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Leaving your tattoo in your will

by theWhispersOfMySins

I was reading the news and came across an article in the Huffington Post about leaving your tattoo to your loved ones after you die. Yes, you read that right. Quote: “NAPSA — the National Association for the Preservation of Skin Art — launched earlier this month with the aim of helping you pass down your tattoos to your kids, grandkids, and loved ones. It’s no longer a morbid dream. You can have your tattoos removed, preserved and turned into fine art.”

It goes on to say that after you die they need to be notified within 18 hours and a kit is sent out to your loved ones with instructions on cutting out the tattoo (not sure if loved ones do this or funeral home)which must be sent back to NAPSA and after a few months they send back a frame of the preserved skin with tattoo.

So you pay for a kit which you use to cut up your dead loved one to remove part of their skin, send it away, then have it preserved and framed. Something to look at everyday. Not much surprises me anymore but this does. I can’t decided if it is hilarious or disgusting. I guess maybe both but to each their own.

I checked out the website. Its $175 but I think you need to reregister each year at a cost of $60. The only address I found was based in Ohio.


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Trix 10/1/2015 - 7:26 am

‘It’s no longer a morbid dream.’ = Well… 😉

I can see why some people would want to though. If it was something really meaningful.

My brother has lots of tattoos. He has a comedy leg and a horror leg. They would make a lovely display in the living room.

theWhispersOfMySins 10/1/2015 - 7:48 am

A comedy leg and a horror leg? Ok, I admit I am very curious now lol.

Trix 10/1/2015 - 7:55 am

Hehe, they’re all pictures from films. He got a Robin Williams one when he died… his thigh was in the local paper. The horror leg is just disgusting, lol. Pretty gory stuff.

SeeSmith 10/1/2015 - 7:59 am

Oh damn. I was hoping for classic comedy horror… Euripides, Sophocles…

Trix 10/1/2015 - 8:05 am

Not really his thing. I don’t know what the horror leg includes apart from some zombies. I choose to avert my eyes every time he starts a guided tour of it.

Tristeza 10/1/2015 - 7:31 am

I know someone who would probably like this. Idk how I’d feel though, I mean… It’s a lovely (to have part of them with you forever like that), but very morbid idea. I guess I choose to stay with their photographs…

theWhispersOfMySins 10/1/2015 - 7:53 am

I understand the idea behind it. I think tattoos are a wonderful art form and can be very meaningful. But like you, I would prefer photos.

SeeSmith 10/1/2015 - 7:57 am

I miss the olde dayes when we used to have relatives stuffed and mounted.

Great coat racks.

theWhispersOfMySins 10/1/2015 - 8:01 am

That must have taken up alot of space. No wonder they started burning and burying. :p

SeeSmith 10/1/2015 - 8:31 am

We had more coats back then.

theWhispersOfMySins 10/1/2015 - 8:46 am

Ahhh global warming putting an end to that eh? I can’t imagine my relatives stuffed and used as a coatracks. I think my cats would have used them as a scratching posts.

raza 10/1/2015 - 8:08 am

…no thanks. I’ll pass.

disgusting 10/1/2015 - 9:00 am

Gross. And a rip off. You have to pay yearly for a future service? I love my tatts but I don’t want cut up and weird shit done to my body. Just cremate me and mix my ashes with my cats’ ashes.

mysteriousvisitor 10/1/2015 - 10:22 am

In the movie Dog Soldiers, this military guy talks about how his buddy was blown to bits in a war zone and the only recognizable piece left was a piece of skin with a devil’s head tattoo. So in a case like that would they waive the fee for cutting it out?

theWhispersOfMySins 10/1/2015 - 10:35 am

Waive a fee? Thats like asking if the government can be honest. Lol

mysteriousvisitor 10/1/2015 - 10:54 am


Darvin 10/1/2015 - 10:47 am

This is a bit similar with that website that sells product made of human leather. Creepy! 😛

Trix 10/1/2015 - 10:51 am

That tops it!

Darvin 10/1/2015 - 10:56 am

Yeah, imagine your shoes might be someone’s father or aunty. that’s… idk what to call that!

SeeSmith 10/1/2015 - 11:10 am

Foreskin wallet. Rub it and it becomes a suitcase.

Sorry. Sorry. Couldn’t resist.

Darvin 10/1/2015 - 11:14 am

Hahaha :’D

mysteriousvisitor 10/1/2015 - 12:22 pm

@SeeSmith: Look up tanuki balls

SeeSmith 10/1/2015 - 12:45 pm

@mysteriousvisitor My secret revealed!

Somebody Insignificant 10/1/2015 - 11:09 am

That’s the first time I have heard of preserving tattoos but I know they also turn cremated remains into diamonds. cremationsolutions.com

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