Tattoo artist uses ashes of loved ones


ANCHORAGE (CNN) – A tattoo artist in Alaska has found a unique way to help clients remember their lost loved ones.

It’s a regular day in the office for tattoo artist Miss Judy. That often means leaving her mark to help people deal with loss.

“It’s really nice to help them, that’s for sure. It’s very emotional. It’s hard sometimes,” tattoo artist Miss Judy.

Each client has their own way to remember a loved one but only a few make a special request. Using that person’s ashes as a part of the tattoo.

“You’re getting very, very, very tiny amount in there, but you are getting the ash. And that’s what makes people happy,” tattoo artist Miss Judy.

It’s what Dayna Durr decided to do after her 15-year-old daughter Jordyn and her best friend, Brooke, were killed by a drunk driver.

“She came from my body. I gave birth to her. I created her. And now that she’s passed and her physical self is no longer with me, the ashes can signify her returning to my body,” said Durr.

The tattoo shows three flowers, one for each of her kids and a black heart showing a mom and daughter.

“Jordyn’s ashes are in the black silhouette of the mother and daughter. And since it’s shaped like a heart it just to me means our eternal love,” said Durr.

Dayna says Jordyn is always with her spiritually but this was a way to keep her physically close.

“The placement of it I put just so that if – it could be symbolic, could be silly on my part — I liked it so that I could hold it to my heart,” said Durr.

Judy says she’s an artist and a therapist for helping people grieve. Dayna was no exception.

“We all have to develop our coping strategies throughout life, and this is one that really helps me to feel good about keeping her memory,” said Durr.

Like her tattoo, Dayna’s bond with Judy is permanent.

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