Tattoos offer an artistic way to pay homage to life’s passions. For the staff of the New York Public Library (NYPL), literature is their life—and they have the body art to prove it. A recent blog post on the NYPL website features a selection of staff members' tattoos that celebrate their favorite books, inspiring authors, and even now-defunct card catalogs. Each design is as different as their positions within the library.
The NYPL staff share the special meanings behind their book-inspired tattoos. Some honor their status as “book dork,” such as Emily Pullen, an Assistant Book Buyer at The New York Public Library Shop. Inking her Matilda body art cemented her status as a bibliophile. “Several years later [after getting the tattoo],” she says, “I wrote an essay about Matilda that helped me get into grad school for library science. Needless to say, she's been a source of inspiration for as long as I've known her.”
Scroll down to see some of these literary tattoos and the inspiration behind them. Want to get your own tattoo celebrating the written word? Check out some of our favorite book quote tattoos.
The staff of the New York Public Library shares some of their book-inspired tattoos and the meaning behind them.
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