Postmortem Tattoo Preservation

The National Association for the Preservation of Skin Art recently launched. Its mission is to preserve the tattoos of any of its members who have died. They claim they have a "new proprietary process" of preservation which helps them to do this.

Of course, to preserve the tattoo, it first has to be removed. The Association doesn't send someone out to do this. Instead, they ship a kit to the funeral home and have them do it. The end result is a nicely framed piece of tattooed human skin.

We've discussed postmortem tattoo preservation before here on WU. For instance, we've noted that as far back as 1950 the Imperial University of Tokyo was collecting tattooed skins. And more recently, tattoo enthusiast Geoff Ostling bequeathed his skin to the National Gallery in Canberra.



Posted By: Alex - Wed Oct 07, 2015
Category: Art, Death, Skin and Skin Conditions





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An ancient art brought forth for the enjoyment of millions more. Or... Watch This
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 10/07/15 at 09:23 AM
The full-body art stuff would get really interesting for the display.
Posted by crc in idaho on 10/07/15 at 10:10 AM
Skinning a body is pretty gruesome. Why not take a picture and then get an artist to sketch the tatoo art.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 10/07/15 at 11:41 AM
Lydia oh Lydia, that encyclopydia
Oh Lydia the Queen of Tattoo
On her back is the Battle of Waterloo
Beside it the wreck of the Hesperus, too
And proudly above waves the red, white, and blue
You can learn a lot from Lydia!
Posted by KDP in Madill, OK on 10/07/15 at 05:38 PM
Well people save the other preserved body part's or whole bodies. And in this chest freezer is your Great Aunt Maxie whole and complete. So the tats, I mean skin art from relatives preserved, framed and hung on the wall is by far more interesting then the urn on the mantle, is not such a bad idea. Perhaps not mom's Tramp Stamp from a wild youth or dad's naked dancing girl from his Navy days.
Posted by Gator Guy in The Great Swamp on 10/07/15 at 07:46 PM
Ed Gein decorated his house with human skin you know.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 10/07/15 at 10:05 PM
As the saying goes - 'It's no skin off my back'. From the Nazi's death camps you could get lamp shades Etc. made with tanned human skin that featured the tattoos.
Posted by BMN on 10/07/15 at 10:18 PM
They have this thing now called a "camera," and it takes what they call "photographs."
Posted by Frank on 10/08/15 at 03:03 PM
Expat, why didn't you think of that?!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 10/08/15 at 04:00 PM
It was BC and my brain wasn't in think mode yet?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 10/08/15 at 11:31 PM
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