Tattooing Animals: Abusive or Artistic?

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Animals and tattoos are two very wonderful things. What do you think about tattooing animals?

Incredible tattoo professionals like Lithuanian artist Domantas Parvainas- crafter of some stellar animal portraits, would agree. So would the well-known Mike DeVries, who’s responsible for putting together stunningly realistic animal portraits. What about when these two elements don’t mix? What about animals who have tattoos of their own? Sure, a Poodle with a portrait makes for an entertaining image, but taking that idea beyond Photoshop art seems to be crossing lines. Believe it or not, some pet owners-who are also tattoo artists-blur the boundary between artistic and abusive.

North Carolina man, Ernesto Rodriguez who is a veteran and tattoo artist, took the liberty of injecting ink into his own to Pit Bull puppies. At first Rodriguez claimed the dog was asleep and didn’t feel a thing, then came the later add-on that the dog was actually sedated. The statements he’s made in articles are inconsistent. Whether the dog was asleep or sedated, does that make it okay for him to tattoo something that doesn’t have a voice of its own?

Another artist did the same thing to his dog. Mistah Metro who works at Red Legged Devil tattoo parlor (owned by tattoo artist Chris Torres who was featured on both Miami and New York Ink) did the same thing as Rodriguez. He decided to tattoo his pet that was under sedation after a surgical procedure. Metro didn’t tattoo his dog in the shop so they’re in the clear, but what veterinarian would allow somebody to tattoo an animal in their office?

Although it is not illegal to tattoo a dog, the ASPCA condemns the practice for anything other than identification purposes. 'Tattooing an animal for the vain sake of joy and entertainment of the owner without any regard for the well-being of the animal… is not something the ASPCA supports, a spokesman for the group told the New York Post.”

The practice was banned in New York with the exception of medical and identification purposes. Consequences for tattooing and/or piercing an animal in the state of New York range from up to 15 days in jail and $250 in fines.

Ernesto Rodriguez took it upon himself to tattoo the thin skin of his own dog's belly.
Ernesto Rodriguez took it upon himself to tattoo the thin skin of his own dog's belly.

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What's more bothersome; the absent-minded idea to tattoo a being that can't give consent or that the tattoo itself is just horrible?

Mistah Metro proudly posted this picture of him tattooing his dog on Instagram.
Mistah Metro proudly posted this picture of him tattooing his dog on Instagram.

Just because the pup won't feel any of the tattooing process doesn't mean it won't have to endure the irritating itch that comes with healing. Not to mention the fur that will eventually grow back and cover the design.

A close up of the traditional artwork.
A close up of the traditional artwork.
AIMS-Animal Tattoo Identification Systems
AIMS-Animal Tattoo Identification Systems

Identification tattoos are legal, AIMS claims to tattoo their animals in a safe non-toxic manner.

Ear tags like this one are another common way to mark and keep track of livestock.
Ear tags like this one are another common way to mark and keep track of livestock.
Tattooing a number inside a dog's ear is helpful for tracking purposes.
Tattooing a number inside a dog's ear is helpful for tracking purposes.

The above photo strikes a personal chord. Service Dogs commonly have identity tattoos, I've had two Service Dogs in my life, both had identification numbers tattooed on their inner right ear. Every dog is tattooed because not every owner chooses the microchip option.

*In May of 2014 I took it upon myself to get a tattoo of my first Service Dog's ID number behind my right ear. Unlike the animals above I knew what I was in for and I have the freewill to make my own decisions. Why did I do it? I've always wanted a matching tattoo so there's high sentimental value despite the fact that it looks like jailhouse scrath and I'd never recommend the artist, (as a kindness I won't mention the name or the shop) I'll just say do your research people and tattoo responsibly, not impulsively.

Tattooed hairless cat
Tattooed hairless cat

No, this is not Lil Jon's cat, the tattoos on this feline aren't that horrible. Apparently tattooing cats is a legal although questionable trend happening in Moscow, Russia. 'Cattooing' is a process that takes around three hours. Putting an animal under anesthesia is a risk in itself, is it worth it just to make the owner happy?

Tattoo artist Kat Von D with one of her beloved hairless cats.
Tattoo artist Kat Von D with one of her beloved hairless cats.

Cattooing or having tattoos while holding cats?

If the act of tattooing animals for aesthetic purposes angers you, turn that negative into a positive by signing the petition that thousands of others already have to end it. Click here to end it!

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@Genevieve Rose

I'm a follower of Christ who happens to be a writer and loves tattoos. My collection is growing, I'm officially in the double digits. If I was hardcore I'd have sleeves, one literary arm and the other biblical. Whether tattoos are main stream or back-alley I'll always enjoy the art form, particularly soft black and gray and script. I'm a fall kind of person who loves dogs. Follow me on Instagram @genevieverose1922

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