Save My Ink—more formally known as the National Association for the Preservation of Skin Art (NAPSA)—states what they want to do clearly on their website: "...NAPSA has developed a method of preserving tattoos so that your story, your spirit, and your legacy can live on, for generations to come." That's right, for a price, members of NAPSA can leave their preserved and expertly-framed tattooed flesh behind for their descendants to enjoy.
It costs $115 plus an annual fee of $60 to join the group (...) Members can register one tattoo "roughly the size of a chest piece" for postmortem preservation. They can pay another $100 for additional tattoos or to double the size of the ink that's commemorated.
Charles Hamm, who runs Square City Tattoo in the Cleveland, Ohio suburb of Chardon, launched the endeavor in September at The Biggest Tattoo Show on Earth in Vegas. CNN reported Hamm said "his organization has an embalmer on staff and has already preserved 21 tattoos."
Early NAPSA member Joanne Soto, a California architect, told CNN she joined because she found the idea "very progressive and very innovative." Well, that, and "there's a bit of weirdness and creepiness mixed in and that definitely grabbed my attention," Soto said.
So much media—photographs, written narrative—is published exclusively online today. It's good to know if a future great grandchild is unable to access the photos on your Facebook page, at least they'll have some kind of tangible remembrance of that time you got whiskey drunk and had someone etch a copy of your wife's senior yearbook photo on your pec.
We hope the embalmers remove any stray hairs before framing.
Photos by SaveMyInk.com screen capture