Runner up on Ink Master - Season 2

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I go a long time between entries to update... sorry.

So I came in second on Ink Master. Not too shabby for someone tattooing for only seven years now. This month, today actually, is the anniversary of when I started tattooing in 2006. Ashley Claypool was my roommate in college at the time, a kick ass artist and tattooist. She saw my art and convinced me to try my  hand at tattooing, of which I was really stubborn and it took her a few months to convince me. I am so grateful that she did. That moment changed my life.

I might not have taken the craft seriously at first, it was something that brought me happiness as I tried to figure out the new medium. I tattooed part time for several years at a few of the local shops around Pittsburgh, but it wasn't until 2009 that I came to make a really hard decision. I was working for a graphic design firm and tattooing after I got off at night - between the two jobs I was putting in over 80 hours a week. The graphic job was steady, full benefits, and above average pay. I wasn't making that much tattooing. My friends and family cautioned me to give up tattooing and keep working at the job I had, but with every day I was going into the office, something was dying inside of me. In the end, despite everyone telling me to take the safe route I quit my job and devoted everything into tattooing.

I got a job at Jester's Court in December 2009, and attended my first convention as an artist a few months later in Baltimore. I thought I was pretty good until I walked around that convention, seeing what people could actually do with the medium. I was so humbled. From that point onward I redoubled my efforts, working 7 days a week, 12 hours a day or more, struggling to improve to the point where other artists looked at my tattoos and marveled the same way I marveled at that first convention.

I've come a long way, since then. In no way, however, am I complacent. There are still vast possibilities out there, new ideas to pursue, and improvement on my own part to achieve. Thank you to everyone who supported me on the show, who has looked at and appreciated my art. You guys are the reason I'm able to  succeed.
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daPatches's avatar
I remember when you first took up tattooing, mostly doing friends and stuff and you've certainly come a long way! I really respect artists that are willing to put their work (especially the original illustrations created by the artist themselves from scratch) onto people's bodies forever. That's ridiculously intimidating. I have problems not destroying things months after I make it because I know I can now do better than that and I see all the flaws. To know your art is out there, walking around on a person in a meaningful way is big.

It's very cool to see the career you've built for yourself on the balls it takes to be a tattooist. Even the artists you work with are great, my friend is peeing himself over the work he's getting done at your shop by one of your people.
76Bev's avatar
Go Sarah! I thought you were robbed! Easy the best tattoo artist on ink master.
Shadow-Saber's avatar
Rock on Sarah!!! \m/_ ^o^ _ \m/ You're an inspiration to us fanboys/girls everywhere...
cyclonicleo's avatar
You blew me away on Ink Master, even more so when you showed real passion and courage for the art form. Its one of the reasons why I admire your work. Well done!
HPTesla's avatar
Being that I'm a fellow artist from Pittsburgh, you've inspired me! I didnt get my first tattoo until I was 29(Im now 30 and have 5 large ones and growing). People had been telling me to go into the medium for years, but Im one of those people that wants to do everything so Im constantly distracted! The point is, your art has inspired me to practice more and to be a better artist. I found an excellent black and grey artist who has agreed to take me on as an apprentice and a lot of that inspiration comes from the work I've seen you create. Thank you for that! From one fellow geek to another, thank you! ;-)
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PunkyJunky's avatar
You're an amazing person and I admire your work.I just recently applied for an art college in Georgia.So I going to work hard to become a better artist just like what you did too.
DelinquentDuo's avatar
I'm glad you're doing what you love. I know I've said it before, but since I saw you and the others on Ink Master, I've developed a lot more respect for tattoo artists in general.
rickcressen's avatar
And I'm glad it's worked out for ya! I enjoyed seein' the stuff you posted after we met back at AnimeNEXT 2007, even if I didn't comment a whole lot and stuff. Hell, I think it gave me a slight nudge to get a couple of my own tats done. :P

Once again, kudos for getting runner-up on the show. Definitely nothing to sneeze at. I have a feeling too that there's been an increase in business since? I have no idea how much television appearances change business. XD
Super proud of you Sarah! All your fans LOVE your work and those that don't know who you are, are just as blown away when they see the work you do.
Chicky-chai's avatar
I love my orchid more each day, thank you for becoming the artist you were ment to be I can't wait to see you again in Baltimore! Keep up the amazing work chicka!
AlixBranwyn's avatar
Aww, thank you for the mention Sarah. I am so proud of how far you have come with all of your work and your drive is really inspiring to me now. I am really glad that I could share with you the basics on tattooing after I had recently learned them myself since I now see how far you can really take it when you throw yourself completely into it, which while I never did, I am really happy to see that you did because your work is absolutely amazing. You may not have won the competition but you definitely proved that your passion can take you places and that you will continue to let it do that. I am really happy for you in all of your success. :)
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