Rescue Ink: Tough Softies Who Help Abused Animals

They may look like tough hellraisers, but these tattooed bikers are just big softies. Here's the story of Rescue Ink and their quest to save abused animals:

THEY met on the local hot rod scene. They saw one another at tattoo conventions around the area, comparing bikes. They looked like heavies, a band of Hells Angels, with nicknames equally tough: Mike Tattoo, Big Ant, Johnny O, Batso, Sal, Angel, Des.

They meant no harm. Clad in leather, inked to the hilt in skulls and dragons, with images of bloodied barbed wire looped about their necks, they shared something else — a peculiar tenderness for animals, and the intensity needed to act on the animals’ behalf when people abuse them.

“I’m a vegetarian,” said Mike Tattoo (real name Mike Ostrosky), a former bodybuilding champion with a shaved head, great arms covered in art and a probing clarity in his blue eyes. “And Big Ant has in his backyard three guinea pigs, a couple of rabbits, birds, cats — and fish everywhere. But just because a person has tattoos, they wouldn’t come running with us.”

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(Photo: Librado Romero / The New York Times)


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i think you guys are the greatest these poor animals need a voice you are the best guys for the job you are truly heros in my book thank you and god bless
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I am so grateful for you men and the wonderful work you are doing for the animals who suffer at the hands of humans, God Bless you and keep you safe. I would like to make a donation to you and your rescue efforts, please e-mail me the address I can send this to. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing what you do, I also love animals, and totally applaud what you are doing. Keep up the good work men, we love you for what you do!!!
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Peeves is dead on with that remark. You can see a very good approximation of one's character by how they view, regard and treat animals. If I go out on a date and the other doesn't go "aww!" when a really cute puppy is being walked or even gets annoyed that I want to pet it... Might as well call the date finished.
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