Sexy Tattooed Librarians
August 1, 2009 7:44 PM   Subscribe

Sexy tattooed librarians.
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey (76 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
SHOW YOUR BOOKS
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:53 PM on August 1, 2009 [12 favorites]


Hey look! It's jessamyn!
posted by Askiba at 7:54 PM on August 1, 2009


I'll be in my room....
posted by Floydd at 7:55 PM on August 1, 2009


You don't usually see [librarians] as tattooed and sexy. We're not the little old ladies who walk around with buns."

Mutually exclusive much?
posted by scratch at 7:59 PM on August 1, 2009 [4 favorites]


Wow, it's like a heartwarming movie about discovery and flesh and reading! And now I don't even have to watch it.
posted by damehex at 8:02 PM on August 1, 2009


Oh come on. Even the Mormon missionaries showed more skin than some of those Men of TLA.
posted by blucevalo at 8:04 PM on August 1, 2009


Looks like this is the closest I'm going to get to using this joke... are any of them Obscure Reference Librarians? Ok, more of a pun than a joke. I had to get it out of my system.
posted by jdfan at 8:15 PM on August 1, 2009


When you think of librarians you might think of a lady asking the man by the photocopy machine who smells like feces not to talk to himself too loud.
posted by cortex at 8:36 PM on August 1, 2009 [16 favorites]


Is this the thread where we post lots of sexy calendar girl pictures?

If not, why is this here? I am confused.
posted by rokusan at 8:44 PM on August 1, 2009


"You'll meet seasoned professionals and passionate lay advocates..."

... I got nothin'.
posted by Mike D at 8:47 PM on August 1, 2009


I think they should have posed in the library.
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 8:47 PM on August 1, 2009


I don't think tattoos are sexy. There, I said it.
posted by yhbc at 8:48 PM on August 1, 2009 [7 favorites]


Which is sexier: Jennifer Aniston or a tractor?
posted by swift at 8:50 PM on August 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


When you think of librarians you might think of a lady asking the man by the photocopy machine who smells like feces not to talk to himself too loud.

Is her hair in a bun?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:55 PM on August 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


Librarian fetish!!
That's where I'm a viking!!
posted by Iron Rat at 8:56 PM on August 1, 2009 [4 favorites]


I prefer librarian book cart drill teams.
posted by lukemeister at 8:59 PM on August 1, 2009 [2 favorites]


You want controversial? Show one of those Texas librarians putting a copy of "Origin of Species" on a shelf...
posted by wendell at 9:05 PM on August 1, 2009 [7 favorites]


Liberians are hot.
posted by Mblue at 9:05 PM on August 1, 2009


Kelly, who sports the universal symbol for goddess on her ankle

I was unaware that there was a universal symbol for goddess. Is this like those people who unwittingly tattoo themselves with humorous sayings in foreign languages?
posted by winna at 9:10 PM on August 1, 2009 [2 favorites]


Where the hell is jessamyn?
posted by FauxScot at 9:18 PM on August 1, 2009


Where the hell is jessamyn?

Hiding. She's no dummy.
posted by loquacious at 9:23 PM on August 1, 2009


Shit. I came into this thread hoping for a link to burly tattooed men with facial hair and tattoos who also picked up the occasional Pynchon novel.

I found none of that.
posted by hippybear at 9:58 PM on August 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


Oh come on. Even the Mormon missionaries showed more skin than some of those Men of TLA.

Ah, yes ... the Mormon Hotties.
posted by ericb at 10:07 PM on August 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


Eponysterical, hippybear.
posted by rokusan at 10:22 PM on August 1, 2009


OMG TATTOOS ARE SO EDGY AND LIBRARIANS ARE SO CONSERVATIVE THAT I WOULD NEVER IN MY LIFE EXPECT A LIBRARIAN TO GET A TATTOO
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 10:22 PM on August 1, 2009 [11 favorites]


Where the hell is jessamyn?

Hiding. She's no dummy.

