Ick Or Unethical? OK, It’s Just Icky, But There’s Something Deeply Disturbing About…”Tattoo Harvesting”

Ew.

Cleveland-based company Save My Ink Forever offers  the opportunity for clients to have their tattoos preserved as artworks after they pass away. Yes, their skin. Two words: Ed Gein.

We are trying to do this in the most dignified manner possible. To people, some of these things really are pieces of art,” mortician Kyle Sherwood said. “It gives that family another option and instead of having just the remains or the burial, we can still do that, they have actually a piece of their loved one. They are pieces of art, and it is just amazing the tattoos we get.” The preservation requires  a complex process that takes roughly three or four months. Once it’s done, clients a have a parchment-like artwork that requires no maintenance at all. They can frame it and hang it in the living room! They can make a lampshade out of it!

Save My Ink Forever works with funeral homes around the US, sending them special kits and video tutorials on how to remove the tattoos. The strips of skin are then shipped to Cleveland. Where else? Cleveland was the home of two of America’s most infamous serial killers: The Cleveland Torso Murderer, also known as the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run, and  Anthony Edward Sowell, known as the Cleveland Strangler. Save My Ink Forever won’t preserve face and genital tattoos, and has refused to process the skin art into book covers.

That, after all, would be in bad taste.

9 thoughts on “Ick Or Unethical? OK, It’s Just Icky, But There’s Something Deeply Disturbing About…”Tattoo Harvesting”

  1. “Save My Ink Forever won’t preserve face and genital tattoos, and has refused to process the skin art into book covers.”

    Or lampshades, I presume?

    Whatever happened to just taking a picture of the person’s arm, back, chest, leg, or, in the case of my sister, ankle?

  2. It’s amazing how much our society has morphed into the abyss of immorality over the last 20 years to the point where people actually think of corpse mutilation ideas like this, then they think “hey, this is a marketable idea”, and then it turns out that there are actually some people out there that will pay to have it done! I know that anti-morality is part of the anti-status quo behaviors we’re seeing in the 21st century but this one is sliding down a slippery slope. It won’t be long before full human body taxidermy rolls off the immoral assembly line, I can see the ads now; Wanna preserve your young beautiful body forever, it’s better than mummification! After Joe’s Taxidermy is done, the world will still be admiring you in 5000 years. Or how about a nice bust of your spouse for the night stand to keep you company? Aaa yes, the possibilities are endless and disgusting.

    I thought corpse mutilation was an actual crime?

  3. “Save My Ink Forever won’t preserve face and genital tattoos, and has refused to process the skin art into book covers.”

    So, it sounds like a “Murder” neck tattoo can be preserved.

    -Jut

  4. I’m just sitting here with my mouth agape. Like, this is a) genius and b) ick and c) obvious and d) way more valuable than an NFT and e) so creepy and disturbing.

    I’m not sure if I’ll recover from this….

  5. Cue Jimmie Rodgers: “Im an old mule skinner, from down Kentu-ucky way, hyaw, hyaw And I can any mule listen, or I won’t accept yore pay, hyaw, yaw”

  6. My brother passed away last year. While making funeral arrangements, the funeral home suggested ways of preserving his ashes. One was an urn installed in a niche at a cemetery. Another, sprinkling them in a favorite place. Third, preserving them in jewelry. That’s right – jewelry, so I could have earrings or in necklace pendants, mounted in a ring or a bracelet. She was serious. My response: “Dear God! That’s appalling.”

    jvb

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