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.
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
Thanks to all who contacted Hiring Librarians in response to their request for tattooed librarians willing to answer questions about their interviewing practices. The responses are now up in the third installment of a three-part series on tattooed librarians. Go check all three posts out:
If you didn’t get a chance to submit your own stories, you can still comment on any of the three articles to help continue the discussion. Thanks to Hiring Librarians for taking the time to reach out to the tattooed librarian and archivist community.
Old and busted - my first tattoos. When asked I often make up what these say (favorites include ‘left’ and ‘right’ or ‘youthful indiscretion’). In reality they mean ‘snake’ (got that when I was 14) and ‘tortoise’ (done when I was 15) - what that meant to me 15 years ago has kind of evaporated over time.
It makes me smile when someone can actually read them because it puzzles them even more. There was a period of time when I hated talking about these tattoos; now I love them because their original meaning is no longer relevant so I am free to reinvent what they are as I please. I briefly considered removing them or covering them with something else, but in the end have opted to let them fade and age as I do. After all they are a part of my story, why change them?
In the spirit of the blog, about me:
Location - Chicago
Type of repository - Library and Archives in the private sector
Position title - Director of Library and Archives
That’s all for now - at some point I will get some decent photos of my other work (not easy when you always play the role of the photographer and the bulk of your work is on your back). In the meantime be sure to submit your tattoos!