They first photographed the sexy tattooed librarians, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a sexy tattooed librarian. Then they photographed the sexy tattooed after-school volunteers, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a sexy tattooed after-school volunteer. Then they photographed the IT lady who's helpful and sort of cute and sits in the back reading the manga books nobody checks out because they're all stacked in that weird unlit young adult fiction section right next to all those copies of Chicken Soup for the Soul in the young adults non-fiction section, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't her. Then they came for me—and coughed awkwardly a little before asking me if I could assist the photographer.
posted by shadytrees at 10:23 PM on August 1, 2009 [6 favorites]


Stay classy, books.
posted by Graygorey at 10:36 PM on August 1, 2009


Where the hell is jessamyn?

Vermont. These are Texas librarians. Most Texas librarians outside of Austin refuse to admit that librarians in Vermont or Massachusetts or New York have the same job title. The photographers should have clarified things by having all their librarians wear stereotypical cowboy hats. Although The Naked Cowboy IS in NYC, so maybe they didn't want that association.
posted by wendell at 10:38 PM on August 1, 2009


I came into this thread hoping for a link to burly tattooed men with facial hair and tattoos who also picked up the occasional Pynchon novel.

If there were men the calendar would have to be called "Sexy Tattooed Information Scientists" since there's probably still that double standard at play in this field.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:46 PM on August 1, 2009


Although The Naked Cowboy IS in NYC...

And he's running for mayor!
posted by ericb at 10:48 PM on August 1, 2009


Where the hell is jessamyn?

I think I saw her over by the photocopier.
posted by tim_in_oz at 10:52 PM on August 1, 2009


I wonder which of those two links will receive more clicks?
posted by brenton at 11:06 PM on August 1, 2009


I've got a pretty big collection of symbology and goddess books but I have never seen that "universal symbol for goddess". Unless goddess = moon with swirls.
posted by saucysault at 1:37 AM on August 2, 2009 [1 favorite]


hippybear: "The colorful idea came up in 2007, a year after the "Men of Texas Libraries" calendar flew off the shelves and quickly sold out, bringing in more than $9,000 in donations."

Doesn't specifically mention beards and Pynchon, but I'm sure there'd be someone in there who fit the bill [if not, MeMail me; I know some people].
posted by Infinite Jest at 3:07 AM on August 2, 2009 [1 favorite]


I will admit I only saw the preview behind the link but the three ladies shown there aren't exactly sporting creative tats. a star on your shoulder? something tiny on your ankle? seriously?
posted by krautland at 3:48 AM on August 2, 2009


I don't think tattoos are sexy. There, I said it.

Turns out, opinions can be wrong!
posted by Mikey-San at 3:52 AM on August 2, 2009 [1 favorite]


Not only are they not sporting creative tats, but the definition of 'sexy' seems to've been stretched past its breaking point in those photos.
posted by item at 3:53 AM on August 2, 2009 [1 favorite]


I must admit a few years back when I rented The Filth And The Fury from the library I was mildly surprised when the librarian started chatting to me about the Sex Pistols. Though the fact she had purple hair might have clued me in.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 4:31 AM on August 2, 2009


Naked Cowboy say:

It would be crazy to do anything else!
posted by nosila at 5:07 AM on August 2, 2009


These are great and all, but whenever I see links about tattooed librarians I get all excited thinking about the awesome tattoos someone who has devoted their life to books might get. Chaucer related! Shakespeare! Or something library related, like Ranganathan's five laws! Full sleeves of text! But all I ever get are pictures of folks with a starfish, or a moon. It seems like some of those women have larger scale tattoos, but I can barely see them.

Guess I'll just have to buy the calendar.
posted by clockbound at 5:15 AM on August 2, 2009 [1 favorite]


The librarians in Philadelphia are trying to offset the city's budget shortfall with a calendar featuring photos of their best "what the fuck do you want?" faces.
posted by orme at 6:22 AM on August 2, 2009 [8 favorites]


You want controversial? Show one of those Texas librarians putting a copy of "Origin of Species" on a shelf...

Whenever I see the word Texas in a thread, I can rest assured there'll be a good helping of this. Way to go in the consistency department.
posted by Devils Rancher at 6:56 AM on August 2, 2009 [2 favorites]


Not only are they not sporting creative tats, but the definition of 'sexy' seems to've been stretched past its breaking point in those photos.

