‘Tattoos and Rescues’ is a project of Tennessee-based photographer Brian Batista.
He started the series mainly to prove two things: the stigma associated with rescued dogs and tattooed owners. First, there's the misconception about rescued dogs; how they're not very advisable to adopt due to the trauma they went through from abuse. Brian wants to show people how very wrong they are about that. He's seen some rescued dogs adopted and then smothered with love, giving them another chance to be just like any other pet dog in a loving home.
There's also the common and very outdated yet existing belief that being tattooed is synonymous with being irresponsible human beings. Horse sh-t, I know. That's what Brian wants to prove wrong as well. It just happens that he met many tattooed people who have adopted rescued dogs and went on to have close bonds with the little critters.
This is the first rescued dog Brian photographed for the ‘Tattoos and Rescues’ series, Sarge.
‘I hope the results of the images are positive for showing that not all rescued animals are damaged and not all tattooed people are degenerates.’ —Brian Batista to Little Things
As endearing the photographs look, Brian isn't all about how his photographs look. It's deeper than that. Bryan have met these people and eventually got to know them personally so to him, it's not just a photograph.
Pictured above is Brian's partner getting tattooed and providing her moral support is their English Bulldog, Mathilda.
Really though, this shouldn't be such a big issue if everyone would just trash the impression that tattooed people are generally less responsible, less capable, and less competent than their non-tattooed counterparts.
Brian looks forward to shooting more animals with their owners in the future. He plans on widening his subjects to other rescued animals like birds, snakes, and cats among others.