We are excited to welcome the fantastic Dr John Troyer to talk about memorial tattoos as part of our Life, Death (& the Rest) festival.
In this age where most of us will not be remembered on tombstones we may find we live on in the form of a memorial tattoo on the arm or torso of a loved one.
Many argue that having a tattoo made can not only ease the pain of bereavement, but also provide a daily reminder of the deceased.
Dr Troyer will consider the implications of marking a living body with representations of death, consider the evolution and psychology of these tattoos, and discuss current innovations in memorial tattooing
He will discuss the practice of mixing the cremated ashes of a loved one in the ink that will be used to create the tattoo, thus forming a physical as well as symbolic link to the deceased.
There will be an opportunity to ask John questions at the end about his work and his research.
Dr John Troyer is the Director of the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath. He is a co-founder of the Death Reference Desk website, the Future Cemetery Project and a frequent commentator for the BBC. His forthcoming book Technologies of the Human Corpse will be published by MIT Press in April 2020.
Tattoo by Chris Youth tattoo artist