In 2007 Newfoundland Max was just turning eight years old which is close to the life expectancy for that breed of dog. His owner, 18-year-old Adele, decided that she wanted to remember him forever and chose to go about it in… an unusual way. She took a print of his paws and had them permanently tattooed just above her breasts. Thus, the following was created:
The design cost a painful £100 and was initially very well received by Adele whose good-hearted intentions are hard to fault. She wanted a way to remember her dog forever and was originally pleased to find that people were often open and inquisitive about them during her time at university.
“…everyone noticed my tattoo, which I loved. I was in the buzz of freshers, always getting my boobs out and showing my tattoos off. I guess it became my ‘thing’,” she said when describing her early experiences of the tattoo.
Except, it didn’t last long.
“Everything became about my boobs and the tattoos, and not about me,” she added, going on to describe the unpleasant remarks people made when they thought she couldn’t hear, and how she acquired the unflattering nickname ‘paw tits’.
Now 28-years-old Adele has been forced to avoid showing any parts of her breast when in public lest she feel utterly humiliated, even in sweltering heat. She often attracts men of a certain nature and openly discusses how the tattoos have negatively impacted her love life and self-esteem. Now, at a cost of £1000 and a waiting time of 18 months, Adele will finally be free of the tattoos via a laser treatment used by experts to remove unwanted ink.
Well, if there’s a lesson here it’s this. Don’t be an idiot, think tattoos out carefully, and try to avoid placing permanent markers of great sentiment next to places which are usually reserved for, uh, “recreation”. No one wants to be reminded of a dead dog mid-motorboat. Same goes for you guys. No girl’s going to be happy to find Henry the Hoover (link| Absolutely have to link to article about guy with henry the hoover on his knob, real essential stuff here) staring back at her after a sensual journey downwards.