Out with the Mean Old Librarians, and in with the New Tattooed Ones

I wish my elementary school had had a librarian as cool as these tattooed ones.

Powerton5 months ago in Stories

As a lover of books and libraries and as a believer in the power of children's literature to educate and inspire young people everywhere, I am happy to report that librarians are getting tattoos in honor of winners of the highly coveted Caldecott Medal. If you're not familiar with the world of books for kids, this award is basically its equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize. Fondly referring to their new body art as "Caldetatts," these cool librarians show off these adorable illustrations at the annual Youth Media Awards (YMAs) in San Francisco, which, as you can tell in the photos below, is well on its way to transforming the American Library Association's biggest annual event into a tattoo convention.

Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
Beekle's famous crown on the author's—Ben Santat—arm. Tattoo by Monty Siam (Instagram @thstattoo) #AmericanLibraryAssociation #BenSantat #CaldecottMedal #Caldetatts #librarians #MontySiam
Beekle's famous crown on the author's—Ben Santat—arm. Tattoo by Monty Siam (Instagram @thstattoo) #AmericanLibraryAssociation #BenSantat #CaldecottMedal #Caldetatts #librarians #MontySiam
Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
An illustration of Beekle on one of the Caldecott Medal's committee member's arms. Artist unknown. #AmericanLibraryAssociation #Beekle #BenSartat #CaldecottMedal #Caldetatts #crown #librarians
An illustration of Beekle on one of the Caldecott Medal's committee member's arms. Artist unknown. #AmericanLibraryAssociation #Beekle #BenSartat #CaldecottMedal #Caldetatts #crown #librarians

As one can see in the photos above, the main character from the 2015 Caldecott winner, The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Ben Santat, left a strong impression on many lives, especially these ink-up librarians.

Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
Bee imagery that takes after the illustrations in Laura Ruby's award winning children's book—Bone Gap. Artist unknown. #AmericanLibraryAssociation #bee #BoneGap #CaldecottMedal #Caldetatts #LauraRuby #librarians
Bee imagery that takes after the illustrations in Laura Ruby's award winning children's book—Bone Gap. Artist unknown. #AmericanLibraryAssociation #bee #BoneGap #CaldecottMedal #Caldetatts #LauraRuby #librarians
Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
Awesome fine line work of the bee from Laura Ruby's award winning children's book. Artist unknown. #AmericanLibraryAssociation #bee #BoneGap #CaldecottMedal #Caldetatts #LauraRuby #librarians
Awesome fine line work of the bee from Laura Ruby's award winning children's book. Artist unknown. #AmericanLibraryAssociation #bee #BoneGap #CaldecottMedal #Caldetatts #LauraRuby #librarians
Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
An interesting use of honeycombing in this bee image in honor of Laura Ruby's now famous book. Artist unknown. #AmericanLibraryAssociation #bee #BoneGap #CaldecottMedal #Caldetatts #LauraRuby #librarians
An interesting use of honeycombing in this bee image in honor of Laura Ruby's now famous book. Artist unknown. #AmericanLibraryAssociation #bee #BoneGap #CaldecottMedal #Caldetatts #LauraRuby #librarians

Continuing the trend of Caldetatts that started with tattoos of Beekle and his crown, this year's winner of the Michael L. Printz Award, Bone Gap by Laura Ruby, also made its mark on several librarians. The book's cover image featuring a bee was by far the fan favorite for tattoo enthusiasts who also love the Dewy Decimal System. 

Ross HowertonFrom Tattoodo App
The best bee inspired by Laura Ruby yet. Artist unknown. #AmericanLibraryAssociation #bee #BoneGap #CaldecottMedal #Caldetatts #LauraRuby #librarians
The best bee inspired by Laura Ruby yet. Artist unknown. #AmericanLibraryAssociation #bee #BoneGap #CaldecottMedal #Caldetatts #LauraRuby #librarians

I hope you liked this piece about bookworms with tattoos. Though this convention only happens once a year, I'll do my best to remember to share the images of new art work when the YMAs happen again.