Do you want to share your love and the stories behind your tattoos with future generations after you die? If yes, National Association for the Preservation of Skin Art (NAPSA), a non-profit membership association of tattoo artists and enthusiasts is what you’re looking for. The organization will help you in preserving your favorite tattoos to be displayed for succeeding generations. It is dedicated to provide service so that your story, your spirit, and your legacy can live on for generations to come.
Also called Save My Ink, the community is founded by 60-year-old Charles Hamm and was launched in September at The Biggest Tattoo Show on Earth in Las Vegas. Since then, the organization has already preserved 21 tattoos. The process starts with removal of the inked skin from dead people and then putting it through a chemical and enzymatic process. This method permanently alters the chemical structure of the tissue and stops the skin from decaying so that it can be preserved for a long time.
Well, not all tattoos are preserved postmortem as Hamm has tested the process out on himself. Two of his tattoos were removed surgically after he lost almost 100 pounds. Both are now preserved as a memento for his family. To join NAPSA for this unearthly service, you’ll first have to pay a registration fee of $115. Moreover, with a yearly $60 NAPSA membership, you’ll get registration of one tattoo, roughly the size of a half chest piece, for preservation. Besides that, members will receive custom-designed, personalized membership certificate created by NAPSA Board Member and Tattoo Artist in Residence Bryan Krause.
Therefore, if you want to leave a piece of your life for your future generations, you must register soon as only living people can choose to have their tattoos removed after their death. Removed within 60 hours by the embalmer, the tattoo is sent back to Save My Ink which is then return to the family in three to six months time.