Colony Cats in Columbus, Ohio is partnering with Envy Skin Gallery for a special fundraiser! Come on out Saturday, November 5 and get a paw print tattoo (up to 1 square inch) for just $40 and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Colony Cats!
Colony Cats is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose primary mission is to address cat overpopulation in central Ohio through public awareness and spay/neuter efforts. Since 2002, Colony Cats has facilitated spay or neuter of over 6,324 animals. They also have a beautiful cage free adoption center in Columbus where you can visit their adoptable cats.
Not ready to commit to the real thing? Then check out our new line of temporary cattoos! Cattoo Design just released a collection of cat-themed temporary tattoos. These fun tattoos are the perfect way to test drive a design. They are easy to apply and remove and they last three to five days. Safe and non-toxic, our temporary tattoos are made in the USA.
Choose from five different designs, including a tribal cat face, a sitting tribal cat, paw prints, “Cat Mom” and “Cat Dad”. Temporary tattoos measure 2″ x 3″ and come in a pack of two sheets for $5, or you can get all five designs for $20.
Charlotte “Inkbot” Brewster | Los Angeles, CA Tattoo artists: Sasha Merritt at Dragonfly Ink Studio and an unknown artist from Mom’s Body Shop, both in San Francisco, CA Tattoo photo by: Jacob Appelbaum Wooja montage by: Stefanie Kraus
“I had an amazing kitty named Wooja who lived to be 27 years old! About a year before she passed, I “booked her” with a non-toxic ink pad meant for kids. I took her paw prints to Mom’s Body Shop on Haight in SF and had four paw prints tattooed up my left calf. Then, a year after her passing, to commemorate her life and how much she means to me, I went to see the amazing Sasha Merritt at Dragonfly Ink. Sasha darkened the first four and extended them all the way up my leg for a total of “Lucky 13″ paw prints. Sasha gave them this really cool, sort of patchy effect, so that up close they look like Wooja had just walked through a puddle and then up my leg. In 2007, a personal essay I wrote about Wooja was published in a book about women and tattoos called Chick Ink: 40 Stories of Tattoos–and the Women Who Wear Them. The bond of a friendship made in childhood is very strong, and I still miss my Wooja very much, but her paw prints make me feel like she is always with me — encouraging me to keep putting one paw — or foot — in front of the other.”
Donna Maher | Chandler, AZ Tattoo artist: Carlos Rubio at Disciple Tattoo, Chandler, AZ
“I’m a BIG cat lover (7 own me, not to mention my “outdoor” family) and I wanted a cattoo that expressed my love of kitties and maybe a bad habit or two . I decided on my “Smokin’ Kitty.” She’s a beauty with a touch of sass! Her paw prints depict her walking up my arm where she decides to sit and have herself a nice, relaxing smoke. She had to be a black cat, because I’ve just got a thing for black cats, and my most beloved kitty, Midnight, was black as night. This is my tribute to Midnight, who I miss so VERY much, and all of my cat familiars!”
Kim Robinson | North Vancouver, BC, Canada Tattoo artist: Che Falk at Wild Child Tattoos, New Westminster, BC
“I had my cat’s paw imprints done with the intention of using the plaque as the design for my tattoo. I had the tattoo artist trace a photocopy of the plaque, then stagger the prints up my back as if my cat was walking on me.”
“Got this while working in New Orleans following hurricane Katrina. The reason it’s on my left arm instead of the right is because a feral cat ran up the right arm two days before I was going to get the tat and scratched it up a bit. Though that did finalize how I wanted the paw prints.”
“Tattoo to represent the first of my feline groups – the Original Posse: Carrie, Jack, Toby, Parsley and Sage. Sadly out of the five only the youngest (Sage) is still with me; she’s now the oldest in a group of three, Sage, Astryd and Darwin.”
Sara Santiago | Phoenix, AZ Tattoo artist: J Ville, Club Tattoo, Tempe, AZ
“I got my cattoo to commemorate the passing of my cat Onyx in 2009. My cattoo was designed especially for me by my dear friend Cecilia Clifford based on some ideas and pictures I had sent her.
I asked her to design a generic everycat tattoo because I didn’t want to play favorites, but getting the cattoo was a direct emotional response to losing Onyx to chronic renal failure. Tattoos can be very cathartic — they have the ability to transform intense emotional pain into a kind of controlled physical pain that maybe we can deal with a little more easily. And when the pain is gone, we are left with a beautiful memento of happier times.
Each paw print represents a specific cat I have shared my life with (one is missing — I haven’t updated it yet with a 6th paw print to represent my newest cat!)
Cecilia came up with several designs for me, and I put them all on Facebook for a vote. Turns out the one everyone else liked was the one that I loved most, too.”