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Christopher's Ashes

Just over a year ago Laurie had to put her cat Christopher — who was more like a brother to her, she says — to sleep due to cancer and kidney failure. He was one of the few sources of happiness in her life and she was devastated to have to let him go. With the help of Brian Decker, she now has him by her side forever in the form of a skin removal scarification with Christopher’s ashes rubbed into it.
Laurie writes of her experience, which occurred September 29th, 2007 at 2pm, the one year anniversary of Christopher’s passing, after having set up the apointment and gone through a design process with Brian over the previous month.

The day of my appointment I happened to find Christopher’s red collar with a bell on it. I wore through out my scarification as well as my whole trip to New York.

September 29th rolled around and I arrived at the shop a little early. Brian brought out the drawing and we looked over it again — tears had welled up in my eyes the first time I saw it. It wasn’t long before we headed into the room where I would be spending the next couple of hours getting cut.
Brian was so nice and it was easy for me to feel comfortable and relaxed in his chair. It’s not easy for me to feel comfortable or relaxed around people I don’t know, but for whatever reason I was with him. He began to tell me the aftercare instructions before he started anything. Everything there was very clean. He was pulling the tools he’d need out of the autoclave as I was walking into the room. He asked if I was nervous at all, and I said yes, but that I was more excited than nervous.

He put the stencil on and began his beautiful work (my words, not his). Here goes nothing. He started the first cut, and it was not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. It hurt less than the tattoo on my lower stomach. Parts of it even tickled, and no, I am not kidding — Brian thought it was odd. After a while the cat was done and when he was cleaning it up he placed a paper towel on it and there was a bloody outline of the cat which he decided to make dance. Again, I laughed. I loved it. Brian is a great guy and I’m grateful that people like him are in this world.

Next the name was cut, and after he was done with the name he cleaned it off again and we rubbed Christopher’s ashes in. That, from the whole experience, probably hurt the most.

This was one of the best things to happen to me in my life, and meant and means so much to me. I can’t begin to put it into words how amazing this whole thing was; something very deep for me. I will cherish this forever. Thank you Brian!

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