MORBID INK
The Human Memorial Tattoo with Dr Jon Troyer
At the Dissenters Chapel on Sunday 15th October at 1 pm

There is a saying within the tattooing profession: Love lasts forever, but a tattoo lasts six months longer. In this age where most of us will not be remembered on tombstones we may find we live on in the form of a memorial tattoo on the arm or torso of a loved one. Having a tattoo made can not only ease the pain of bereavement but also provide a daily reminder of the deceased.

Dr Troyer will talk about the implications of marking a living body with representations of death and discuss current innovations in memorial tattooing, including the practice of mixing the cremated ashes of a loved one in the ink that will be used to create the tattoo, thus forming a physical as well as symbolic link to the deceased.

Tickets £12 including a Hendrick's gin cocktail. Please click here to buy.

Dr Jon Troyer is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath. He is a co-founder of the Death Reference Desk website, the Future Cemetery Project and a frequent commentator for the BBC. His most recent book is Technologies of the Human Corpse (published by the University of North Carolina Press).

 

 

The Dissenters' Chapel, Kensal Green Cemetery, London. Ticket includes tour of the catacombs.