Sarah began her professional career as an artist after she graduated Magna cum Laude from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 2008 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Graphic Design. While attending the Art Institute, she apprenticed under Alex Branwin (AKA Ashley Claypool), setting her on the path to become a tattoo artist.
Following graduation, she worked in the graphic design industry for two years, during which time she had the pleasure of working on national campaigns with several design firms based out of Pittsburgh. With a desire to push herself even further as an artist, she left the graphic design field to focus on tattooing full time. The skill set she acquired during her time in field has given her a well-rounded education and a deeper understanding of her artistic subject matter.
In exploring her tattoo skill set, she found a deep love of portraiture and photo-realism, which she has honed during the past nine years. She would consider this her specialty and it is one of her favorite styles. Some of the great masters that have influenced her style range from master painters from antiquity, such as Jaques Louis David, and Alphonse Mucha to modern painters and tattoo artists, like Nikko Hurtado, Jeff Gogue, and Dimitri Samohin.
In 2012, Sarah achieved her dream of opening her own tattoo studio – Wyld Chyld Pittsburgh – with the help of her long time friend and business associate, Bill DeLuso. A few months after opening the studio’s doors, she had the opportunity to compete on Ink Master Season Two, finishing the contest as the runner up. Being on the show pushed her art to the next level and since then she has been striving to out-do herself with each new tattoo. She believes that tattooing and art are a continuous learning process. Evolving as an artist is always possible as long as you are open to new ideas, techniques, and mediums, and above all remain humble and grateful for each opportunity that life gives you that can further you as an artist and a person.
Following the wrap of Ink Master Season Two, Sarah launched herself into traveling the world, attending conventions, both national and international, competing against some of the best artists in the field and bringing home numerous awards. She has also been awarded the opportunity to lend her artistic eye to the new Spike TV pilot – Ink Shrinks – as one of three artists that will help people find healing through art. At any given moment she has several personal projects in the works. She wants to continue her career, furthering her education, and pushing the boundaries of what is considered tattoo art.
For more examples of Sarah’s work, please visit her Instagram Page.