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Photo of the Day: Tattooed Artist and Musician Draws Stares on Mission Street

Sam Medeiros has returned to Santa Cruz to study anthropology at Cabrillo College.

It was hard not to pull over the car and ask Sam Medeiros what was up with his totally covered face when he was walking on Mission Street heading to Burger King.

There are plenty of tattoos in the Cruz, but few with this kind of lifelong commitment.

Medeiros, 40, is an artist and musician who has been living in Portland for 15 years and has returned to Santa Cruz to study anthropology at Cabrillo College.

He started getting body art here 16 or 17 years ago and adds two tattoos a year. The face work was done in Portland.

Patch asked him some questions.

Why did you cover your whole face?

"It's who I am."

Was it a hard decision?

"Yes, of course. You should think seriously about all tattoos."

What was the toughest part?

"Having the balls to do it."

How have the responses been?

"Mostly positive."

What has been the most negative response you've gotten?

"Rednecks yelling faggot out of their trucks. Normal stupid stuff."

What's been the most positive?

"Getting laid."

Will you cover every inch of your body?

"I'm working on it, if I live that long."

Rising together January 05, 2013 at 03:58 AM
while certainly an act of expression, sadly, it is also an act that will limit his options. Like it or not, this extreme act will not be accepted in the main stream. Perhaps he will never need to worry about making a living by working in a regular job.
Brad Kava January 05, 2013 at 04:21 AM
I was afraid to tell him he might not be able to run for president..but who knows...?
frobert January 06, 2013 at 09:34 PM
He would be SO much more attractive with some dental work! Don't ya think!?

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