Some people still have way too much time (and money) on their hands. They are flocking to celebrity dog groomer Jorge Bendersky to have temporary tatoos stenciled onto their dogs.
To “tattoo” a dog, Bendersky and other groomers typically start off by filling in a stencil with canine-safe glue. Next, they add dog-friendly glitter and, sometimes, pre-packed designs with rhinestones.
These designs, which cost approximately $100, are most often placed on dogs’ hips or tailbone, making the placement analogous to a lower back tattoo on a person.
“It’s all about the tramp stamp,” Bendersky said.
Here’s what some owners have to say about why they do this to their dogs:
6. “In the summer, they cut the dogs’ hair short, so you’ve got to supplement the glamour.”
5. “It’s grown immensely — even people in remote Iowa do it.”
4. “I go to a lot of events, and people dress up their dogs in expensive outfits, and it was something I could do to make my dog stand out that wasn’t that expensive.” [Ed. note: It costs about $100.]
3. “Sometimes, my dog and I dress in the same color if we’re going to a red carpet event. During the summer, it’s just too hot to have him wearing outfits like that … The tattoo is a good option.”
2. “Dogs are like humans, and when they accessorize they get attention. A pink dog does not know it’s pink, but when people are smiling and taking pictures, it gets attention … So, a dog likes to get tattoos.”
1. “It’s all about the tramp stamp.”