When a loved one passes away it’s nice to have something to remember them by, and there are plenty of options these days for tributes. Outside of traditional burial or cremation, your body can be composted for a tree, wrapped in a mushrooms suit or turned into a jewel; but now there is another option, having your tattooed skin preserved and framed.
Morticians Michael Sherwood and his son Kyle came up with the business idea of removing and preserving tattooed skin after a family friend wondered if it might be possible for himself.
“With the art in tattoos and how much they mean to people, why not keep them after they die? People put ashes in urns on mantels and visit stones with their loved one’s names on them. Why not keep their tattoos as a memorial?”
And that is the story of how Save My Ink Forever was born. The process takes about three to four months with the bereaved receiving a “parchment-like” piece of skin in a framed as artwork with pricing varying by size. As you can imagine, they’ve received a bit of criticism but they brush it off, saying, “It’s the family we care about – who am I to say how they should remember their loved one? Most super conservative people disagree with tattoos in general and have no idea what they mean to people.”
Save My Ink Forever does have a few rules though, professional tattoos only, they won’t preserve tattooed skin from the face or intimate areas of the deceased, and they will continue to refuse requests for human skin lampshades and book covers,”We are helping families and fulfilling their last wishes,” says Kyle. “We are not trying to create a freak show.”daily star]