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When an individual passes away, it’s common for the people in his or her life to hold on to keepsakes that remind them of their friend or family member. But what if you could allow your friends and loved ones to hold on to your tattoos once you’ve passed away? You can now obtain this […]
But what if you could allow your friends and loved ones to hold on to your tattoos once you’ve passed away?
You can now obtain this morbid memento thanks to a new, aptly-named nonprofit called the National Association for the Preservation of Skin Art (NAPSA).
According to a Sept. 16 Cleveland Scene article, the organization removes people’s tattoos from their bodies once they have died, and preserve it in an appropriately handsome frame. In doing so, the organization helps keep beautiful pieces of artwork alive even after their bearers have passed.
“All my tattoos have meaning to me,” Founder Charles Hamm said. “That’s true for most people, too. Tattoos are much more acceptable today in the mainstream. And they’re much more artistic.”
Hamm, who also co-owns Square City Tattoos in Chardon, OH, said NAPSA has already seen huge response from people looking to preserve their body art.
“Our guys are booked out for six months,” he said.
Preserving a tattoo after death is a fairly simple process. Once NAPSA receives notification that a member has passed (which must be done within 18 hours of the death), the organization sends a package to the person’s funeral home. The package contains all the tools needed to cut and ship the tattoos back to NAPSA, Refinery29.com reported.
NAPSA only has a few restrictions for members, who pay a membership activation fee of $115 and an annual renewal fee of $60. No face or genital tattoos are permitted, Hamm explained. Additionally, hand tattoos might be turned down if the individual has an open-casket funeral.
But with more than 20% of adults across the U.S. having at least one tattoo, the concept might not be as far-fetched as it initially seems.
Our tattoos are a way to set ourselves apart and put our individuality on display. They are the most permanent physical manifestation of what makes us unique. Why not allow these pieces of art to live on once we’ve reached the end of our lives?
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