Memorial Scarification

By Kellan in Portlan, Oregon, an ink rubbing of an initialled toe-tag rubbed with thir father’s ashes.

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23 thoughts on “Memorial Scarification

  1. That’s actually really touching. A little bit creepy, being rubbed with human ashes. But touching in a metaphorical way.

  2. I really like this piece and the thought behind it.
    On that note someone’s ashes aren’t really the ashes of their burnt flesh, the body melts down and the bones are broken up and the ash is a combination of what was burning the body and some bone dust

  3. Nice idea. A little bit of a shock, but then you realize the meaning behind it, and then it is an incredible piece. And it was well done.

  4. i was creeped out badly enough when, in the 7th grade, i found out that the vial of something i couldnt quite figure out around my friends neck was in fact a vial of her grandfathers ashes. oh man that creeped me out. so… the fact that this toe-tag ink rubbing… ash rubbing?… is a humans ashes just makes my skin crawl.

    but overall, the sentiment is quite touching. its just the method of execution that rubs me the wrong way.

  5. That is by far one of the coolest ideas I’ve come across in a while! Completely leaves me in awe! Too bad my mom wants to be buried….

  6. about a year ago, i got a huge rib piece of some traditional americana roses in memory of my two little ferrets who had died, and i sprinkled some of their ashes in the ink before it was drilled into me. now they will be with me forever.

    it is actually my most meaningful and loved tattoo… it def helped me cope and move forward.

  7. I think it’s wonderful. Although if I tried that, my father would probably come back to life and kill me.

  8. To be fair, I think pedicures are gonna be just about the last thing on their mind right now.

  9. This reminds me of my all-time favorite tattoo experience on BME, entitled “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother”.

    I wish I could find it.

  10. Not freaky at all my friend had it done with is wife’s ashes – very cool and super special to have them with you all the time.

  11. 1. I think that idea is great,
    (but I have to say this)…

    2. Cutting your toe-nails in a rounded way leads to verrrry bad ingrown toe-nails, your nails naturally just grow straight out so theyre going to want to end up in a sqaure like shape, and when you round them like that theyre going to try to grow back sqaure as always. That leads to two sharp corners of the nail growing deep into your skin..

    please people. dont round your toe-nails ;p

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