New life for those idle cremains
Looking for a better way to memorialize your loved ones? Get photo prints with their ashes mixed in.
Leaving aside my somewhat atypical views on death and ancestor worship, the concept of mixing up a cocktail of printer inks and ashes of dead people to create memorial prints--at $70 to $150 bucks a pop--leaves me with a big case of the ickies. But inkafterlife.com clearly feels no such squeamishness.
Who knows--there may be some big subculture of Goth scrapbookers out there waiting for just such a confluence of hobbies. And similar urn-obsolescing products such as Carbon Gems, Breath Capture and Petglash make bringing out your dead look like a booming cottage industry.
Perhaps the sadder commentary is that once my imaging buddies and I here at CNET got over our initial "ew," the questions started: What printer are they using? Are these archival-quality prints? How do the ashes affect the dynamic range? Is there a gloss deficit? I'm waiting for a call from the company for answers to these burning questions.