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Dead Skin, Living Art… The Museum of Tattooed Skin

Personally, I think that tattoos, when done by a kick-ass artist, are works of art that are worth the pain you have to endure to get them. Now, what happens to your skin canvas after death? The answer is in Japan, because at The Medical Pathology Museum at Tokyo University, they have amassed a very impressive collection of large, full-body tattooed skin that was donated to them after the person’s death. Check out Dr. Fukushi’s collection of skin below…Would you donate your tattooed-covered body to science, or an art gallery?

The Medical Pathology Museum—Tokyo University

Dr. Masaichi Fukushi, a pathologist, was interested in the art of Japanese tattooing. Fukushi would remove the tattooed skin off of donated bodies and preserve them and keep them stretched in a glass case. He would also offer to pay for people that couldn’t afford to get their full body tattoos finished on the condition that they would allow him to skin their bodies upon their death and preserve the tattoos. There are 105 skinned items (many of which are full body suits) on display at this museum.

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