Stacey Herrle | Leduc, Alberta, Canada Tattoo artist: Blanco at Hart & Huntington, Las Vegas, NV
“This is a tattoo of my Maine Coon Piper. The photo we used was the one the breeder sent me via email right after I adopted Piper. I love the photo and thought it would make a fantastic tattoo. I am so happy with how this turned out. It looks exactly like the photo. I couldn’t be happier with the end result!”
Allison Salas | Chicago, IL Tattoo artist: Hannah Aitchison at Deluxe Tattoo, Chicago
“I got this tattoo on my arm of my two boys, Baby Jr. and Oliver. They have grown up together and are 10 and 9. I have had them both ever since I moved out on my own, and they’ve been the best companions a girl could ask for. Now I’m married and my husband, formerly not a pet person, adores them as much as I do. I can’t imagine life without them both.”
“My tattoo is in memory of Akhenaten, our very best cat. We only had him for 6 months; we knew he was going to be short-term when we got him as his kidneys were already failing quickly. We loved him so much. I get white pawprint tattoos for each of my pets that pass, but Akhenaten was very special and deserved a special place on my skin. Here is a picture of him snuggling with one of our dogs. You can see how awesome he was. The amazing Craig at Mothers Tattoo drew for 2 hours before I was ready. I love the image so much, and hope you enjoy it.”
Nancy Nelson, Ames, IA Tattoo studio: The Asylum, Ames, IA
“I have a “cattoo” that I got last summer. It is of Baker, my soul mate, travel companion, lover of everyone (2- and 4-legged). I lost him 5-6-08 and I still miss him every day.
The tattoo was done at The Asylum in Ames, IA. I can’t remember the artist’s name. I just remember he loved his car and he was a cat lover, who was looking to get a Bengal (amazing the things you remember).
The tattoo is even more “special” as less than a week after getting it, it sent me to the hospital for 3 days and then another week off work. Don’t think I’ll ever know whether it was an infection or some sort of allergic reaction. I hold no ill will to the tattoo shop, in fact – after I talk to my doctor – I need to get a little bit of the tattoo touched up.”
Diana Young Gomez | Los Angeles, CA Tattoo artist: Mojo Foster
“Attached is the pic of my tattoo that I got as a tribute to my cat Julie (1988 – 2006). I got the tattoo in 2004. The artist is Mojo Foster. At the time, he was tattooing at a studio in Pasadena, CA called Incognito. He is currently at High Voltage (of LA Ink fame). I’ve attached the black & white photo of Julie that I gave to Mojo to base the tattoo on. I’ve also attached a pic of Julie as a kitten with me at age 19. She very sadly left my world a couple of weeks after my 37th birthday. I’ve attached the last pic of her taken with me in front of my bday cake. She was the constant in my crazy life of formative years living in Los Angeles. Through many living changes, roommate/boyfriend changes, moves, living in LA…then briefly back to NJ…and then back to LA…she was my best friend through it all. We had a bond I know I’ll never have again. I have loved all my kitties since but I know this relationship is untouchable and one I will cherish forever. She was my first tattoo and I am proud to have her with me for the rest of my life.”