Your position title or student status: I am a part-time library assistant and a full-time musician and writer.
Type of repository/collection you work in: I work in a public library
General location: Bay Area, California
About my tattoos: I have always loved tattoos, and started collecting them when I was 15 (self-made) and then when I could afford them at age 21. I still have a lot of room left, but I have enough tattoos (both arms are covered in them, part of my chest, too) that people are constantly commenting on them, asking questions about them. :)
Here you go!
“Okay okay okay. People keep asking me.
Librarians got tattoos. I’m one of them.
At my second job interview, I made sure to display my tats openly, so I would not be hired by a school district that later was shocked and appalled that they had hired a queer tattooed librarian. A decade later, I’m still working for them, so I guess they like me okay.
(Not all tattoos pictured. A girl has to have some secrets.)
Trend alert: Another group of librarians are baring their body art in a fund-raising calendar.
More good press for the tattooed librarians out there.
Your position title or student status: Early Childhood Specialist
Type of repository/collection you work in: Large Suburban Library, Children’s Department, more specifically-Family Place Coordinator, Early Childhood & Literacy Activities, Local Preschool Liaison, Staff Trainer, Parenting Programs, Play Programs, Storytime Coordinator, ECRR, 100 Books, Board Books, & shared cross collection development
General location: Metro Detroit
Background information about your tattoos: I have 5 tattoos all together, large bird tattoos on both of my lower legs, a small peace dove on my ankle, a butterfly on my back and the one posted above. The bird tattoos are the most noticed (when wearing skirts/dresses) and they are always great conversdation starters with all patrons (young & old alike). I have not had any problems with any of my tattoos at past jobs or here at the library. If anything, most people think they are beautiful and a great compliment to my personality.
I am posting my favorite/most meaningful tattoo, my lungs! I got this tattoo a few years back to celebrate my youngest sister, who has Cystic Fibrosis. I decided to get it after she went through a rough summer of being in and out of the hospital/ICU at the age of 14. She recently turned 18 and, as with most CF kids, has had her ups and downs in regards to her health, but she’s graduating from high school this year and plans to attend college next fall. I like having the tattoo as a way to start conversations about Cystic Fibrosis (since there are so many people that have no idea what it is), as a representation of what an amazing sister I have, and asa daily reminder to breathe and enjoy the life I have!
Next Up: Max from Where the Wild Things Are
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It’s a wonderful project that we’re happy to support!
The Rhode Island Library Association (RILA) is challenging people to check their preconceived library notions at the door.
All the colors of fall. Who has new ink planned in the next couple months? Anything library or lit related? We’d love to see it!
hopefully! it depends a little bit on the job situation though!
I’ve wanted to get 811.54 on my right arm as my first tattoo for ages. One day, I will have both the courage and the money. All the tattoos I want are words or language-related.
Flying books on my forearm probably, sometime soon because I’m antsy and feel like another tattoo. Phantom Tollbooth book cover on my back was my first!
Oooh, we’d love to see the back piece!
Who owns a tattoo? The obvious answer is the wearer, who paid for the ink and is now permanently (more or less) attached to it. Yet recent disputes have called into question the easy idea that if you buy a tattoo, you also own it and can display it as you like. Tattoo artists are increasingly claiming that they, like other artists, own the copyright to the images they create. And when those images, attached to living people, appear on the silver screen — or a computer monitor — the artists want to get paid.