Man gets matching tattoo with his dog
When getting a matching tattoo with somebody, the most important thing to ensure is that your ink-twin means a lot to you. For many people, this means getting a tat with their spouse or significant other, but others might choose to share a design with a close relative, or sometimes even a friend. And what better friend is there than a dog?
A recent Facebook post by a man who got a matching tattoo with his four-legged friend has gone viral for all the wrong reasons after it was shared on Reddit. It said,
'For those of you who know Bear know that he has a tattoo given to him from some previous owners. It sickens me to know that people actually tattoo their pets. So tonight, I got his tattoo.'
Accompanying the post was two pictures: one of the dog, who has a tattoo at the top of his inner thigh, and one of the unnamed man, who has the same design freshly emblazoned on his inner arm. So far, not too much to get upset about - in fact, I'd say it was actually a really nice sentiment.
However, as well as being certain about who you want to get a matching tattoo with, you should also make yourself aware of what the tattoo actually means. Now, I can't be certain of this, but - judging by the way his post was worded - it seems as if this guy had no idea what the symbol on his dog actually represented.
Luckily, his friends were quick to point it out in the comments.
"That means he's neutered! My rescue female has one, too! Makes a cool story though!" wrote one friend.
"Are you neutered too? Lmao," wrote another, less considerate, pal.
His humiliation then continued over to Reddit, where the post is currently sitting on nearly 24,000 points and over a thousand comments in the 'cringepics' sub.
"Lol, I should get that tat myself for the anniversary of my vasectomy!" wrote one user.
"It's literally the symbol for 'male' with the balls crossed out lol," said another.
It seemed as if this poor dog owner's ridiculing could go no further... but then Twitter joined the party:
However, since going viral, the dog owner has revealed himself to be Chris Mendiola, a 26-year-old from Texas. He adopted Bear way back in 2010, and says he has no regrets about his tattoo. In fact, he's also claiming that he knew exactly what he was doing all along.
"We talked to our vet about the tattoo. I knew what it meant," said Mendiola. That doesn't really explain why he thought the dog was marked by "previous owners", but ok, whatever you say Chris. He isn't fazed judgement anyway, adding that, "[People] can believe and say what they want, but the tattoo is not for them, it’s for me."
Well, whether you buy his story or not, you have to admit that it's still a sweet thing to do. Personally, I'd have gone with a portrait of the dog, but, you know, whatever floats your boat.