Teenager gets a 'memorial tattoo' using her dead dog's ashes to honor her 'best friend'
Bethany Cruickshank from Andover, Hampshire, said that she was crippled by a 'deep sadness' after her 11-year-old husky Mika passed away last year of old age
An 18-year-old is reportedly defending her decision to get her dead dog's ashes inked into her skin so that they can "be together forever." The teenager, after she made the news of her tattoo public, received several negative comments from social media users telling her that the process was not safe.
Bethany Cruickshank from Andover, Hampshire said that, after her 11-year-old husky Mika passed away last year in June of old age, she was crippled by a "deep sadness." The teenager said that she decided to get a commemorative tattoo of Mika's pawprint because she wanted to honor her best friend's life in a special way. The tattoo, however, also included inking the dog's ashes into her skin.
Reports state that the customer service assistant received a barrage of negative comments after she posted a picture of her new $60 tattoo on social media. Cruickshank, however, defended her decision and said that, according to her, it was the perfect way to honor her late dog. She also added that she would not hesitate to get similar tattoos with the ashes of her other pets after they die.
"Mika had been with us since 2009. We rescued her from a shelter, and she had been abused before coming to us. She was wild at first but after lots of love and training she was the perfect dog. I loved her so much. I was incredibly sad after she passed away. I knew I wanted to do something special to commemorate her life," Cruickshank said, according to the Daily Mail.
Teenager, 18, pays heartfelt tribute to her dead dog Mika by getting its ashes inked in her skin for a tattoo https://t.co/2ee41Me3lj— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) October 25, 2018
"She was cremated, and I looked into the possibility of getting her ashes made into jewelry, but it was very expensive. Then I read about getting ashes inked in the skin for a tattoo and I knew straight away it was something I'd love to do but I had to wait until I was 18. After Mika died, the vet did an impression of her paw print for us to keep. I'm really happy I had that as it meant I could have an exact replica tattooed on me," she continued.
"My family and friends were a bit shocked but were all very supportive of the idea. Now some of my friends have said they are going to do it as well. I've copped some backlash from the online community. Some people were being so rude and saying that it was disgusting and immoral. Then others were telling me it's unsanitary and not safe. But the ashes are literally burnt to a crisp and there are no germs in there. People need to do their research before being so quick to pass judgment," the teenager added.
The 18-year-old said that, although the process comes across as a relatively unique practice to people, there are many tattoo artists across the world who offer it as a service. The tattoos are known in the industry as "memorial tattoos" and are carried out after mixing a small amount of ashes with regular tattoo ink to make an ink solution.