Diane Lange, the owner of Moonlight Tattoo in Ocean View, New Jersey has been tattooing for 35 years. In the past six months, however, she has explained that the number of calls she is getting for cremation tattoos has been rapidly increasing.
While we know that cremation rates have been increasing in the U.S., what many people don’t know is that some people take cremation and memorialization a step further and use the cremation ashes, or cremains, for body art.
According to an article in Phillyvoice,com, cremation tattoo artists simply blend in a very small amount of cremains into tattoo ink prior to applying the artwork to the client. One tattoo artist commented that the human remains don’t actually dissolve in ink so the act is somewhat symbolic, but meaningful, nonetheless.
The article also talks a little about the popularity of jewelry items made from cremated remains. One glass artist, Matt Olian, believes that the transient nature of many of today’s families is perhaps part of why earth burial is falling out of favor. He contends that the rising popularity of cremation jewelry and cremation tattoos may be because these types of memorials are transportable. Olian continues, “There is no right or wrong as far as how one wants to memorialize. It’s different for every culture and every individual”.
Funeral Director Daily take: As we move forward we will see all kinds of memorialization ideas. I agree with Mr. Olian — there is no right or wrong way to grieve — and we’ve known that for some time. I’ve also felt for a long time that pricing started the cremation trend – however, I do believe the transient nature of our society is really perpetuating that trend — and has turned it into a social more. It’s interesting in my lifetime how I have seen a cultural more move so drastically — and with the advent of social media and instant news of trends, we will see others move at even a faster speed.