When we shuffle off this mortal coil/go up to the big guy in the sky, we usually opt to leave our loved ones something to remember us by. It’s normally something sentimental or useful. Something like a hefty cheque or a box of photos. Or, in our case, our computer password so our internet history can be erased. However, now a new company is offering a new service, allowing you to leave your tattoos behind for friends and family.
Yep, you read that correctly. NAPSA, the National Association for the Preservation of Skin Art, is a completely free service that offers to remove tattoo art from your body when you die. The piece of skin is then framed and sent to your loved ones so they can remember your ‘story, your spirit and your legacy’. The thought alone makes us want to bring up our lunch, but to each their own.
We’re not entirely sure how practical/doable the whole process is. I mean, it’s definitely not for the faint-hearted. The tattoo itself, and the surrounding skin, has to be removed within 60 hours of the person dying. Once the company has been notified that the person has passed on, they swiftly send a kit with instructions on just how to remove the piece. Then, the tat art is placed in preservation compound and sent back to NAPSA.
The service uses special chemicals to prevent the art from decomposing. It also claims to rejuvenate the artwork itself, making it look almost freshly-inked – which is great news for all our fading tramp stamps of butterflies, Playboy logos and meaningful Radiohead lyrics.
Although it’s only currently available to NAPSA members over the age of 18 in the US, there are plans afoot to make this, uh, much sought-after service available worldwide. But seriously: would you leave your tattoos behind?