By Pat McKay

The family of a Saskatoon tattoo artist whose skin was preserved after his death says they are in danger of losing possession of the irreplaceable artifacts.

In 2018, the skin bearing the tattoos that covered nearly all of Chris Wenzel’s body was surgically removed after his death and framed by an American company that specializes in the process.

Wenzel’s preserved skin was displayed at the studio he founded, Electric Underground Tattoos.

But according to a GoFundMe page launched by a family friend, the business was hit hard in 2020 after tattoo studios in Saskatchewan were forced to shut down because of COVID-19.

The studio never recovered and the landlord locked the doors due to unpaid rent “and took possession of all the items in the studio including Chris’ remains,” the fundraising page says.

Leanne Thompson-Hill, a friend of Wenzel’s and the organizer of the GoFundMe, told CTV News the total amount owed is $24,753.

Thompson-Hill said she emailed Round Table Management, to ask if they could buy the remains separate from the rest of the seized items.

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