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Minocqua man fights homelessness with tattoo fundraiser Submitted: 10/19/2018
Adriana Michelle
Adriana Michelle
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Minocqua man fights homelessness with tattoo fundraiser
MINOCQUA - Michael Medrano turns markings into artwork. He's well aware of the dark marks in his past.

"I was shot three times. Stabbed," said Medrano. "I knew that my luck was running out and I needed to change my life around or else I was going to be dead."

Medrano's tainted past is now pushing him to make a new mark on his life.

"I got clean and became self sufficient," said Medrano.

He's been sober for 30 years and has the job of his dreams.


"I've always wanted to be a tattoo artist," said Medrano. "I remember watching my brother stick and poke his friends. He was my idol. I wanted to be just like my older brother."

He's hosting a tattoo fundraiser, Friday and Saturday, at Walking Art Tattoos for a local program close to his heart. 

"Because at one time, a long time ago, I was homeless myself," said Medrano. 

75 percent of the day's proceeds will go to Rhinelander's homeless shelter, Federick Place. 

Medrano has volunteered for the organization before, but wanted to do something a little different to get his customers involved. 

"We are starting off at $25 and up," said Medrano "Our normal minimum is $60. So we are giving everyone a break."

Medrano hopes his work can draw a road map for others to get their lives back on tack. 

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