Tattoo artist Mistah Metro, who works at Brooklyn’s Red Legged Devil tattoo shop and appeared on the show NYC Ink, decided to ink his own dog to gain more attention on social media. But he never expected to get this instead.
How everything started? The dog was being sedated for major surgery — removal of spleen, according to Mistah — and Mistah says the vet allowed him to do the deed while the dog was under. Why the vet allowed that, we may never know. Here’s the message Mistah left with the photo:
“One of the many reasons my dog is cooler than yours! She had her spleen removed yesterday and the vet let me tattoo her while she was under.”
We believe the vet should not have let him do that. We think a tattoo does not make a dog cool, either. Mistah thinks different, and he was upset at the overwhelmingly negative reactions to him pushing a needle into his dog many many many many times. According to the New York Daily News, Mistah created another Instagram account to repost the photo and vent a little more:
That wasn’t a good idea either. Soon, that picture vanished as well.
With Mistah off the radar, angry people turned to Mistah’s workplace, Brooklyn’s Red Legged Devil tattoo shop, to vent. Owner Chris Torres said the shop has been “besieged by angry callers — some making death threats,” according to the New York Post.
And now, we find out Mistah quit — and Torres was glad to see him go.
“He quit. He texted me yesterday and told me he was going to lay low for a while. I’m not protesting that. I can’t have him back here,”
He told the Post.
Torres defends the man, but he says that his actions were dumb.
“The guy’s not mean. He’s not an animal abuser. He doesn’t beat animals or tie them up in the cold. He just didn’t think out what he did,”
“He’s a nice kid. It obviously wasn’t well thought out. He spent thousands and thousands on the dog to keep him in good health. He cared for it like an old person in an old home.”
Currently, dog tattooing is not illegal, but this case has prompted a Manhattan politician, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, to try and change that. She’s sponsoring a bill to to ban all animal tattoos and piercings, according to Capital New York.
Rosenthal and her staff assumed Mistah’s tattoo was an anomaly, but they were surprised to find dozens of examples of dog tattooing and piercing online.
“If a person is weighing whether to get a tattoo, they will consider the amount of pain the procedure will cause both during and afterward against the benefits that they will receive from it,” she said in a press release about the bill. “As we all know, animals do not have the capacity to make these decisions, nor can they contextualize that the pain they feel might result in what some might consider beautiful body art; sadly, all they know is the pain.”
Here’s a video of Mistah’s mother-in-law picking up the dog from the vet.