Tattooing with Cremation Ashes

Are you looking for a unique and long-lasting way to commemorate the life of your loved one? If so, getting a tattoo with your loved one’s cremated ashes may be the way to go. This relatively new method combines a small portion of cremated remains with traditional tattoo ink and allows you to then use the ink for tattooing purposes. This can be a truly personal way to remember your loved one and carry a piece of them around with you throughout your life. Here’s a little more information about the procedure to help you determine if getting a tattoo with your loved one’s cremated remains is the best option for you and your family.

Q: How does it work exactly?

A: This is essentially the same process you would undergo if you were getting a tattoo. The tattoo artist would take a small amount of cremated ashes, usually less than a tablespoon and mix it with regular tattoo ink. The ink is then used in a tattoo gun and a tattoo is designed on your skin. For this to work best, the ashes must be a very fine consistency as to not clog the tattoo tools and to help it seamlessly mix with the tattoo ink. For this to work well, it is highly recommended to find a tattoo artist that has experience using cremated ash infused inks.

Q: How safe is this?

A: Very safe. The cremated ashes were burned at temperatures over 1,750 degrees Fahrenheit. This virtually eliminates the chance of infection, though the exact sterility of cremated ashes have not been extensively studied. The important thing to keep in mind is that the ashes need to be handled properly, in a sterile environment when being mixed with the tattoo ink. Any contamination of the ashes or the ink can introduce risks of infections. If you’re considering getting a cremation tattoo done, it is essential that you consult with a licensed and professional tattoo artist beforehand. They may have special precautions they need you to take before getting the tattoo to ensure that you are safe throughout the entire process.

Q: Will it look different than a regular tattoo?

A: No, not really. Since the bulk of what your tattoo artist is using is regular tattoo ink, your tattoo should look and feel the same. However, people who have had tattoos done with cremation ashes do often report that as the tattoo heals, it is itchier than a regular tattoo. So, if you have very sensitive skin, it may be wise to consult with a dermatologist before making the plunge.

Getting a commemorative tattoo using your loved one’s cremated ashes isn’t for everyone. But, if you feel that a cremation ash tattoo would be right for you, you should interview a few reputable tattoo artists and learn about how they would approach designing and tattooing you.