Ink, Inc.

Because the budget crisis doesn’t take holidays, library workers from all departments and locations have been brainstorming fundraising ideas on our staff wiki.  Depending on your point of view, you will either be relieved or disappointed that we will NOT be producing a calendar like The Tattooed Ladies of the TLA. Although library world is normally far from scandalous, this calendar has even the mainstream media’s attention, and librarians nationwide have expressed strong opinions both pro and con.

Whether you sport tattoos proudly, have some apprehension about the subject, or just want to know more, we librarians (inked and otherwise) can hook you up.  Here are some of the materials you can borrow:

The Tattoo Sourcebook: Over 500 Images for Body Decoration, Andy Sloss and Zaynab Mirza. Want a tattoo, but not sure which design to pick? Here’s a guide to inspire you.

Modify, Jason Gary and Greg Jacobson. This documentary includes tattooing as part of its kaleidoscopic look at body art/modification. Not for the squeamish, this film has nevertheless earned a number of honors, including Best Documentary at the Boston Underground Film Festival.

Spiritual Tattoo: A Cultural History of Tattooing, Piercing, Scarification, Branding and Implants, John A. Rush. Far from being a passing fad, body modification is, instead, a time-honored spiritual practice in many cultures. Learn more about the history of tattooing in various religions and cultures with Rush’s anthropological study.

Ink: The Not-Just-Skin-Deep Guide to Getting a Tattoo, Terisa Green. Why rush into something you might regret in the morning? Stay health-conscious, consider the long-term effects, and choose both the design and the tattoo artist that are best for you with Green’s informative handbook.

In the Paint: Tattoos of the NBA and the Stories Behind Them, Andrew Gottlieb. Chock full of both color and black-and-white photos, Gottlieb’s interviews with inked hoopsters, including Shaq, Stephon Marbury and Cherokee Parks, reveal why basketball’s “bad boys” chose their designs.

If you’d like us to reconsider that calendar idea, or have any other thoughts about fundraising, let us know–we are not joking about the budget crisis!  Of course, if you’d rather support your library directly, we certainly wouldn’t say no!  We’d say thank you.  Sincerely.  With great fervor.

–Leigh Anne


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4 responses to “Ink, Inc.

  1. Ha.

    Although I tend to think that if someone needs to look through a sourcebook for a tattoo, they shouldn’t really get one. Because that thing’s going to be inked into your body for the rest of your life.

  2. I could see where you’d feel that way. A lot of people want something different from what everybody else is getting, though, and are looking for inspiration. Other people want to design their own, and are looking for ideas they can modify.

    Leigh Anne

  3. Janis S.

    I work in a library and have been inked for many years. I think it would be a great idea to have a calendar of tattooed librarians, although I’m not sure how it would sell in my very conservative area. I think that the books are great cause they give people ideas that don’t have their own vision or artisitic ability and people can at least have an idea, instead of saying to the tattoo artist, “just do whatever you want.” I’m one of the luck ones that know my tattoo artist as a friend and he can work off my thoughts.

  4. Thanks for commenting, Janis! We get lots of people in looking for tattoo ideas, so I’m glad they exist, too. And it always blows their minds because they had no idea there were such things!

    I don’t think the calendar would sell here, either, but hats off to the TLA…


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