A group of tattoo enthusiasts in Northeast Ohio have formed a nonprofit membership organization, the National Association for the Preservation of Skin Art, which is precisely what it sounds like. The organization launched Tuesday (savemyink.com) and wants to ensure that your treasured tattoos can be used to decorate your home for generations to come, (just as soon as they're removed from your body and handsomely framed).
Founder Charles Hamm co-owns Square City Tattoos in Chardon. He's not a tattoo artist himself, but was persuaded to invest in that business after 150 hours in the chair. Hamm is a former financial executive — not a field known for its densely tatted employees — who dreamed up NAPSA when it occurred to him that when he died, the valuable artwork all over his body would disappear with him.
"All my tattoos have meaning to me," Hamm told Scene in a phone conversation Tuesday. "That's true for most people, too. Tattoos are much more acceptable today in the mainstream. And they're much more artistic. Our guys are booked out for six months. And everything they do is custom. When people come in, they're not just picking designs off the wall. It's a consultation. People look at tattoos as works of art."
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