Keep Your Friends and Family Close With DNA Tattoo Ink

first_imgStay on target This Cactus Spine Needle Is the Oldest Tattoo Tool in Western North AmericaEarliest Surviving Tattoos Discovered on Male, Female Mummies There are endless ways to pay tribute to close family and friends or lost loved ones.I like to put framed photos around the house. Some people prefer to dedicate an indelible piece of art on their skin.To those folks, I say meet Endeavor Life Sciences, a biotech company that uses technology to incorporate DNA into tattoo ink.Its product, Everence (an amalgamation of “forever” and “reverence”), boasts a patented process that turns any DNA sample, hair, or cremains into a powder, which can be mixed with ink and applied to an existing or new tattoo.“Everence allows you to use your tattoo to carry those who have impacted your life and inspired your journey with you at all times,” the firm’s website said. “We like to think of it as a modern-day sacred relic, an actual physical addition to your tattoo that lasts forever.”The process, which will set you back $350, is simple: A customer orders a collection kit—either the DNA cheek swab or ash and hair container—online, follows the directions, and sends it back with the precious cargo.A bunch of mad scientists then turn that sample into Everence “through a patented process,” co-founder and CEO Patrick Duffy (not that Patrick Duffy) told Digital Trends.Purified and encapsulated in a medical-grade polymer (to protect it from being absorbed or destroyed by the body), the final product—300 mg of fine whitish-silverish dust—is returned to the client.(via Endeavor Life Sciences)“They can take their Everence to any tattoo artist in the world, who in turn mixes it with any tattoo ink of their choosing, and applies the tattoo as they normally would,” Duffy explained.The concept was inspired by Gold Star families—relatives of U.S. military members who died in battle. But you don’t have to be the surviving relative of fallen Special Ops personnel to wield Everence.Customers so far also include people celebrating births, engagements, and marriages, according to Digital Trends, as well as those who’ve lost a loved one by other means.“Everence: for the ones who make us, shake us, and break us,” the website said.Despite the safety precautions, this practice doesn’t come without risks: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns consumers of potential infections and dangers of tattoos. (And so do my parents.)DNA is slated to be the next big thing in data storage, while high-tech tattoos are sweeping the medical community. Read more about deoxyribonucleic acid and tats on

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