Ben recalls wandering off one day when he was four years old. He was up in Wells, Maine with his family and no one knew where he'd gone.
Fortunately for Ben, someone did know: the family cat. A la Lassie, the feline led his parents straight to Ben, who was sitting under a tree, munching on blueberries.
To this day, Ben regards this as a crucial moment in his life when he was saved by the cat.
He collaborated with Brendan Rowe at Pins and Needles Tattoo in Portland, Maine to come up with a commemorative tattoo to honor this animal:
Brendan is now working out of Unbreakable Tattoo is Studio City, California.
The tree nearby on his left forearm, was inked, in part, to complement the cat:
It is, however, also a nod to Gustav Klimt's "Tree of Life".
Not an imitation, but a variation.
Thanks to Ben for sharing these tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!