ALDF T-shirts & Animal-Loving Tough Guys Sport TatsPosted by Lisa Franzetta, ALDF's Director of Communications on October 14th, 2008
In late August, the time of year I can conjure nights spent outside as a teenager shouting with friends and feeling the steam creep off of Manhattan sidewalks, The New York Times published a story about an unexpected breed of New York denizens. “Heaven’s Angels” told the tale of a gang of animal-loving, tattooed bikers who go by the name Rescue Ink and put their substantial muscle and, presumably, their not-insubstantial powers of intimidation into protecting the city’s animals from abuse. It’s such a heartwarming feature, and even if you don’t have time to read it, I really suggest you at least check out the corresponding slideshow “Tough Guys with Puppies” where you’ll see, among other “awww” inducing sights, a 74-year old biker named Batso with a tattooed face, snuggling with a pit bull puppy.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund is also getting in on the ink-for-animals act this month, with some fun new designs available at our online Café Press store. The three new designs were hand drawn by local tattoo artist Lewis Gold, and include our “Lover, Not a Fighter” rooster, a lovely sparrow holding up the “Animal Legal Defense Fund” banner, and, for the kids (human and canine), an “Always Innocent” puppy making mischief in a Radio Flyer wagon.
Whether you’re a tatted-up animal advocate yourself, or just looking for a satisfyingly subversive gift for your nieces and nephews, check out our new designs—and let us know what you think!