Wellington Mom Got Tattooed With Her Daughter's Ashes

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Losing a child is never easy. This is about how a New Zealander mom got tattooed with her daughter's ashes to cope with losing a child.

Courtesy of Stuff NZ
Courtesy of Stuff NZ
Courtesy of Stuff NZ
Courtesy of Stuff NZ

You might be all too familiar with the use of ashes as part of the mixture in tattoo ink. It's the things people do in an effort to keep the memory of their loved ones alive, and to remember them by. To think about it, it's quite a peculiar way to preserve the memories of your loved ones, with the practice's safety rating fairly debatable.

Courtesy of Stuff NZ
Courtesy of Stuff NZ
Getting tattooed by her daughter ashes. Courtesy of Stuff NZ
Getting tattooed by her daughter ashes. Courtesy of Stuff NZ

A woman from New Zealand wanted to keep the memory of her daughter, who had only been in her womb for 20 weeks and in her arms for a couple days, for as long as she could so she decided to get something that would always remind her of her little girl.

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Tattoo of ashes. Courtesy of Stuff NZ
Tattoo of ashes. Courtesy of Stuff NZ

“Her life really changed my life,” Sarah Field tells Stuff. “So the tattoo I’ve got is on my ribs and it is next to my heart and under my arm for protection.”

Tattoo of ashes, Courtesy of Stuff NZ
Tattoo of ashes, Courtesy of Stuff NZ

CJ Coffin of Six Coffins Tattoo tattooed the Celtic emblem of mother and child, entwined with the word ‘love,’ for Sarah last year. It was Coffin's first time working with ashes in ink, but so far turned out “I was given a small portion of the ashes – you aren't making the ink out of ashes, though some people can go to that extent – and I mixed it in with the ink,” Coffin explains.

Courtesy of Stuff NZ
Courtesy of Stuff NZ

Some people who saw Field's tattoo shook their heads at the idea. But Sarah's closest friends were very supportive, as other women suffering the same loss who were inspired to do the same. This gave comfort to Sarah, who merely wanted something to remember her little one by.

Although there are still no sufficient studies that would prove or disprove mixing ashes with ink to be carcinogenic, many artists and their clients who have used the practice haven't had problems with the practice so far. Mixing ashes with ink, albeit partially, is still up to debate regarding its effects on the human body.

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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