Another reason I love Metafilter: It took hours for someone to complain that the women weren't hot enough.
posted by Toothless Willy at 6:58 AM on August 2, 2009


The Naked Cowboy IS in NYC

....and we'll send him to anyone else willing to pay for him.
posted by mephron at 7:58 AM on August 2, 2009 [1 favorite]


Despite that I'm a tattooed librarian, I don't really have much to say about this calendar. Some of the women are more attractive than others, and some are more heavily tattooed (and with tattoos I like better), than others. But I feel like lingering on those very obvious facts might be missing the point.

It's getting a ton of media coverage, which I would like to think is a good thing in terms of raising the profile of libraries and librarians, making tattoos more socially acceptable and widening the standards of 'professional' appearance in this rapidly-changing polyglot society. Yeah, I'm an optimist. And I hope they sell a whole lot of calendars.
posted by box at 8:12 AM on August 2, 2009 [2 favorites]


Where are the men?
posted by agregoli at 8:21 AM on August 2, 2009


Shakespeare!

You're thinking of Megan Fox.
posted by lukemeister at 8:28 AM on August 2, 2009


Not only is Gretchen a tattooed librarian, she's also a "Lay Advocate"
posted by 445supermag at 9:28 AM on August 2, 2009


Liberians are hot.
posted by Mblue at 9:05 PM on August 1 [+] [!]


You're right, Liberian Calender Girls are pretty hot.
posted by 445supermag at 9:31 AM on August 2, 2009 [1 favorite]


I see the tattoos and the librarians but I don't see the sexy. Please fix post thx.
posted by xmutex at 9:49 AM on August 2, 2009


It might be worth pointing out to people like item and xmutex that 'sexy' is crash's word, not the TLAs.
posted by box at 10:12 AM on August 2, 2009


Seriously, if my next tattoo is one of Ranganatahan's five laws, it will be time to drive to the nearest loony bin and commit myself.
posted by blucevalo at 10:34 AM on August 2, 2009


Not only is Gretchen a tattooed librarian, she's also a "Lay Advocate"

Unfortunate caption, from Wait Wait Don't Tell Me
posted by lukemeister at 10:53 AM on August 2, 2009 [1 favorite]


I traveled to Albania with Beth, Miss February for study-abroad in 2008. She's a real sweety. Galveston area libraries really took a hit with hurricane Ike, they can use the cash, crap tattoos or not. Glad to see this getting so much coverage.
posted by haunted by Leonard Cohen at 11:03 AM on August 2, 2009


It's actually one of the librarians' words, xmutex:

"It was just a fun thing to do," said Gretchen Hoffmann, 42, who turned up the heat as Miss August 2010 by posing on a row boat, a purple boa strategically draped to highlight the starfish tattoo on her upper back."I like the idea that the calendars are stereotype-busters. You don't usually see [librarians] as tattooed and sexy. We're not the little old ladies who walk around with buns."
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 11:05 AM on August 2, 2009


(I should have directed that comment at box, not xmutex. This is what I get for giving up caffeine.)
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 11:07 AM on August 2, 2009


whenever I see links about tattooed librarians I get all excited thinking about the awesome tattoos someone who has devoted their life to books might get
yea! - I have a librarian friend who has a tattoo of shakespeare sitting in a little alcove of books. it's really great.
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 11:28 AM on August 2, 2009


My mistake, crash--thanks for the clarification.
posted by box at 12:22 PM on August 2, 2009


Hmm. Other than the Buddha's footprint from Ginsberg's books, none of my tattoos are particularly literary.
posted by box at 12:23 PM on August 2, 2009


USA Today: "The Texas Library Association is raising money by selling a new calendar that features librarians not with notable book collections or with incredibly high IQs, but with tattoos."

