Tattoos in the News: Rhode Island Library Association

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In what may be one of the coolest efforts to breakdown stereotypes regarding tattoos, the Rhode Island Library Association (RILA) has created a fund-raising calendar called “Tattooed Librarians of the Ocean State”.

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    While there is no doubt that this calendar, featuring 10 women and 2 men librarians featuring their body art, may trigger some ‘naughty librarian’ fantasies, the true aim goes much deeper.  In an age where tattoos are getting more prevalent and mainstream, there is still a strong resistance to accepting them as more than just a symbol of gangs, bikers, sailors and drunk college kids.

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    To continue the path to greater acceptance, people need to have their preconceived notions about tattoos challenged.  And, by challenged, I don’t mean the angry way where tattoo supporters get belligerent towards anyone who questions the choice of getting body art.  Acceptance is achieved by presenting people with a different point of view and letting them come to their own conclusions.  With this calendar, RILA is showing the wonderful body art on people in walks of life that anyone of us could be in… people who are just like us.

    As the stereotypes continue to fall, the broader public will begin to see tattoos as the amazing art form that they are.  RILA’s efforts are another step in that direction.

You can read more about this story in these articles from Huffington Post and The State:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/emily-grace-mehrer/librarian-tattoo_b_4086088.html

http://www.thestate.com/2013/10/13/3036706/ri-tattooed-librarian-calendar.html

If you are interested in supporting this effort, you can go to the Rhode Island Library Association’s page sponsoring this calendar and pick up one for yourself:

http://rilibraries.org/tattooed-librarians-ocean-state

Athlete Tattoo of the Day (Links Lionness Edition): Carly Booth

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    One of the great aspects of ESPN: The Magazine’s annual “Body Issue” is that is shows realistic, and healthy, body images of athletes in all shapes in sizes courtesy of sports figures who take it all of for tasteful photos.  An side benefit of this is that it also reveals the body of art of these athletes, many of whom you may not have known had tattoos.

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One of the more stunning pictorials from the 2013 “Body Issue” featured Carly Booth, a young Scottish golf prodigy who has already made a name for herself of amateur circuit and the Ladies European Tour.  Just this year, she made her first appearances in a few of the major championships on the LPGA Tour (U.S. Women’s Open and Women’s British Open).  While not successful in these first attempts, it is only a matter of time until she breaks through there, as well.

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   The term ‘prodigy’ is not thrown around lightly when it comes to Carly.  At age 12, she played with former Masters and British Open Champion, Sandy Lyle, in the British Masters Pro-Am.  Just two years later, she hit the ground running in her first professional golf event, the Ladies Scottish Open, where she finished in an impressive 13th place.

CBooth_Pic01    This early success foreshadowed Carly becoming a major force on the amateur circuit.  She has already racked up 8 wins in amateur events, with a particularly huge year in 2007, when she won 5 times (Ladies Home International, Scottish Girls U18, Scottish Girls U21, Daily Telegraph Finals, and European Young Master).

CBooth_Pic04       In 2008, Carly became the youngest player ever to represent the Great Britain & Ireland team in the biennial Curtis Cup Match.  The Curtis Cup is a Ryder Cup-style match play event that contested amateur women’s golfers between the United States and Great Britain/Ireland.  Now a professional, Carly has already achieved two victories on the Ladies European Tour.  She will be fascinating to watch as she makes her move towards success on the LPGA tour.

CBooth_Pic05    Carly’s appearance in the “Body Issue” revealed her great love of body art.  When being interviewed about her tattoos as part of the issue, Carly revealed she currently has 5 pieces of body art (I have been able to identify 3 of them).  Some are visible when she is normally dressed, but it is the quote along her right hip that is drawing the most attention.  Curving from her lower back, down the hip and to the top of the thigh is a quote from William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”.  It reads ‘It is not the stars to hold our destiny, but In Ourselves”.

CBooth_Tat01During a workout photo shoot, Carly showed off a design of a Celtic cross on the back of her neck.

CBooth_Tat04Her third tattoo (and the last one I was able to find), is fully visible whenever she’s not on the golf course.  On the top of her left foot, she has a very pretty, wonderfully feminine design of a bird.

CBooth_Tat03CBooth_Tat02CBooth_Tat05You can get more info on Carly Booth at her fansite:

http://www.carlybooth.com/

You can follow her on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/CarlyBooth92

Athlete Tattoo of the Day (Ice Princess Edition): Sasha Cohen

the SCohen_Pic04     At this point, it should come as no surprise that an Olympic athlete, even the most ‘wholesome’ ones, would have a tattoo.  However, the tattoos they usually have are related to their Olympic experience.  Usually, they are in the form of the Olympic Rings or some other Olympic symbol.  Figure skating princess, Sasha Cohen, has body art, but not of the Olympic variety.

SCohen_Pic06      The perpetually youthful-looking, California-born Sasha Cohen is best known for winning the silver medal in women’s figure skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.  Sasha was one of the favorites for the gold entering 2006 Games.  Indeed, she was in the lead after the short program.  However, a ‘lights out’ performance by Japan’s Shizuka Arakawa in the free skate relegated Sasha to the silver.

SCohen_Pic05      Sasha had already been a major player on the world figure skating scene before her silver performance in 2006.  In 2000, while still a member of the juniors program, Sasha competed in the 2000 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.  In a breakthrough performance, she finished second to long-time star Michelle Kwan.  The oddness of the skating’s age qualifications prevented her from getting an automatic berth in the World Seniors Championships, unless she medaled at the World Juniors, as well.  She finished 6th.

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    She came back from that, and a back injury in 2001, to make the 2002 U.S. Olympic team.  She nearly medaled there before finishing in 4th place.  After the 2006 Games, Sasha followed the path of many other successful skaters and toured with the “Champions on Ice” tour, all while keeping her Olympic eligibility with an eye towards the 2010 Games.  A fourth place finish at the U.S. Championships ended that dream, however.

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     Athletics have been a major part of Sasha’s life from her earliest days, when she was a child gymnast.  At 7, she switched to figure skating and went ‘all in’ when she turned 11.  One of her earliest coaches was Victor Yelchin, the father of actor Anton Yelchin (Chekov, from the new “Star Trek” films); and, one of her choreographers is Russian skating legend, Ekaterina Gordeeva.  Sasha has also dabbled in acting with a few roles on television and in film.  It will be interesting to see how that develops in her post-skating career.

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     Sasha’s one tattoo is a cute little Infinity symbol on her left wrist.

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You can find out more about Sasha on her official website:  http://www.sashacohen.com/

You can follow her on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/SashaCohenNYC