A sign of permanent devotion: People pay $100 to get a tattoo, support the Lawrence Public Library

Holly Hackney, co-owner of Standard Electric Tattooing in Lawrence, gives a tattoo to Kimberly Lopez on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, as part of a fundraiser for the Lawrence Public Library.

Some people were feeling a sting as they supported the Lawrence Public Library Tuesday.

It’s National Library Week, and one of the events planned by the library was “Get Inked for the Library.” Jarod and Holly Hackney, owners of Standard Electric Tattooing, 19 W. Ninth St., scheduled the day to do the tattooing and planned to donate all the proceeds to the library.

“We’re doing this to draw attention to the library, which is amazing,” Holly Hackney said.

Forty people signed up to get a permanent tattoo on an arm or a leg. Each person paid $100, which will go to the Lawrence Public Library Foundation. They got to choose from eight tattoos — several of them book-related — designed by the Hackneys.

One of the choices was the word “fin” — French for “the end.” Kimberly Lopez, who works at the library, was getting that tattooed on her ankle Tuesday.

photo by: Kathy Hanks

Kimberly Lopez, right, displays her tattoo, created by Holly Hackney, left, for the “Get Inked for the Library” fundraiser. Lopez, a library employee, paid $100 for the tattoo on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, as part of a fundraiser for the library.

“I thought it was for a good cause. It hurt a little. I love the library and the tattoo,” Lopez said after Holly Hackney was finished.

For a list of other events during National Library Week, go to http://www.lawrencepubliclibraryfoundation.org/

photo by: Lawrence Public Library

The selection of tattoo designs are shown in this image for a fundraiser at Lawrence Public Library, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. The library hosted “Get Inked for the Library,” an event for National Library Week in which all proceeds from the permanent tattoos would go to the library’s foundation.


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