Some people say they are dangerous. Others think they can be unreliable and even violent.
But who are they exactly?
According to Nashville, Tennessee-based photographer Brian Batista, rescue animals and tattooed people often face the same negative stereotypes. Both are perceived as marginal groups of society: rescued dogs as traumatized, vicious animals unfit for a safe, loving home, people with lots of ink as unprofessional "thugs."
To fight these demeaning prejudices, Batista started his ongoing project "Tattoos & Rescues" where he takes portraits of rescued dogs and the tattooed people who saved them.
Ty and Sarge
Batista says the idea was born after one of his friends was fired for getting a visible tattoo on his neck.
"One of my friends got a memorial tattoo on his neck for his 4 year old son that died. He was fired the next day for having this tattoo which was showing his love for his son with art and self expression," Batista writes on his website.
The photographer refers to such false judgement as bullying and says it needs to be stopped immediately.
"Not all visibly tattooed people are in hate groups, just like not all pit bulls are vicious," Batista says.
Catfish, Erin and Handsome Hank
Richard and Major
Ami and Dexter
Jeremy, Newton and Mathilda
Charlie and Django
Steffen, Chesty and Star
Batista invites people to support their local animal rescue and advocacy groups and learn more about the rescued animals' physical or mental health. He thinks we shouldn't be so quick to make assumptions, in general.
"Ask a person why they have the tattoo before you judge them," Batista writes in his project description.
Like this article? Click the share buttons below!