You can just feel the love between the People and their Pits!
It’s so easy to stereotype both people and dogs based on their appearance.
This moving Portfolio by Nashville, Tennessee-based photographer Brian Batista seeks to combat stereotypes that all rescue animals are damaged or unable to be adopted due to trauma or abuse. But this project is so much more than just another rescue advocacy medium, he says that he also noticed a major parallel with rescue animals and people with tattoos facing prejudices.
This story from Huffington Post definitely falls into the heart-warming category…
A couple of years ago, Nashville, Tennessee-based photographer Brian Batista started taking pictures of rescue dogs with tattooed humans — and not just because they look decidedly awesome together.
He’d started “seeing the correlation” between how people treat homeless animals — especially those dogs whose heads have a certain kind of blocky shape — and how they treat folks who sport a lot of ink.
“Some of the things people would say when they would see a heavily tattooed person walking with a pit bull for example were just absolutely ridiculous,” says Batista. “They would have memorial tattoos of family members, art they loved, tattoos that tell stories of their lives and be walking with the happiest dogs you have ever seen. And people would yell at them saying ‘That dog is a killer! Stay away from my family!'”
Batista, on the other hand, sees something different: He sees people who want to help these animals so much, they literally wear that love on their sleeve — or sometimes on other parts of their bodies:
In the 2 1/2 years since the Tattoos & Rescues series got started, Batista — who has a couple of rescue pups of his own but, a little ironically, no tattoos — hasn’t run out of dogs or humans to shoot. Goals include putting out a book and expanding his model lineup to include cats, birds, reptiles and other non-canines.
His first shoot of the year, all that said, is of a gorgeous pit bull named Lilly, who was recently named the 2015 face of Pit Bull Advocates of the United States, with her adoptive dad Steve Lawrence.
Lilly’s loving, inked humans became dog advocates soon after adopting Lilly and discovering the world of prejudice surrounding their wiggling, affectionate bundle of love. Lawrence’s wife, Misty, tells The Huffington Post that the smack of this prejudice came along with some harsh criticism she’d already encountered as part of an interracial couple.
Misty says she loves the photos — and only in part because they help make a statement against the various kinds of hostilities her family encounters.
“I feel like they really show the love between a man and his dog,” she says.
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