Save My Ink Preserves Your Tattooed Skin And Frames It After You Die


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Passing on your tattooed skin to loved ones after you've passed away is now a possibility thanks to NAPSA - the National Association for the Preservation of Skin Art.

Just imagine, months after the death of someone close to you, you get a knock at the door and open up a box with their skin in a frame.  The idea is either beautiful or horrid depending on who you ask.

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Tattoos are expensive (with most shops charging a bare minimum of $60 per tattoo) and unique works of art so it makes sense that tattoo enthusiasts would want a way to preserve them.  "You would never burn a Picasso or any piece of art you invested in and had a passion for.  Your tattoo is also art with a unique story, just on a different canvas."  Charles Hammhas, the founder of NAPSA said in a press release.

NAPSA knows that this type of thing is not for everyone.  On NAPSA's website, they believe that by joining you are declaring that:

  • "You have a story and a legacy that you want to live on.
  • You have provided for all the complexities before it’s too late.
  • You are a progressive, out-of-the-box, free-thinker.
  • You have certification of your intent to preserve your tattoo art.
  • You belong to the most unique strain of tattoo enthusiasts.
  • You are not just a conversationalist, but a person of action."

How would one become a NAPSA member?  To join, there is a one-time initiation fee of $115 plus a yearly membership fee of $60 and that guarantees the preservation of a tattoo the size of a chest-piece (typically a tattoo that spans from armpit to armpit and from beneath the collarbone to above the areolas).  Should you want more than one tattoo preserved, you would only pay $100 per additional tat.

What does this get you?  Upon the unfortunate event of a member's death, a beneficiary they've selected would receive $1,000 - $2,000 (depending on the age at which the member joined) to go towards tattoo preservation.  Members also receive a certificate with special artwork and access to the NAPSA website which includes free tattoo designs, tattoo artist profiles, and aids tattoo artists amongst other things.

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How does tattoo preservation work?  First the member fills out forms online regarding preservation, they then share this plan with their friends, family, beneficiary (or beneficiaries). 

Once the member has passed, their Final Wish Beneficiary needs to contact NAPSA within 18 hours. 

After they have been notified, NAPSA will send detailed information explaining the process of recovery and preservation.  Overnight, NAPSA sends out a kit with instructions and equipment to recover, temporarily preserve, and safely ship back.  This kit is typically sent to the Funeral Home.

After NAPSA receives the returned tattoo kit, they send the Final Wish Beneficiary their Final Wish Fulfillment Benefit.  Three to six months later, the beneficiary or beneficiaries will receive the preserved tattoo/s in a beautiful frame.

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"But I does it work?" Oh, you mean the actual methods used in order to preserve the skin?  According to a press release, "The skin is put through a chemical and enzymatic process to permanently alter the chemical structure of the tissue and stop it from decaying."

So far 21 tattoos have been preserved through Save My Ink/NAPSA since Charles Hammhas, the man behind NAPSA, launched the service in early September.

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Though some may find this practice a bit morbid and unsettling, the practice of tattoo preservation has been going on for centuries.  One of the first examples of preserved tattoos are the ones (61 tattoos in all!) found on Otzi the iceman, and date back to 3300 B.C.

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Tattoos are cherished symbols and stories in the eyes of the wearer and that is why NAPSA developed this service.  "So that your story, your spirit, and your legacy can live on, for generations to come... Declare who you are, before others define who you were."


Sources: Save My Ink, Daily Mail, Forbes, Huffington Post,