“Tattoos are ugly disfigurations of your skin and you’ll regret them when you’re older.” This is 100% your opinion, which you’re entitled to, just as I am entitled to do what I want with my body. I got my tattoos for me and not you, and I’m the one who will be looking at them when I’m older, not you. Frankly, by the time I’m old enough for my tattooed skin to look bad, the rest of my skin is also going to look not-so-hot, and I won’t give a flying fudge brownie.
“You’ll never get a real job with tattoos like that.” False! Every model featured in this calendar is a librarian or library worker, and many are well established in their fields and leaders of literacy in the information age. There are certainly some professions which frown upon tattoos in the workplace, but that’s someone else’s case to make. Most libraries at this point celebrate the freedom of expression and artwork that tattoos are, and we’re just celebrating that fact in turn through this calendar.
“These tattoos aren’t big/intricate/pretty enough.” Sorry I’m not sorry! We put the librarians who were brave enough to expose themselves to your completely useless scrutiny in our pages and we don’t care how big or small their tattoos are, what they look like, or what they mean, because it’s nobody’s business but their own. For what it’s worth, I don’t think your mind is big enough, your thoughts are intricate enough, or your words pretty enough.
“This isn’t a unique or original concept.” You’re right, it’s not. We were directly influenced and inspired by similar calendars put out by Texas, the Pacific Northwest, and the Tattooed Youth Librarians of Massachusetts, and we’ve been really upfront about that from the start.
“Tattoos aren’t shocking.” Well, I’m personally inclined to agree with you except that evidently they ARE still shocking to loads of people who keep saying as much.
“Tattooed librarians are a stereotype in and of themselves at this point.” Maybe, maybe not. This is a similar point as above; yes, maybe that’s the stereotype that you’ve personally concocted or adjusted to, but clearly plenty of other people have not or else this calendar wouldn’t be making such a stir and selling so well on a national and international scale.
“Having a tattoo makes you a follower.” It doesn’t, actually. No more so than having ink-free skin makes you a follower of your own genetic predisposition. It just makes you a person who wanted to have something permanent added to your body that you enjoy for your own reasons that are really none of anyone else’s concern. Saying things like “this makes you a follower” is what actually makes you a follower. Lead by example, if it’s so important to you: be an original thinker and let others be as well.
“Tattoos don’t make you cool.” No, they don’t. We never said they did. We just said that some of us in this state and in this profession have them, and we’re excited to show them off and connect with others who enjoy tattoos, libraries, and keeping track of their year.
“Plenty of cool librarians don’t have tattoos.” You’re exactly right! This is just the theme we chose to go with this year.
“I already knew that librarians were cool.” Well then awesome, thanks!
This past weekend has been an absolute whirlwind and I’m still reeling.
It feels like everyone in the world caught wind of the Tattooed Librarians of the Ocean State calendar after the Huffington Post shared our little article about it, and since then we’ve also appeared in newspapers all across the country through the Associated Press, became a trending topic on Twitter, and made it to the front page of Bing!
I’m so thrilled that it’s caused such a stir, and even more grateful that the response has been so overwhelmingly positive. The reaction from librarians and the library community has been particularly fabulous, with loads of support coming from outside the profession as well, which is awesome! As with any story that reaches thousands and thousands of judgey little eyes, you’re bound to catch flack from a few negative Nancy’s but c’est la vie. The calendar is doing exactly what I had hoped it would; it’s raising some awareness, peaking interest, generating discussion, making a little bit of money for us – and mostly creating a lot of smiles, as hokey as that sounds! For anyone who purchased one or even just shared the story with someone else, thank you!!
I got to create the Halloween themed book display at North Scituate Public Library this weekend, and had a total blast with the paper punch, in case you couldn’t tell!
I always try to present a smattering of interests and different interpretations of my themed displays; this one features several of the classics (Frankenstein, Dracula), some infamous authors (Lovecraft, Poe), lots of crafting and pumpkin carving handbooks, and also a few about the Salem Witch Trials and the American methods of graves and funerals.
I had the honor of being a guest on the Rhode Show this morning, to discuss the Rhode Island Library Association and how we implemented the Geek the Library campaign on a statewide level!
