Launched in 2016, ‘Save My Ink Forever’ plan to offer their services as an… um… skinning company and art business. It’s the brainchild of a team of heavily tattooed funeral directors who were just kind of sitting around one day and talking about what would happen to their sick tats when they died. Kyle Sherwood, his dad and a friend are all into the morbid side of life and wanted to create a new type of hyper personalised post-death keepsake. Kyle explained “All of our tattoos have deep meaning - meaning enough to put it on ourselves for life to proudly display. So we thought, well what happens when you die? These works of art that mean so much to the individual - and the family - are gone forever. They are either buried or cremated, never to be seen again.”
The process is very hush hush so Kyle won’t explain exactly how the tattoo skin is preserved, but you need to get the body to them within 48 hours and the whole preservation process takes a month and a half. The skin then gets mounted in a frame under UV protective glass and sent to your loved ones so they can keep a little piece of you forever. It’s the most normal thing we’ve ever heard, I don’t know why you’re pulling that face. Honestly, the bit I’m most uncomfortable about is how the skin somehow ends up looking like a piece of paper. What are they doing to the bodies during this two month ‘preservation process’ that completely bleaches and flattens like that. I don’t know, and I don’t want to know.
They can preserve pretty much everything from a small star to an epic masterpiece, and prices average out at about $1,000 (£795). The service is currently available across America in every state, but Kyle has plans to expand to the UK soon so get excited guys.