Grendel was just tiny, a 6-pound puppy, when she met Mark Lansing Jr. in 1999. Grendel would rest her paws on Lansing’s chest. And while Grendel is gone now, Lansing has reminders of the ritual — he has tattoos of Grendel’s paws inked on his skin. People don’t need flaming skulls or bleeding hearts in reds and yellows if they have stories behind their colors. Lansing, and a small sampling of others in the Capital Region, can explain why designer reds, greens and blues are perfect fits for their bodies.