A Chicago teenager has preserved her late grandmother’s voice with a special soundwave tattoo which has  been heard by millions online.

Singer Sakyrah Morris can hear a voicemail birthday message left by her grandmother by simply hovering her smartphone camera over the soundwave tattoo.

The personalised tattoos are created by company Skin Motion using a combination of audio processing, image recognition and cloud computing.

Ms Morris told The Telegraph she was “extremely close” to her grandmother who passed away in May 2015, a month after she had left her the voice message.

“She was always there to support me with school and even more with my singing career,” said the 19-year-old, who was her first born grandchild.

When her grandmother passed away, Sakyrah “decided to save the voicemail in as many places as I could” and later decided to invest in a soundwave tattoo.  

“About a month ago while working on one of my songs, I started to observe the sound waves on the screen and I thought that it would be great for me to get a tattoo of one with my grandmother’s voicemail,” she added.

“After doing some research, I came across a new company called Skin Motion. Their app allows you to link the image of your tattoo to the audio of your choice, so that when you hold your camera over the tattoo, the audio will play the message. They have a list of tattoo artists that are able to execute this type of tattoo. I found an artist named Shane Ryder at Ritual Addictions Tattoo Shop in Arizona, and he did an amazing job with it.”

She posted a video of her soundwave tattoo on 3 January and it has since racked up almost six million views and inspired others.

“The response that we’ve both been getting has been amazing,” she says. “So many people are now inspired to save messages from their loved ones so that one day they will be able to get a similar tattoo.

“I am extremely grateful to see how my grandmother’s voicemail has affected people all over the world. It is truly overwhelming, but I could not be happier with this experience.”

She added: “Her voice will forever be across my heart.”

The soundwave tattoo is activated using a smartphone app created by Skin Motion, a tattoo artist network and patent-pending cloud platform for augmented reality tattoos.

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