Collector unknown Tattoo artist: Desiree, San Antonio, TX
“This is a tattoo I did on a friend. The writing is the Jabberwocky poem from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. The chesire cat is based off a picture of a tattoo we found but I changed up the face and tail. This tat was free handed then tattooed over with a size 11 liner needle and a size 7 liner.”
“The tattoo is in memory of my pet cat, Casper, who lost an eight-year battle with feline diabetes. She was 14 years old.
Casper came to us as a four-month-old kitten in April of 1995, following the death of a stray we’d adopted several months before. For a week she hid under the furniture before finally coming out and socializing. Casper would accept cuddles and petting only on her terms.
As she got older she proved to be one incredibly smart feline. She could open any door and cupboard in the house, as well as the trash can and the green can even after we’d snapped the lid down. The only door that foiled her was the microwave door; she never quite figured out that she had to push and pull at the same time. One time she and the dog teamed up to get a half-eaten bbq chicken out of the fridge and divide it up, leaving only the empty plate behind.
Around 2002-2003, I noticed that she had chronic eye infections. A visit to the vet revealed that she was a borderline diabetic; she could get better or she could develop full-blown diabetes. We had to give her sugar pills twice a day, which involved quite a bit of trickery to get her to take them. Casper was impossible to fool more than a few times with the same trick.
As she approached her 15th birthday, Casper got thinner and thinner, weaker and weaker. Finally, in early October, she stopped eating. We tried feeding her with a syringe, but it wasn’t enough. She was sick and in pain. Finally, we took her to the vet and had her put to sleep, October 14th of 2009. She was wrapped in a towel and placed in a box (she’d always loved boxes) and buried under the winter apple tree on the family farm.”
Collector unknown Tattoo artist: Mike at Skin Lab, Rosario, Argentina
“Actually this guy was very religious and came with a painting of the lion of Judas. It is told to be the keeper of the key to heaven and only he can see the real strength of the soul and decides if you are worthy of entering to paradise. That’s why in the painting he is walking on clouds.”