Domino_dancer said A new trend is emerging, preserving your loved one's Tattoo's. Yes, you have it correct. If yor loved one passes on, and he is well 'ink'ed'. You may request that he be de-skinned. Then you can preserve his skin either in a frame, or a lamp shade, or maybe a lovely floor mat.
I had a college roommate for two years who with his brother and their parents are all that remained of their entire family murdered by Hitler and company in the holocaust, his parents both concentration camp survivors. I saw their tattoos. I forget now if they were in the same camp or if they met over here. One was in Auschwitz. I also remember--and I've stayed at their home--that the father screams every night in his sleep. The mother, captured as a pre-adolescent, watching her family gassed and God knows what else, never quite grew up. She lived her life somewhat childlike, the damage so horrible and deep. They could not have been lovelier people and they lived for their kids. And boy did those kids knowingly take advantage of that haha.
But my roommate had this very odd sense of humor in handling what was forced to be his heritage. He joked all the time about the Nazi's. Some very funny, some very sad but always I knew that was his way of coping. One of the things he often joked about was his aunt, referring to his murdered relative as the lampshade.
"My aunt, the lampshade," he’d joke.
Pretty funny, huh.