Would You Decorate Your Home With The Tattooed Skin Of Your Dead Loved Ones?

I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about what I want people to leave me when they die, mostly because I pretty much hope that everyone I know and love is going to be immortal and live forever. However, I know what I do not want. I do not want a single part of anyone’s corpse, ever. I don’t want your teeth, I don’t want your hair, I do not want your cryogenically frozen head and I definitely do not want your tattooed skin hanging above my mantle in a lovely decorative frame. It feels a little too Ed Gein to me, and that’s just not a place I feel comfortable going.

But apparently, that’s a thing people can do now! They can bequeath their loved ones their framed, tattooed skin. The recently launched non-profit National Association for the Preservation of Skin Art provides this service.

Now, I don’t have any tattoos, but I totally understand that people love theirs, and often view them as a work of art. That’s great! I totally get that! But like, they are also things you can take pictures of! I’m not sure how necessary it is to have the actual skin. In a frame. On the wall. 

That gets a resounding NOPE from me — although some people are probably into it and that’s ok for them. Just as long as they don’t try to leave it me.