The market and industry is becoming highly popular where tattoos are mixed with human hair, cremated remains, and even DNA and it is called “Morbid Ink”
Damien Thorne would like to carry is late to grandmother with him under his skin forever.
As his tattoo artist sprinkles pinch of cremated dashes inside two vials of ink, one black and the other yellow. Where the ink will be used to have a smiley face on his forearm.
“My grandmother used to have smiley faces plastered on her apartment’s wall,” he says. “This is for.”
These biogenic tattoos are done underground for years, but “morbid think” is made to the Falls from some sketchy practices too high-tech business.
Biotech startups has been developing creative methods to mix the inks Live by genetic attitudes including cremated ash, carbonized hair, and even DNA from both the dead and living.
The smiley face tattoo is dedicated to his late grandmother.
Currently there are no clear regulations that address this practice properly. The FDA statement was they have not been evaluated its risks yet. But it is safe to say that these tattoos are harmless as long as the ashes has been properly cremated and protected from contamination, says at microbiologist Jason Tetro.
“By using the biological material into a nulled state [through cremation], therefore it becomes safe to inject,” “If the material no longer has a biological function and does not trigger the immune system, then this should be no problem. Basically it is in art as the ink itself”
“No harm can come from the ashes as long as they are stored aseptically and no microbes are introduced to them.”
New morbid ink formulas are you incorporating ashes in favor of achieving a more uniquely personal add-on such as DNA.
Any Live DNA will be recognized by the immune system, but if it is mixed and introduced with a biologically in art carrier such as the ink, then the process should be safe, says Tetro.
Andreas Wampl of Skin46’s on the right, with tattoo artist Dydy Gassner.
Pioneered by a Canadian company Called CG labs, customers use they use cheek swabs to collect DNA samples. They send the samples to CG labs come home, which then removes enzymes, and extracts DNA combines it with the inert substance before mailing it back to the customers come up who then will be able to mix it with tattoo ink.
Another approach is being patented as you speak buy an impressive team of scientists including pioneers in nanomedicine Edith Mathiowitz, and bio hacking expert Alan Jorgensen. The process is a mixture of “inert, a non-bioerodible, hydrophobic [repels Water]” embedded safely into a micro-capsule that encloses the “personalizing substance.”
The micro-capsule would probably be made from non-biodegradable polymer PMMA, preventing the DNA from leaking and making contact with the person’s body.
PMMA, is commonly known as Plexiglas, and is the most widely used polymath in the human body-but it does not risk-free. Some people might start developing some people might start developing a condition called granulomas, a type of inflammations that Tetro described as “that the good of immune cells that they are gathering around while banging the drums before” it is not something pretty uncertainty you do not want it to just figure your memorial tattoo.
That risk can be avoided, but this will require a specific engineering of various physical and chemical properties for the PMMA, this includes surface charge, morphology, and adhesiveness.
Andreas Wampl has prepared himself to get a tattoo with ink made from her children’s hair. [Photo above].
Andreas an investor and his startup company Skin46 is preparing to offer the “connective” tattoo ink that includes carbon extract from human hair.
This process will need to be insured against carcinogens to not spread, which only occurs when organic matter is not combusted competing. To avoid from this happening, Skin46 are using temperatures that exceeds 1500°C to incinerate Head and all of that organic materials thoroughly, thus creating a pharmaceuticals grade carbon that is clean and free of carcinogenic compounds.
Once it is ready, Wampl will perform a demo himself using hair samples that is dangerous from his children to kick start the project and raise funds and go into commercial production.
“All of us has a parent, child, loved one, or a friend that we would love to be connected to them in a physical and emotional way,” he says “I’ve discuss this with a lot of people who do not even have a regular tattoos and found them to love the idea of a ‘connective’ one. I think it’s going to be a huge market and success