First stop: Infuse your personal style sensibility with some feline
swagger. Instagram is a top tool for inspiration. The photo-sharing social media app is a treasure trove of kitty-themed eye
candy. If you’ve ever considered inking a cat on your body, this
is the place that will confirm your decision. Plug in the hashtag
#cattatoos and you’ll be bombarded with a mix of artful, crosshatched black and white portraits of felines, vibrant, anime-styled depictions of cartoon cats and even some wild-style geometric and sci-fi inspired tattoos of kitties.
If committing to a cat tattoo seems a little too permanent
for you, venture to your local craft market — or the online
equivalent, Etsy — to pick up artisan cat accoutrements
like tote bags, key chains and art prints. My girlfriend
sourced a ring that features perky cat ear silhouettes on a
recent trip to an art boutique in Philadelphia; I myself have
a cat sticker on the front of my bicycle helmet, right next
to graphics from local breweries and indie record labels. I
suspect I’m not alone in broadcasting my cat obsession to
the world: These days you’ll find a burgeoning clowder of
men proudly referring to themselves as cat daddies while
sporting T-shirts with kittens on them.
While you’re browsing social media for inspiration,
join the millions of cat owners who have set up
Facebook and Instagram accounts devoted to their
own furball. Once you’ve selected your debut picture, use popular hashtags like #catsofinstagram
and #catoftheday to put yourself on the radar of
fellow feline fanciers. Also, think about embracing
your cat’s niche. The unfairly shunned black cats
have their own following — the black_cat_crew
account helps spread the love — while special-needs cat owners find support and inspiration by
tagging photos with their feline’s particular quirk,
like using #tripodcats for three-legged kitties.
Whichever part of the photo-sharing scene you
settle into, play up your kitty’s unique personality
and oddball tendencies to help build a following.
NOT YOUR MOTHER’S CAT PERSON
Actor Anna Baryshnikov
(Manchester by the Sea and
Superior Donuts) has got kit ty
style in the bag.
rocks this feline-inspired headband.