What You Need to Know Before Getting a Tattoo with Cremation Ashes

What You Need to Know Before Getting a Tattoo with Cremation Ashes

For centuries, people have used tattooing to mark important memories, beliefs, or events. Today some people choose to get tattoos made out of the cremation ashes of loved ones. Some people choose to have permanent tributes to loved ones who have died. If you want a memorial tattoo, you may have even heard references to a type of ink infused with cremation ashes. 

Is that safe? Here we’ll find out more about the world of cremation ash tattoos.

Tattoos With Cremation Ashes

Tattoos made with ashes are often called ritual tattoos. A small amount of the ashes goes into a vial of tattoo ink to create a ritual tattoo. The ashes need to be very fine, so you may need to part with more than a tablespoon, so they have enough fine ash for the tattoo.

Not everyone realizes that cremation is not an instant process. After the person has been cremated, the ashes are generally stored for a few days until they are ready to be shipped back to you. The ashes you get back aren’t just powder; they also have bits of bone fragments and even pieces of charcoal. Therefore, it’s essential to try and sift through the ashes and send the finest portion. 

Cremation ashes have already been heated at temperatures exceeding 1800 degrees Fahrenheit during the process. Still, once they have been sifted and ground down, they are re-baked to sterilize them and then ground down even further. At that point, they are mixed into the ink. 

The application of the tattoo then goes on as usual. Some people with cremation ink tattoos reported experiencing itching after getting them. If you’re sensitive to certain substances, this may not be the best option for your tattoo.

The Tattooing Process

If you’re interested in getting a tattoo with ash-infused ink, there are a few steps you need to take. First, you must find a company that infuses the ashes into the ink for you; most artists do not have the specialized equipment to do this. They will be able to do this in the safest manner possible.

Few tattoo artists offer this service, so finding someone who will mix the ink and apply a cremation tattoo can be difficult. Other tattoo artists are usually willing to use the ink from that specialty company if you see someone. However, getting the ink and then choosing an artist is similar to getting a regular tattoo. 

Finding a Tattoo Artist That Works with Cremains

Before making an appointment, you need to find a tattoo artist in your area that has experience with cremains. You will want to do your research and find someone familiar with this process. You can ask what other people say about the artist you’re considering.

Finding a tattoo studio specialising in this process is a great way. This studio will have special equipment and specialized containers for the ashes. It is a good idea to visit the studio before getting the tattoo to ensure it is clean, safe, and fully equipped.


Getting a tattoo made with the ashes of a loved one is a special way to keep that person close to you after death. Many people find it healing and comforting always to have an intimate part of their loved ones with them. It can be a great way to honor their memory and keep them close. 

Evergreen JAX is not only a cemetery but also a funeral home and crematory. We offer families the right avenue to express their goodbye to a loved one while making everything convenient for them, including all arrangements in one location. We are available to serve your needs whether you are using Evergreen Cemetery or any other resting place of your choice. If you need cremation ashes storage, we can help. Get in touch with us today for immediate assistance. 

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