Tattoos usually have sentimental value for people. That is why they would defy the pain and ink elaborate drawings on their skin.
This practice is so prevalent that over the course of a lifetime some people can spend thousands inking their bodies.
But, your tattoo doesn’t have to go with you when you die. Yes. It can still outlive you and stand as your legacy.
One mortician is today offering families the chance to preserve the tattooed skins of their loved ones as a work of art.
Michael Sherwood, from Cleveland, can now turn tattooed skin into fine art, for a fee, of course.
It all started a few years ago when Michael and his son Kyle were having a few drinks with their friends and they got on to the topic of how much tattoos mean to people.
Being the go-to guys for death related questions, one of Michael’s friends told him he would like his tattoo preserved when he passes.
The dad and son team laughed it off at first but when their friend pushed his idea, they began to give it real consideration.
“With the art in tattoos and how much they mean to people, why not keep them after they die?” said Kyle.
“People put ashes in urns on mantles and visit stones with their loved one’s names on them. Why not keep their tattoos as a memorial?”
From bar banter chat over a beer, the ‘Save My Ink Forever’ service was born.
Kyle explained the ‘lengthy process’ takes three to four months and is started within 72 hours of the person’s death, with the tattoo being ‘excised’ at the funeral home.
They say the process doesn’t interfere with traditional viewing or cremation and is done with the usual standard of dignity and respect.
They however said that they don’t work on face and genital tattoos.