Towards the end of 2012, while scavenging through trash dumped  along Train Avenue looking for items to repurpose into art, Cleveland tattoo and visual artist – Sean Jason Kelly, makes a gruesome discovery of a dead dog found in a garbage bag along this forgotten road.

After continuously finding more, Sean starts to cremate them to respect their life, so they don’t get picked up by the city and dumped in a landfill. As the jars of ashes begins to accumulate, he then decides to incorporate their ashes into his art to tell their stories.

This documentary film, Train Ave, is a River Fire Films production, directed by Jeff Theman, which tells the story about an artist and his heartfelt act of compassion towards the dogs of Train Avenue, while also examining social issues in underserved parts of town “on the wrong side of the tracks”.

the artist

Sean Jason Kelly is a tattoo and visual artist living and working in Cleveland, Ohio. A tattooist by trade with over 15 years of experience, he works with variety of different canvases and materials to create his brand of art. 

Sean has participated in numerous community awareness and fundraising initiatives, including – St. Clair-Superior Development Corporation‘s “Year of the Zodiac Project“; Slavic Village Development‘s “Rooms To Let“; Friends of the Cleveland Kennel‘s (FOCK) “Art Fur Animals“; and more.

Follow him on Instagram: @seanjasonkellyart

the dogs

WARNING: This is the only image we will display of an actual dog found along Train Avenue. In other words, this is as graphic as it’s going to get for this documentary film.

the road


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