Target: Alexander Avgerakis, Brooklyn-based tattoo artist
Goal: Condemn tattoo artist for giving his dog a tattoo while she was under anesthesia after an operation
Recently, Brooklyn-based tattoo artist Alexander Avgerakis, or Mistah Metro, posted a photo of his dog, Zion, to Instagram. The dog was under anesthesia after a surgery to have her spleen removed with a fresh heart-shaped tattoo on her shoulder that reads “Alex” and “Mel”, short names for the tattoo artist and his wife Melanie. The veterinarian that performed the spleen-removal allowed Mistah Metro to tattoo his dog while she was still under anesthesia.
Anesthetizing an animal is an extremely delicate procedure, and it carries a strong risk of death or injury if prolonged or carried out improperly. Keeping an animal under anesthesia for any longer than necessary, especially for such a vain and impractical reason, is simply cruel and inhumane. Zion, a Pitbull mix, was already ill and so the procedure was just that more dangerous, causing the further pain and weakness of a healing tattoo to an already sick and vulnerable dog.
While vets and the ASPCA frequently tattoo animals following spaying or neutering, this is an extremely minimal procedure done for the animal’s welfare. These tattoos are not a useless vanity that the animal can neither consent to nor appreciate and they do not cover a large patch of skin that must heal slowly, with careful maintenance, over a period of time, like the tattoo pictured on Mistah Metro’s Instragram photo. Alexander Avgerakis has currently quit his job at Red Legged Devil tattoo parlor in Prospect Heights after backlash from animal rights activists.
Please sign this petition to condemn Brooklyn tattoo artist Mistah Metro for the cruel treatment of his dog and vow to never frequent his place of business, Red Legged Devil tattoo shop.
Dear Alexander Avgerakis,
Recently, your dog underwent a medical procedure to have her spleen removed. The dog needed to be put under anesthesia, an extremely delicate and high-risk medical procedure. You decided that while his dog lay unconscious and vulnerable, it would be an excellent time for you to practice your tattooing on a helpless animal, adding to her physical injury and healing time.
Vanity tattoos are not appropriate for animals. You, as a tattoo artist, should be aware of the risks involved with getting and giving a tattoo. You deliberately put the animal under your care in serious danger, for your own vanity. A dog is not a personal toy, and you cannot injure an already weak and vulnerable animal for your own enjoyment without consequences.
I will never visit any place that you work, and I will be sure to dissuade everyone I know from ever paying you for any tattooing services. You should be ashamed of your actions and stop defending them immediately.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Dante Alighieri via Wikimedia Commons