BARTLESVILLE, OK – A mother has been arrested after allowing her 10-year-old daughter to get a tattoo with ink that contained human ashes.
Jennifer Wilson, 31, is facing child neglect charges after a school counselor at Jane Phillips Elementary School contacted Washington County Child Welfare about a tattoo they noticed on the left side of the girl’s body. Wilson was arrested with her husband, 33-year-old Amos Wilson, during a drug raid Thursday morning. Amos was allegedly breaking bad and making meth inside the home.
After the couple were questioned by police, they learned that the person responsible for giving the young girl the tattoo was an unlicensed tattoo artist, 31-year-old Brandon Brown. He was charged with unlawful tattooing and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He told investigators that despite not having a license to practice, he was a very clean tattoo artist and didn’t expose his clients to any health risks.
I know that the words “clean” and “health risks” can evoke various different definitions depending on the person you ask, but Sgt Elizabeth Mitchell said they checked out Brown’s workspace and found that “there were live and dead baby roaches present, along with roach feces on the open box of disposable gloves.” They also found the ink that was used on the girl had been mixed with human ashes.
I was not aware of this practice, but apparently an urn isn’t good enough anymore. If you truly want to honor a loved one you have burnt to ashes, you must inject some of those ashes into your skin. I did a little Googling, and it seems as if some tattoo artists have been doing this for awhile, and without any of their customers suffering negative consequences. Of course, their ash-ink probably wasn’t infused with roach shit.
For anyone wondering whose ashes were used in the ink, I don’t know. The article didn’t say. I’m assuming they came from Brown’s Pall Mall. You ever notice that whenever you read a title to some of our stories, that you’re never surprised when you see the picture of the accused?Tags: ashes, Child Neglect, Crime, Jennifer Wilson, Oklahoma, tattoo