Because of course tattoo = illiterate with low IQ.
posted by blucevalo at 12:52 PM on August 2, 2009


Who is so stupid, though, that they think of librarians as little old ladies with buns? They're not exactly bucking some pervasive stereotype here, really?
posted by agregoli at 1:55 PM on August 2, 2009


Actually, agregoli, at my library people routinely walk right past me (youngish, tattooed etc) to ask the 80-something lady at the circ desk for help. When she directs them back into the childrens' room to see me, they look very surprised.
posted by Biblio at 2:04 PM on August 2, 2009 [1 favorite]


My wife's a sexy tattooed librarian. She's got one under her navel that reads WITHDRAWN.
posted by stinkycheese at 2:16 PM on August 2, 2009


These are Texas librarians. Most Texas librarians outside of Austin refuse to admit that librarians in Vermont or Massachusetts or New York have the same job title. The photographers should have clarified things by having all their librarians wear stereotypical cowboy hats.

Dumbass.
posted by bradth27 at 3:02 PM on August 2, 2009


Dumbass.

That's what I was going for.

But I got over my Librarian Fetish two years ago when Craig Ferguson was the first to declare that Sarah Palin had a "naughty librarian" look.
posted by wendell at 3:13 PM on August 2, 2009


Wait... who the hell is jessamyn?
posted by hermitosis at 4:49 PM on August 2, 2009


Hey look! It's VIA jessamyn! ftfy.

Hey I have a tattoo! Two tattoos. Neither are literary though. One keeps monsters away.

Who is so stupid, though, that they think of librarians as little old ladies with buns?

The idiot media.

I was at a wedding yesterday for a goot friend who I have known since I was eleven. One of her friend's parents who has also known me about that long was asking what i was up to. I gave her the short list, do technology instruction, help run a website, rural librarian and she was all "Oh I always thought you'd be doing something interesting...."

I'm with box, I'm almost as excited to see the tattooed angle to this [hey smart interesting people can have tattoos!] than the librarian angle [hey librarians, they're not what you think!] but I hope they raise a ton of money and I'm happy to help publicize the thing however I can.

Next up should be some sort of MetaFilter: My Internet Friends calendar to raise money for .... some good cause.
posted by jessamyn at 5:21 PM on August 2, 2009 [1 favorite]


Man, 'Sexy tattooed librarians'. There is no part of that I don't like. I had a huge crush on a librarian last year. The way she held up her hand when someone tried to talk to here when she was busy gave me the shivers.
posted by UseyurBrain at 6:56 PM on August 2, 2009


I am a tattooed librarian. Two out of three ain't bad.
posted by The Card Cheat at 8:43 PM on August 2, 2009


T L & A

Fixed the for them!
posted by Pollomacho at 9:29 PM on August 2, 2009


that, fixed THAT for them.
posted by Pollomacho at 9:30 PM on August 2, 2009


Warning: Pictures also contain a full frontal ukulele.
posted by chairface at 9:54 PM on August 2, 2009


SHOW US YOUR TITLES
posted by Pronoiac at 2:30 AM on August 3, 2009 [1 favorite]


I could swear there's a rash (so to speak...ew) of these hott librarian calendars every four or five years, but it's been a while since I saw one. Then we all get to be like, hey, some librarians are hot! And others of us get to be like, hey, not all librarians are old! and then others among us are all, hey, i'm a hot librarian, but the ones in this here nekkid calendar are old!

Anyway. I couldn't find more than passing mention of many, but here's at least coverage of a couple. (Does a livejournal page count as coverage?)
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 10:09 AM on August 3, 2009


Here in Exeter we have a lady librarian with full-sleeve tattoos. It's quality work, but as far as I can see, nothing to do with books.
posted by raygirvan at 2:06 AM on August 4, 2009


I must admit a few years back when I rented The Filth And The Fury from the library I was mildly surprised when the librarian started chatting to me about the Sex Pistols. Though the fact she had purple hair might have clued me in.

Where I'm from it seems like half the DJ's/promoters are librarians, playing everything from indie-rock to reggae/bhangra. Then there's the "rock/folk/gothic" band named after a Dostoevsky character. Not to mention whenever I go to a gig I see people I work with or went to library school with. Seems like it's harder to find a librarian who isn't obsessed with music, than one who is.
posted by Infinite Jest at 5:42 AM on August 5, 2009


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