If you have spent any time watching Lockup, or any of the other various behind-prison-walls shows, you know that tattoos are huge in prison. I bet 1 out of 5 tattoo artists in your neighborhood tattoo parlor learned everything he needed to know about tattooing in prison. Just kidding, professional tattoo artists go through a lot of training and apprenticeship hours, and I have lots of respect for their artistry. But there are many tattoo artists in prison so when your gel ink pen goes missing, just know that it is probably finding new life as tattoo ink.
So today the clerks were talking about tattoos while we were getting the book drop and they were joking that they should have library clerk tattoos. I told them that would be a great idea if it weren't illegal and thought that would be then end of it.
When I was coming back from signing in at the office, the clerks were laughing hysterically. Because sometimes I just don't want to know, I told them "Let's go!" and we went to the next unit. Lo and behold, in the next unit book drop was a book that someone had sworn up and down that they turned in two days previously. (Note: usually that happens, so if someone swears they turned a book in, tell them "OK, We will look everywhere here and you go back and look everywhere in your room and if it hasn't turned up by the time you come back, THEN we will freak out.")
That made the clerks howl with laughter and in response to my quizzical look, one let me in on the joke:
Clerk: "You know that tattoo that some of the women have that says 'Trust no b****'? Well we are going to have our library clerk tattoo be 'Trust no b**** who says she put her books in the book drop!'"