Laura Gretch | San Francisco, CA Tattoo Artist: Dannyboy Smith at Let It Bleed Tattoo, San Francisco
The fabulous Laura Gretch (remember her from our team cattoo feature on the SFSPCA?) is adding to her ink with a special tattoo marking her as a proponent of TNR, or Trap-Neuter-Return. TNR is the most effective and humane way to deal with the cat overpopulation problem. Love this tat, Laura!
To learn more about TNR and to find resources in your area, please visit Alley Cat Allies. If you are already a proponent of TNR and want to delve further into the issues surrounding it, please visit Vox Felina.
Alyssa | Kansas City, MO Tattoo artist: Brian Wang, Kansas City MO
“I’ve worked in animal welfare for 4 years and I adopted the love of my life in October 2010. His name is Henry Fritzgerald, an orange maine coone mix. I wanted to get something that not only symbolized my love and affection for Henry, but also my bleeding heart for all animals. Therefore, the anatomically correct feline heart only seemed right.”
“I got my cattoo as a reminder of my drive to find forever homes for homeless cats. The cat in the picture was a cat who was up for adoption at the shelter where I volunteer. She has since found her forever home. Her name was Jellybean and her green eyes were the inspiration for the cattoo.”
Renee Anderson | West Valley City, Utah Tattoo artist: Haylo at Art On You Studios, Magna, Utah
“My tattoo is a portrait of my cat, Sahara. She’s 6 years old and we’ve had her for two years now. We rescued her from a pretty horrible shelter where she was free to roam amongst other cats and dogs. She was taken into the shelter when her owner (who used her for a breeding cat) became ill and could no longer take care of all his cats. She was very skittish when we got her, but she has warmed up to the family and now even tolerates one our other cats. She’s quite vocal and wants to be noticed.
The tattoo was done in three sessions, and will have one more to finish some more whites and add a pumpkin behind her name. We gave her a witch hat and a Victorian collar as Halloween is our favorite holiday, and the theme to our tattoo shop. This portrait of Sahara was the first color animal portrait that Haylo did, and she did an exceptional job! I’m very proud to carry my Sahara with me on my arm every day!”