When I searched for “pet tattoos,” this wasn’t quite what I had in mind.
We all have that eccentric family friend that has his cat’s face tattooed on his arm (don’t we?!), but I’ve never heard of people getting their pets tattooed. Surprisingly, pet ink is a growing trend. Once reserved exclusively for identification purposes, the practice of tattooing animals has begun to take a more…artistic turn.
Wim Delvoye, for example, is a Belgian artist who moved to China after his pig tattoo project was deemed illegal in Belgium. In the art series, he tattoos sedated pigs and collects their printed skins after their deaths. In the meantime, they’re allowed to live out their lives free from slaughterhouses and the typical living standards that slaughterhouses ensure, and he both names and claims to love each pig. His concept for the project? He was interested in “the idea that the pig would literally grow in value.”
Though I’m a pretty big fan of tattoos on humans, I couldn’t imagine strapping my poor cat down to get inked! What would I even put on him? A portrait of me?
Art, abuse, something else entirely? What do you Lovelies think of getting your pets tattooed?