Tattoo preservation – you can now keep the inked skin of a deceased loved one

Save My Ink Forever turns inked skin of a deceased loved one into artwork (Photo: Save My Ink Forever/Facebook)
Save My Ink Forever turns inked skin of a deceased loved one into artwork (Photo: Save My Ink Forever/Facebook)

Tattoo preservation is just like keeping ashes in an urn – only, in this case, it’s framed like a piece of art.

Save My Ink Forever is a mortuary based in Cleveland in the US that allows you to keep the tattoos of a late loved one using a parchment-like preservation method, The Mirror reports.

The unconventional memorial service was established by father and son funeral directors Michael and Kyle Sherwood, who share an immeasurable love for tats.

The preservation process needs to take place within 72 hours of the person’s death, according to Metro.

It involves the tattoo being removed or excised from the body.

The process, which is estimated to take three to four months to complete, doesn’t interfere with the traditional viewing or cremation.

After the completion of the lengthy treatment process, which costs about $1 000-$1 600 (R14 500-R32 200), the preserved piece is matched with a frame that best suits the ink work and fitted with UV glass.

Earlier this year Cheryl Wenzel from Saskatoon, Canada, made headlines after she asked the Sherwoods to turn her late husband Chris’ tattoos into works of art, BBC reported.

After years of struggling with inflammatory bowel disease, tattoo lover Chris died in 2018 of heart failure aged 41. Before his death he’d requested that his arm and back tats be surgically removed and framed.

“When my husband passed away, half of me passed away with him,” Cheryl recalled.

“I didn’t know what to do. I just knew he wanted this preservation done. I had to set aside my own emotion to get this part done.”

 (Photo: Save My Ink Forever/Facebook)

Sources: BBC, Mirror, Metro


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