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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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tattooed skin

via Tattoodo

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  1. Antony Brown

    November 28, 2019 at 11:55 am

    I’d love to donate my need it finished tho..

  2. Angie Redmond

    May 27, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Hells yes this is beautiful

  3. José Soares

    May 27, 2016 at 7:04 am

    tattootime book , ed hardy´s

  4. Jesse Cameron

    May 26, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Henry Venema Mike Derynck

  5. Bessie Vaughan

    May 26, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Interesting idea and institution, but I object to the word pathology included in the title, as the acts of tattooing or being tattooed are not pathological to any degree. I’d love to donate my tattoos to an institution that would display them after my death, but I’d prefer it saw them as art, not some abberant freakshow props.

    • Antony Brown

      November 28, 2019 at 11:57 am


  6. Simon Zsófia

    May 26, 2016 at 1:48 pm


  7. Camila Ayala

    May 26, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Christopher E. Rosado

  8. Joseph Bando

    May 26, 2016 at 1:05 am

    Yes. Once we die who cares

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