You can also watch the video and read the accompanying article here!
After trick or treating as a kid in the 1990s, my absolute favorite thing to do was to stay up and watch Halloween specials, mostly on Nickelodeon. I’m pretty sure that my ability to watch scary TV/movies got stunted somewhere around 1996 because I somehow couldn’t sleep with the lights off for 6 months after watching M. Night Shamalamadingdong’s The Village.
Anyway, in honor of one of my absolute favorite holidays, I have thrown together yet another spooktacular list, but this time of all the Halloween television specials I could find online without downloading!
I’m sure eventually that copyright detectives will sniff these out and make the channels take them down, but until then, enjoy some silly scares and nightmarish nostalgia!
Clarissa Explains It All: The Darling Wars (1992)
- Clarissa and Ferguson are left home for the night and try to scare each other with a huge war of spooky pranks. However, they both end up being scared out of their wits when someone tries to invade the house.
- Way more fun than anything even remotely scary, but still so great!
Pete and Pete: Halloweenie (1994)
- Nona Mecklenberg is banned from going trick-or-treating because of a dangerous group of kids known as the Pumpkin Eaters. Younger Pete plans to break the record of number of houses visited in one night. Meanwhile, older Pete is wanted by the Pumpkin Eaters.
Salute Your Shorts: Zeke the Plumber (1991)
- Budnick tells the gang a ghost story about the camp’s old custodian, Zeke. It is said that Zeke, who had lost his nose in an accident, was unable to smell a gas leak which killed him. Budnick tells the group that whomever touches Zeke’s plunger will have horrible nightmares haunted by Zeke.
- Kind of legitimately terrifying to me, not gonna lie. This was one of my favorites to watch when I was a kid, but it pushed the limits of my scariness threshold (such as it is).
Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Tale of Laughing in the Dark (1992)
- A kid named Josh decides to prove that a fun house isn’t haunted by stealing the nose of the clown who is supposed to haunt the place. He learns that the story isn’t fiction when Zeebo pays him a little visit.
- This one actually scares the shit out of me still, to this day, and I am as impressed with a few of these cinematography tricks as I am terrified of clowns.
Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Tale of the Dead Man’s Float (1995)
- Zeke and Clorice find an abandoned swimming pool inside their basement where a secret is contained.
- Again, this one is completely disgusting/terrifying to me.
Are You Afraid of the Dark? The Tale of the Twisted Claw (1991)
- In a twist of “The Monkey’s Paw,” two boys scare an old lady to death the night before Halloween just as the next night they receive a hand granting them wishes with consequences.
Honorable Mentions/Non-Nickelodeon shows:
Home Improvement: The Haunting of the Taylor House (1992)
- On Tool Time: Tim is demonstrating how to make a brick wall. Since it’s Halloween, he also dresses up as a monster in an attempt to scare Al. Together, they carve jack-o-lanterns. Except that Tim has invented a new method for achieving the same result – with, you guessed it, more power! With predictable results. At home: Tim has turned the basement into a “haunted house” for Brad’s Halloween party. Brad has agreed to dress up as “Raggedy Andy” because Jennifer is coming as Raggedy Ann. But Brad is stunned when she comes as a biker chick with another boy, having changed her mind because she claims Brad had been insensitive to her.
- This is the first of 6 Halloween specials from Home Improvement; they did one every year from 1992-1998!
Boy Meets World: And Then There Was Shawn (1998)
- Cory, Shawn, Topanga, Angela, and Kenny all get detention together. Things get scary when they discover someone dead and a bloody warning on the black board “NO ONE GETS OUT ALIVE”. When Jack and Eric arrive, they all work together to try to find out who the killer is. At first they think its the creepy janitor, then Feeny, then the new girl – Jennifer Love Feffermen. But, when they all get killed, too, the remaining realize it must be one of them!
Wishbone: The Legend of Creepy Collars (1997)
- “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ dominates as Halloween comes to Oakdale. Wishbone is Ichabod Crane while Joe and friends do a scavenger hunt.
- No good librarian who grew up in the 1990s would dare create a list of Halloween specials without including Wishbone!