Getting someone’s name or image tattooed on your body used to be the ultimate in confessing your love for someone, right? Not anymore. Tattoos that contain the DNA of your loved one are now being described as the ultimate bond.

Everence is DNA that has undergone the patented process of micronisation, sterilisation and microencapsulation so that it can be added into any new or existing tattoo. The DNA can be taken from cheek cells using a swab or from cremated ashes.

According to the company website, this is a revolutionary technology that allows you to capture the essence of what is truly meaningful to you, and carry it with you on your journey through life. The idea is the brainchild of Patrick Duffy who wanted to find new ways of connecting people while honouring those they may have lost. Duffy and Dr Edith Mathiowitz, a professor at the Centre for Biomedical Engineering at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, have successfully patented the technology. The resulting company is called Endeavor Life Sciences.

DNA samples are sent to Endeavor’s laboratory in Quonset, Rhode Island, where the material is milled, sterilised and enclosed in polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), a medical grade material, to form a powder. This can then be brought to a tattoo artist and added to any type of inks.

Duffy is now investigating whether paintings, textiles and other sentimental items can be instilled with Everence.

“The science of forever is a tricky business. It’s not an easy thing to do, but we’ve done it. We have created a way for people to keep their loved ones’ DNA with them forever”, said Dr Mathiowitz.