Thursday, July 30, 2009

Inked up librarians pose for great cause

A group of Texas librarians are banishing the stereotypical librarian look: no hair in a bun, spectacles on a chain, long covered up dress, and a finger poised at her lips ready to hiss “Shush!” for these luscious ladies.

Instead they are showing some skin - tattoos and all - to raise disaster relief money to help damaged libraries.

Members of the Texan Library Association have put together an 18 month calendar, The Tattooed Ladies of the TLA, showing off their usually concealed body art.

Librarian Shawne Miksa says it's a way to get people to notice library issues. As the model for November 2010, she shows off Chinese characters on her lower back that mean "wisdom" and "desire".

The ladies' calender is a follow-up to the successful Men of Texas Libraries calendar, which raised $US9000 ($NZ13,936) to help libraries damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

The TLA says libraries promote diversity and freedom of expression and The Tattooed Ladies of TLA calendar is a testament to both.

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