86 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.16
By Jenny Kiefer
Tattoos expressing the bond
between animal and owner.
Pet: Diesel (English bulldog)
Artist: Ben Barnhardt at Five Star Tattoo (2208 Frankfort Ave.)
"Diesel was born in June 2005. He was with me till he passed on
St. Paddy's Day in 2012. Wherever I went, he went. I have a park
by my house and we walked daily. I would take him to Feeders
Supply every Saturday and let him pick out a bone. He loved
baths. Before him, I'd never had anything that was 100 percent
dependent on me. He taught me what unconditional love was. I
got the tattoo because I just wanted to have him close to me."
Pet: Oliver (gray cat)
Artist: Danny Stiles at Triumph Tattoo (964 Baxter Ave.)
"Oliver just constantly reminds me of how I overcame the
difficult stuff. He kind of knew when I was upset. He would come
up and cuddle next to me. Whenever I see him, he's so goofy. I just
wanted to get something that would always remind me of him."