Own­ers ask for pet’s ashes in tat­too for per­ma­nent re­minder

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For some, the death of a beloved furry friend can be dev­as­tat­ing.

Although there will al­ways be plenty of pho­tos, it’s as likely ded­i­cated pet own­ers may con­sider a tat­too – es­pe­cially one mixed with their pets ashes – for the most per­ma­nent re­minder.

A tat­too stu­dio in New Zealand of­fers this un­con­ven­tional way of re­mem­ber­ing pets, and while the method comes with a health warn­ing, peo­ple are seek­ing it out.

Tat­tooist Ta­mara James Cook who tat­toos at Dark Cloud Stu­dios told Daily Mail Aus­tralia she’s had re­quests from peo­ple want­ing the spe­cialised pet por­traits.

While the self-pro­fessed “an­i­mal lover” is more than happy to help, she’s quick to stress she’ll only do the tat­too if a waiver is signed from the out­set.

“There can be ex­tra risk do­ing these sorts of tat­toos be­cause a for­eign body is be­ing in­tro­duced into the skin,” James Cook said.

While the tat­too ex­pert said she only mixes the “tini­est bit of ash” with black ink, the tat­too doesn’t heal the same way, re­sult­ing in a slightly faded colour.

Be­cause of this she’ll only ever cover a small area this way, and will get peo­ple to help choose a spe­cial part of the tat­too that’s mean­ing­ful to them.

The tat­too artist said the ex­pe­ri­ence of tat­too­ing a per- son who has lost a pet can be a heart-wrench­ing one.

“It can be re­ally sad when I mix the ashes in to the ink,” she said.

“Peo­ple of­ten get re­ally emo­tional re­mem­ber­ing their pets. But when they stand up and look it (the fin­ished tat­too) they’re so thank­ful.”

Although James Cook said she’s had around five re­quests for these par­tic­u­lar types of pet por­traits, she’s seen an in­crease in de­mand for pet por­traits in gen­eral. – Daily Mail

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