Dead Saskatoon tattoo artist s skin put on display, travelling across Canada
|CTVnews 17 Apr 2019 at 10:39|
Cheryl Wenzel of Saskatoon is now planning that trip from Vancouver to St. John s, N.L., to show off frames of her late husband s preserved tattooed skin.
It was a wish the heavily inked, tattoo artist left for her to fulfil before he died of an illness last October.
A U.S. company that preserves tattoos removed the completed designs from the 41-year-old s body and, after months of waiting, Wenzel recently received four frames showcasing the colourful designs on her husband s body.
The artwork was unveiled at a tattoo expo in Saskatoon and will next be displayed at a conference in Vancouver. The plan is to take the designs on tour to the east coast.
"It s giving myself and my children strength and courage to keep on moving on," Wenzel said this week.
"Through honouring Dad s wishes and to see the pride that he would have with us doing this for him."
Reflecting on her late husband s unusual request, Wenzel, who comes from a family of fur trappers, said at first they joked about it.
"I said, Oh yeah, I ll skin your ass. Don t step out of line."
The whole idea was mind-boggling, she said.
Her family s story has garnered widespread attention and a range of reactions from inspiration to disgust, Wenzel said.
She said she has always been someone to push the limits and hopes that her family s story can encourage people to be respectful.