librarian.