How to celebrate your pet with a tattoo

If you’re anything like us, your dog plays a huge role in your life. They’re your family, the bff who will NEVER break your heart, the roommate you look forward to coming home to. What’s the best way to show your love and devotion? Whether they’re by your side making your life more and more awesome every day or if they’ve said their goodbyes, a tattoo might be for you.

DO
1. Find an artist you trust and whose work you admire.
2. Do your research on the style you’re looking for and share it with your artist.
3. Take your time making decisions – there’s no rush.

DON’T
1. Don’t cut corners with a cheap tattoo.
2. You don’t have to wait until your four-legged friend has passed away.
3. Don’t be shy to ask questions or make changes to your design.


How our team members have honoured their pets with a tattoo
Four of our team members have been inked with images of their dogs (and one special cat!), and they were happy to show them off to our readers.


Carolina

By Ollie
“Rudy is absolutely my ‘heart dog’. We have a very special bond that’s difficult to put into words. She’s taught me so many things since bringing her home as just a tiny puppy curled up on my lap. I wanted to celebrate the love I have for her and in a way, keep her with me forever.”


Tara

By Safwan at Imago Tattoo
“My tattoo was inspired by my ‘heart dog’ Tyson, whom I rescued when I was 18, but also several dogs from the shelter where I worked at the time. So many dogs have impacted my life that it seemed impossible to narrow it down to just one, so I got one I felt represented them all.”


Gen

By Marie Cauchon
“The clingiest, cuddliest, kindest soul, Simon was my ‘heart’ animal, and I miss him very much. He recently passed away, and I always knew I wanted to get a tattoo of him. I wanted something tangible to look at and touch whenever I was thinking of him.”


Charlie

“Scotch is a 12-year-old amstaff. He’s a clumsy boy who’s put a smile on my face every day since he was a puppy. He’s my first dog, and he means so much to me.”

 

Do you have a tattoo of your pet? Dog, cat, whatever, we’d love to see. Tag us @earthrated!