You won't believe the meaning behind this man's 40,000 tattoos

Meet Alfredo Meschi, a 51-year-old activist from Italy. He's ornamented with 40,000 identical X tattoos for one inspiring reason—to illustrate the number of animals killed every second. 

Photo by Sara Morena Zanella.

Photo by Sara Morena Zanella.

Meschi explained his reasoning for this permanent body art statement to Cafébabel, sharing:

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In addition to using his body as a prop for political performance, Meschi also tours the world sharing his message as an anti-speciesist activist in art galleries and museums—including posing nude in a cow mask at the Kuenstlerhaus Dortmund art gallery in Germany.

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