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”.
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.
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:
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: