Tattooing Ashes into clients
The ultimate memorial tattoo.
A lot of studios will frown upon it, but some studios will specialize in it. Tattoos originally were made from ash from the fire being rubbed into a pre designed wound.
Here at Bubblegum Ink we were in the press for tattooing ashes into a couple of clients after their grandfather passed away. The Times, The Daily Mirror, The Metro, The Sun and The Daily Mail all gave a lot of coverage to the designs and our ashes tattoo process.
Since then we have had a steady list of clients coming in for ashes tattoos. The true essence of a remembrance tattoo cannot be any higher than having a small part of that person with you till you too pass away.
We now work from a well loved private studio environment. No scary atmosphere, but a private, respectful private appointment only dedicated ashes tattoo studio where you can relax and not be disturbed as you get your loved ones ashes tattoo.
So what does the process involve?
The cremated ashes are brought in and we take small portion of it to put in the tattoo (we need about a tablespoon’s worth). We’ll then process the ashes with a molecular reduction process, Then treat them, sterilize them and remove the micro contaminants that are present in all cremation ashes. This makes sure that even though the ashes have been completely sterilized through the cremation process, the process will ensure we have a safe and sterile product to use. The amount used usually equates to about the tip of a tea spoons worth.
Then the standard tattoo process starts. Design application etc. The difference comes with mixing the inks. Black has a much denser ash accepting pigmentation. Micro dispersed ink except the ashes best. If a thicker ink is used then the mix of the ink and the ashes is a lot more sporadic. The ashes are put in the ink , which is already prepared to match the molecular size of the processed ashes.
The tattoo process continues to the end and that’s the only difference. We are very aware that the ink that is left in the pots, still has cremated ashes left in them. So after the tattoo we will put the tip of a tissue into the ink pot. Blood will always come to the top of an ink pot, so the tissue, will, using a wick motion pull any of the small amounts of your blood onto the tissue for safe duty of care disposal by us, everything else is disposed of except the ink caps. The ink that is mixed with the ashes is put on a tissue or a tissue of the clients choice for them to take with them. The use by use of prepared inks for ashes tattoos also makes the healing process a lot easier and there is a minimum amount, ( if any ) of scabbing.
We hope this has given you a brief guide on the ashes tattoo process. We have tattooed dog ashes into clients and horse ashes as well. (If you are going to get a four legged loved on tattooed into you, always make sure you tell the place where your animal is getting cremated and they will make sure that the particles of ashes are of an appropriate size for the tattooing process.)
In theory if your beloved whether two or four legged has been cremated then we can easily tattoo ashes into your tattoo design to make sure your remembrance tattoo is as beloved as possible.
We are proud to annouce that we now offer this service on a remote basis. After years of expereince in this field, we now have a website dedicated to placing ashes into tattoo ink. This way you can get the colours of your choice, with your loved ones ashes infued in them, so you can choose your own artist to get you ultimate memorial tattoo done.
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When we tattooed Dave with his honourable bomb disposal dog Treo, it was a fantastic tribute that the internet and papers loved..
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