by Eve Lacroix

When travelling to a new place you know to anticipate that things are not the same as at home— and you will discover in which way quickly enough. This could mean hearing a new language, covering your head and shoulders when entering a place of worship, or drinking a different type of coffee. You may learn to point your feet away from the statue of the Buddha, eat with a fork and spoon, greet people with a kiss on the cheek, or even expect incoming traffic on a different side of the road. Keeping in mind all the differing customs helps to properly respect the historical, spiritual and cultural significance of landmarks, locations, or places of faith.

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by Jess Howard 

Last month an image appeared on my Facebook news feed of a heavily tattooed cat. Completely fake, of course, the image accompanied a blog post about the ethical and artistic implications of animal body art. It raised a significant issue. Is tattooing pets a sign of creativity, or cruelty, on the part of the owner?

Searching through Google, many news stories feature pet owners being vilified for inking their animals. An online petition to make the practice illegal has amassed over 180,000 signatures, and it has already been banned in the state of New York. However I was unable to find any direct statements regarding the legality of the process in the UK.

The featured blog post predominately focused on two artists — Ernesto Rodriguez, from North Carolina, and Mistah Metro, an artist from Brooklyn. Rodriguez inked his Pit bull in his basement studio, whilst Metro tattooed his pet whilst the animal was sedated having undergone surgery.Continue Reading