Reviews and Blog Posts: Tattoos

The word made flesh : literary tattoos from bookworms worldwide

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This is one of those books that can be dangerous for your skin and your wallet. I want nearly every tattoo in this thin little tome. Lovingly compiled it explores tattoos of words and illustrations from poetry to picture books, classics to avant garde works if you like ink and...

Tattoo Tales

Anyone remember a time when it seemed like only a veteran would have an anchor tattooed on a forearm?

Yet, in a musty old volume of Life magazine, I stumbled across a couple of photos of individuals with skin adorned with colorful tattoos more varied than a simple anchor or symbol. The article was entitled, One Out of Ten Americans is Tattooed. You can read it in the Central Library Reference Room in the December 21, 1936 issue (pgs 30-31). It's amazing!

Pen & ink : tattoos and the stories behind them

by Isaac Fitzgerald

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I love tattoo books, and I love pen and ink drawings, and I also love memoir so this book was a total home run for me. It was great getting a peek at the various reasons why people get tattooed: some are heartbreaking, some are inspiring and some are just...

Science ink : tattoos of the science obsessed

by Carl Zimmer

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I came across this book by chance when pulling up a complete list of Mary Roach's titles for someone (she writes the introduction, and if you like science and haven't read her books, check her out!). Science Ink takes something simple--scientists and their tattoos, and packages it to be entertaining...

Indelible Books

in·del·i·ble / inˈdeləbəl /  Adjective

(of ink or a pen) Making marks that cannot be removed.
Not able to be forgotten or removed.

Looking for your next tattoo? Did you know there was a Facebook group for Tattooed Librarians? After checking out The Word Made Flesh, I'm not surprised!

Getting a tattoo may not be your cup of tea. But as fans of the television show Miami Ink know, you don't have to have one to be fascinated by them.

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