I admit that upon reading the headline, my first reaction was "Are you INSANE?!"
So I read further in an attempt to understand why someone would want to memorialize such a tragic, terrible life event on purpose when the surviving relative had no say on the degrading tattoo to begin with.
As usual, my first reaction was terribly wrong.
Upon reading these stories, I couldn't help but feel my heart reach out to these individuals who are doing what they can to connect with their loved ones and use their very bodies to teach others about the importance of remembering.
I'm posting it here for others. I find it to be incredibly illuminating and, at its heart, very human. Regardless of your thoughts on tattooing, this is a very interesting, heart-provoking piece.
And yes, I just said "Heart-provoking."