08/13/2013 10:17 EDT | Updated 10/13/2013 05:12 EDT

Tattoo library being assembled by York professor

York University professor Deborah Davidson is creating an archive of what she calls "memorial tattoos," in a bid to catalogue the stories behind various symbols people ink into their skin.

Davidson describes her project as an effort to collect the types of tattoos that are "in memory or honour of persons living or dead, animals, [or] events in a person's life course that have particular meaning to them."

The tattoos and stories behind them will become part of a website that launches next year, CBC's Stephanie Matteis reports.

CORRECTION: An Earlier version of this story misidentified Deborah Davidson as Mandy Siatkowski,