An Eternal Tattoo
Today's "Question of the Day" deals with people who've invested time, thought, pain and money into their tattoos now having a way to leave them behind for their loved ones after their death, with the development of new processes to preserve the skin indefinitely. Quartz reports that Charles Hamm, the founder and chairman of the National Association for the Preservation of Skin Art, and his team developed a process that fixes inked skin against decomposition. So after someone dies, the tattooed area of skin can be removed and either framed or placed in a display. NAPSA members can arrange to have one chest-sized tattoo preserved after their death for a $115 initiation fee and $60 each year. So far, NAPSA has preserved 14 tattoos from people who've passed away, and seven more from excess skin removed during surgery. Dutch tattoo artist Peter van der Helm came up with his own process to preserve tattoos two years ago, which works by replacing the water and fat in the skin with a polymer that plasticizes it. Van der Helm said last year that at least 60 people had signed up to have their tattoos preserved after they die.
So the "Question of the Day" is what do you think of having tattoos removed after someone dies and then preserved and framed and is this all that different -- and maybe even more personal -- than keeping an urn of a loved one's ashes?