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Vegan artist has 40,000 tattoos
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An artist has gone to incredible lengths to raise awareness for the vegan cause. Alfredo Meschi has 40,000 tattoos – one for every animal killed each second at the hands of humans.

The thought-provoking vegan activist had each and every black cross inscribed with vegan ink drawn on his skin within just one year.

The striking Italian is often photographed completely naked to show off his passionate acknowledgement of the death of thousands of animals.

He offers experiential workshops and performs daring exhibitions as he tours Italy with his wife.

In an interview with Magzter, Meschi described himself as an ‘artivist’ – someone who ‘uses their artistic talents to oppose injustice and oppression’.

“All over the planet, artivists are engaged in the social justice and environmental movements, and they’re fighting for animal rights too,” he said.

“I express my art through my body, and my activism through my bodily involvement and emotional communication of my performances.”

Meschi believes that each time someone stops and looks at him, asks what the tattoos symbolise, or starts a conversation about animal rights – he achieves something.

He was born in Livorno in 1968, and has spent most of his career working for social causes.

He’s also now an author of many books supporting equality for animals and humans alike.

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Yesterday was the first sunny and really warm day of spring in Tuscany. For me, it starts the period of the year when I can openly mourn the loss of our animal companions. Through public performances, peaceful vigils, bearing witness, I will offer my body to people's attention, I will try to comunicate to their skin… 40,000 Xs, every second counts. Photo by Francesca Truddaiu #everysecondcounts #untillallarefreenooneisfree #antispeciesesistartivism #stopanimalholocaust #alfredomeschix #40000x #byanymediumnecessary #misothery #antispeciesism #animalliberation #untilallarefree #24/7 #veganactivist #vegantattoo #artivism #artivismo #tatuaggiovegan #alfredomeschi #fishfeelfear #fff #pesciprovanopaura #ppp #totheanonymoustrillion #fishismurder #thankyou #keeponfighting #intheblinkofaneye

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Meschi’s vegan awakening came relatively recently. His father was a hunter and used to take him on expeditions as a child, but Meschi lived much of his life as a vegetarian before turning vegan in 2014.

He has also posted on social media about his frustration at fishing in his local Italian region of Tuscany.

“Summer is already here, in Tuscany, and the fishing nightmare is becoming more visible. Will you join me in fighting this? STOP FISHING SENTIENT BEINGS. FISH FEEL FEAR. FISH FEEL PAIN. FISH FEEL! FISH IS MURDER,” he wrote.

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Stefano and Manuela met last year during an anti-war march. She rescued him after the smoke of a tear gas was choking him, she squeezed a lemon into his throat to free his breathing. Then they lost in the chaos of the day, to find themselves only months after randomly googling and just as casually discovering they both were also tattoo artists. They tattooed each other, a small lemon, and fell in love… Thanks Stef, thanks Manu. Photo by Francesca Truddaiu. #stefano_cabula #fullbodytattoo #alloppressionsareconnected #nomorewar #veganactivism #alfredomeschi #vegantattoo #tattoo #artivism #40000x #artivismoantispecista #antispeciesism #animalliberation #untillallarefree #stopanimalholocaust #artivism #artivismo #tatuaggiovegan #2017vegan

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Few weeks ago KJ2, a female bear, was murdered inside an italian national park by the park police, just because she was behaving like a mother should. The majority of the local population wasn't even disturbed by this event. I did this "Crime scene" photo installation in the same area, to bear witness, to not stay silent, to speak out our hypocrisy. Untill we will consider an Animal murder as an human murder, no one Bear, Wolf, Deer, Fox… can be safe even in nature sanctuaries. STOP KILLING MY PEOPLE! Photo by @massimo.giovannini #jk2 #shameonitaliangovernment #shameontrento #stopkillingmypeople #untillallarefreenooneisfree #antispeciesesistartivism #alfredomeschix #40000x #byanymediumnecessary #misothery #antispeciesism #animalliberation #untilallarefree #stopanimalholocaust #veganactivist #vegantattoo #artivism #artivismo #tatuaggiovegan #2017vegan #veganartivism #someonenotsomething #bodyart #projectx #alfredomeschi

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Last weekend, at the Florence Tattoo Convention, I had this scarification: one X on my fingerprint. It is part of a new artivism project (I will show you as soon as it will be healed). And yes, it was painful, much more painful than the 40,000 Xs tattoos. But while I was in pain, it was enough for me to think about the unbelievable amount of pain that trillions of Animals are suffering due to our cruelty and to the fact that I will fight for them with my art 24/7. Please, join the Animal Liberation's struggle… Scarification by @maxartmod, original photo by Alex Van Dutch Thank you so much guys! #projectxcollectiveartivism #becomeanartivist #everysecondcounts #alfredomeschix #40000x #untilallarefree #animalliberation #stopkillingmypeople #antispeciesesistartivism #byanymediumnecessary #misothery #antispeciesism #stopanimalholocaust #veganactivist #vegantattoo #artivism #artivismo #tatuaggiovegan #2017vegan #veganartivism #someonenotsomething #bodyart #untillallarefreenooneisfree #fff #fishfeelfear #fishismurder @florencetattooconvention #worldtattooevents #florencetattooconvention #projectx #alfredomeschi

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Published by Oli Gross

Oli Gross is a writer and editor at Totally Vegan Buzz. His background is in local newspaper and magazine journalism, and his work has included reporting court cases, celebrity interviews, business analysis, food and drink features and government legislation. Oli’s career and personal ethical values both help shape his reporting of the diverse world of veganism. At Totally Vegan Buzz he specialises in breaking news and features on animal rights activism. Follow him on Twitter @Oli_Gross12

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