The Brooklyn tattoo artist who caused a stir this week after it was revealed that he tattooed his dog will no longer be working at the Prospect Heights tattoo shop, the owner says.
According to Gothamist, Red Legged Devil tattoo shop owner Chris Torres revealed that the artist, Mistah Metro, is no longer an employee. Torres told DNAinfo that Metro—or Alex Avgerakis, as he's known as he's know around the shop—"said his dog was under anesthesia and he was going back to the vet to put a tattoo on him." Torres added that he hasn't seen Alex since he grabbed his machine and exited the studio.
Despite the backlash that Alex has received for tattooing the animal, Torres credited him for being an animal lover. "He's a nice kid. It obviously wasn't well thought out," he confessed. "He spent thousands and thousands on the dog to keep him in good health. He cared for it like an old person in an old home."
UPDATE: According to the New York Post, Avgerakis quit. "He quit. He texted me yesterday and told me he was going to lay low for a while. I’m not protesting that. I can’t have him back here," Torres told the Post.