The TATTOOS & RESCUES project began in September 2012 in Birmingham, Alabama.  The project seeks to combat stereotypes that all rescue animals are damaged or unable to be adopted due to trauma or abuse.  But this project is so much more than just another rescue advocacy medium, I also noticed a major parallel with rescue animals and people with tattoos facing prejudices.  One of my friends got a memorial tattoo on his neck for his 4 year old son that died.  He was fired the next day for having this tattoo which was showing his love for his son with art and self expression.  This is nothing short of bullying, it's not fair and needs to be stopped.  Not all visibly tattooed people are in hate groups, just like not all pit bulls are vicious.  Support your local animal rescue and advocacy groups before judging the animals.  Ask a person why they have the tattoo they do before you judge them.  "Get Educated.  Get Involved.  Make A Difference."
 
While there are several pit bulls featured in TATTOOS & RESCUES the project is all inclusive and I hope to include many different types of animals in the future.  I have heard abuse and prejudice stories from all over the U.S. involving horses, birds, dogs, cats and snakes just to name a few.  This project is listed as a WORK IN PROGRESS and will likely continue until I can't photograph for it any longer.
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I have met some incredible people while shooting these photos and some even more incredible animals.  The things that they have seen and been through are some of the most heart-wrenching yet inspiring stories you will ever hear.  TATTOOS & RESCUES is a labor of love for me because these stories need to be told.  You will never hear how bad a situation is from a manager, you will hear it from the people in the trenches, DOING THE WORK.  I am beyond honored to share these rescue stories with you and I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy bringing and sharing them with the world.  Thank you very much for your interest in TATTOOS & RESCUES.
Click the video above for a behind the scenes look at "Handsome" Hank's Tattoos & Rescues photo shoot
Do you have a great rescue story? Have you ever been judged because of your appearance with tattoos or other body modifications? Contact us and you could be featured in a TATTOOS & RESCUES photo/video shoot!
 
Watch Brian & Abby on HLN's The Daily Share discussing TATTOOS & RESCUES

TATTOOS & RESCUES PRESS
TATTOODO: TATTOOS AND RESCUES: RESCUED DOGS AND THEIR TATTOOED OWNERS (08/07/2015)
PERSONARE (Portugal): Series of photos with adopted dogs and tattooed owners wants to end prejudice (06/29/2015)
BOWWOW TIMES: Tattoos And Rescues, A Beautiful Project To Make You See Past The Stereotypes​ (06/12/2015)
CENTERZOO (Italy): 
TATTOOS & Rescues: tattoos, scars and prejudices culled (06/15/2015)
TRUEPASSIONFORPETS: PHOTOS OF RESCUED DOGS AND TATTOOED HUMANS REMIND US TO DITCH STEREOTYPES (05/20/2015)
SAVEMYINK: Photographer explores the connection between rescue animals and people with tattoos (04/01/2015)
DIPLY: Photo Project Squashes Two Stereotypes At Once (04/01/2015)
1ST2NO: Photo Project Squashes Two Stereotypes At Once (04/01/2015)
MY PET MAGAZINE (Brazil): Tattoos against prejudice (03/25/2015)
MOTHER NATURE NETWORK: Photo project demolishes 2 stereotypes at once (03/11/2015)
P3 (Portugal): Dogs and owners with tattoos who saved (03/10/2015)
PIXELISTES (France): Dogs And Tattoos (03/04/2015)
CLICKBLOG (Italy): Brian Batista photographer rescued dogs and masters tattooed against prejudice (03/03/2015)
PETAPIXEL: Portraits of Rescued Dogs and the Tattooed Owners Who Saved Them (03/03/2015)
ARTFIDO: Gorgeous Photos of Rescue Dogs with Their Tattooed Owners (02/26/2015)
HLNTV: This photo project of tats & wagging tails is everything (02/20/2015)
STUPIDDOPE: Dogs & Tats! Tattoos and Rescues By Brian Batista (02/19/2015)
METRO (UK): Tattoos and Rescues proves body art and dogs are a perfect match (02/19/2015)
D'La Repubblica (Italy): The world rejects them and they adopt (02/19/2015)
MY MODERN MET: Touching Photos of Rescue Dogs with Their Tattooed Owners (02/18/2015)
SEAMOSMASANIMALES: Photographer uses his art to fight prejudice homeless animals and tattooed people (02/17/2015)
STONE: Photographer's touching portraits (02/17/2015)
WHITEWOLFPACK: Photographer's touching portraits of rescue dogs with their tattooed owners (02/16/2015)
DAILYMAIL: Tat's my dog! Photographer's touching portraits of rescue dogs (02/16/2015)
HNGN: Rescue Dogs, Tattooed Humans Remind Us To Ditch Stereotypes (02/11/2015)
HOLESINTHENET (Israel): Photos of dogs & the tattooed people who saved them (02/09/2015)
HUFFINGTON POST (Korea): Break the Prejudice (02/07/2015)
THEHYDRANT (Where Dogs Want To Be): Heartwarming Photographs Of Rescued Dogs & Their Tattooed Owners (02/05/2015
LITTLETHINGS.COM: Rescue Dogs & Their Tattooed Owners Pose Together — To Fight Stereotyping (02/05/2015)
HUFFINGTON POST: Moving Photos Of Rescued Dogs And Their Tattooed Humans Remind Us To Ditch Stereotypes (02/03/2015)
PBAUS: Lilly named 2015 Face of Pit Bull Advocates of the United States (01/30/2015)
GoDaddy pulls 2015 Superbowl Ad After Slew of Negative Feedback From Animal Advocates (01/28/2015)
HYPENESS (Brazil): Photographer creates beautiful series with dogs adopted by tattooed people (12/23/2014)
RESOURCE Magazine: TATTOOS AND RESCUES: TEACHING OLD DOGS, AND STEREOTYPES, NEW TRICKS (10/22/2014)
AL.com: Photographer's goal is to change people, animal stereotypes (10/13/2014)
PIT BULL PRINCESS: 2015 Real Men Rescue Pit Bulls Calendar (10/10/2014)
WN.COM: Behind the scenes with "Handsome" Hank (09/26/2013)
INK PUSHERS Magazine: INK PUSHERS #7 Pit Bulls (5/13/2013)