Dundee University Starts Tattoo Forensics Project

The BBC reported this week that Dundee University has appealed to people around the globe to email them pictures of their tattoos and piercings. The images will go into a giant “body modification” database for use by forensic experts. The university said the project could help identify bodies by establishing tattoos or piercings common in specific areas.

Professor Sue Black, who leads the university’s Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, said the database could be very useful when trying to identify victims of a disaster, like the Asian Tsunami in 2004. Major incidents like the Asian Tsunami left thousands of unidentified bodies, with investigators working to narrow down the possibilities by any means they could.

“What we are trying to do is create a classification system of body modifications which may aid in describing the wide variety of modifications seen” Professor Black said, “If we can add body modifications to that list of parameters that allow us to successfully complete this hugely important process of identification then we will have added another major tool to the investigative process.”

Will you be sending photos of your tattoos in??

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