Creative Dutch Tattoo Artist to Preserve Tattoos of Dead People
Sunday, Jan 12, 2014: The tattoo on your body may be permanent but only as long as you are alive. What about when you are no more? A tattoo artist has thought of a unique concept of preserving the tattooed skin of dead people.
Dutch entrepreneur Peter van der Helm of Walls and Skin, a tattoo parlor in Amsterdam, has become the first tattoo artist to make the preservation of tattoos a mission. He offers to collect the inked skin of any customer after he/she passes away, for a fee amounting to a few hundred euros. The inked skin flap would be removed from the dead body, soaked or frozen in formaldehyde and sent to a laboratory. In a painstaking procedure, to be conducted for about 3 months, the tattooed skin flap would be made ready for display.
Van der Helm says that 30 of his clients have already signed up for the post-death tattoo donation process including Floris Hirschfeld, a man who wants to retain the image of his mother tattooed onto his back. Helm says that everyone wants to live on after death and this is a simple way to do so. Even Hirschfeld agrees and says that when people have stuffed animals in their homes, why not human skin.
While the thought of preserving a piece of the skin of a dead person can be grisly for some, it can well be argued that it is all about the conservation of fine pieces of art rather than letting them get destroyed.
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