Tattoos That Won't Fade, Even After Death

ReutersPublished: December 31, 20136,876 views
Published: December 31, 2013

When Dutchman Floris Hirschfeld's mother died two years ago, he had her portrait tattooed on his back in her honor.<br />
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And when he dies, he hopes this image - skin and all - will be preserved and appreciated.<br />
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Floris Hirschfeld, tattoo preservation client, saying:<br />
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"There are people who have stuffed animals in their homes, so why not skin, and if you look in certain old tattoo shops, there is always a jar with special water with a piece of skin in it and it just looks terrible, and this way it looks much better so I would say, if I can be preserved like this, yes, please!"<br />
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Tattoo shop owner Peter van der Helm came up with a gory-sounding preservation method: the deceased's tattooed skin is removed and placed in formaldehyde or frozen.<br />
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It then undergoes a 12-week process which extracts moisture and replaces it with silicone, leaving a rubbery texture.<br />
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Hirschfeld is one of 30 clients who have made out wills donating their skin to the company.<br />
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So if you're especially attached to that artwork on your skin, van der Helm's your man. Credit: Reuters.

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