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