Don’t Take Betty Boop With You!

Among the most interesting end-of-life options I’ve run across in 2015 is the newly launched National Association for the Preservation of Skin Art.

This US-based group, founded by a tattoo parlor owner from Ohio, is on a mission to save the works of art folks choose for their bodies, much as one would preserve more traditional artwork to pass on to future generations.  The founder, Charles Hamm, explains:

“This is a passion of mine. We’re all about making sure that you can have a solid memory of somebody.”

As explained by this article in Scene, the group has designed a kit that funeral homes can use to retrieve the desired tattoo, and then ship it back to NAPSA for preservation.   Hamm, who has had test preservations done on his own skin with the help of plastic surgeons, says the collection process is simple, and the colors in a cut tattoo stand out even more than previously.

preserved tattoo

If you’re interested in preserving a portion of your (or a loved one’s) body art for future generations, NAPSA’s services are offered by membership only–you can find out more here.

I’m not personally a tattoo fan, so I won’t have anything to preserve;  I have seen some beautiful skin work, though, which clearly involved a large commitment of both hours and money, and may trigger the desire to do this sort of preservation work.  What about you?  Do you or a loved one have body art which you want to save?

Already, though, in my suburban mom world, having lived through the crazy scrapbooking 2000’s, I often wonder, “Who, two generations out, will want all these giant books full of paper and pictures?”

I can imagine me having much the same conversation about preserved skin art–would you want to inherit responsibility for something like that as a family heirloom?!


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