As I sat in the tattoo parlor lobby a few years ago, nervously waiting to get my first ink, I flipped through the pages of one of the artists’ portfolio books and came across a tattoo of a very realistically drawn cat portrait with a banner underneath it that simply said “2005 – 2007.” I remember kind of laughing to myself and thinking, “Wow, that cat must have been pretty amazing to have secured a permanent spot on its owners arm after being around for only two years.”
I realize now that pet tattoos* are way more common than I ever imagined. Most of the ones out there are pretty tame, but then there are others that take it to a whole new level of weird. Here are just a few of the strangest pet tattoos, in no particular order.
*Pet tattoos meaning tattoos of animals, on people. Not to be confused with the controversial new trend that involves actually tattooing your pet.
This tattoo has so much weirdness going on I’m not even sure where to begin…
I wonder if this “fur baby” is one of those dogs that’s spoiled enough to get its own doggy hot tub.
She’s totally judging this person’s decision to go through with this tattoo.
Let’s be honest: if your dog looked up at you with a smile like this and asked you to please tattoo his/her face on your body, you probably wouldn’t be able to say no either.
I’m not quite sure how to define that look this cat is making, but I do know he’s staring directly into my soul with those eyes.
I’m hoping maybe a young child lovingly designed this tattoo for their mom or dad. If not, it’s just kind of sad. Buddy deserves better.
At first glance I was like, “oh how sweet, one big happy dog family!” But then I noticed the sad half-a-dog hanging out by himself over to the left. Poor thing even got (mostly) cropped out of the photo.
I wonder if Keyboard Cat’s biggest fan is still happy this will be on his body “4 life.”
I bet this person is always getting comments from strangers like, “Awww…what an adorable killer hamster you have on your arm!”
Mostly, I just really love that this dog is named “Cupcake.”
This one is so over-the-top ridiculous it’s actually pretty awesome.
And this one brings up so many questions. Like why is only one side of the mouth complete? Why are the eyes different colors? Why would anyone permanently put this on their body? Just…why?
Apparently this person wasn’t ashamed to show the world that she inflicted this horrible haircut upon her innocent dog.
The tongue placement here was either an accident or an attempt at being funny. Either way, it’s just gross.
…But not as gross as this (I’m so sorry; it cannot be unseen).