Hey all. Just to get the ball rolling on this space, I would like to share some thoughts about how to go about submitting photos in a way that you feel comfortable.
Depending on the institution that you work in you may feel that posting to this blog would be chancy due to anti-tattoo policies or corporate image standards. If that is the case feel free to post only closeups of your work to preserve your anonymity. I would also be happy to have submissions emailed to me if you do not want to post from an account tied to your name. If that’s the case, DM me for contact info.
Another concern that I saw on feedback seemed to mirror how I generally feel about posting photographs of my ink online - there can be a fear that showing what you have increases the risk that someone might rip it off. If that is a concern I would recommend being photographed from a distance that allows viewers to get an idea of what your style is while not giving such a close up view that the details of the piece are easily duplicated. Sometimes the real beauty in tattoo photography is seeing the overall effect that the work has on someone’s look rather than the execution of any one design.
I hope to hear from you soon, and, more importantly, see what you have to show!
Welcome tattooed librarians, archivists, curators, and the people who love them. We are now accepting submissions to be included in this community blog. Please submit 1-2 photos of your ink with a mind towards keeping things as work friendly as possible. Bonus points for photos of your tattoos taken in library, archives, or museum collections spaces.
I would like to borrow a page from Librarian Wardrobe by asking that you to include some basic information with your submissions, namely: