Pinay tattoo artist inks her name in New York art scene


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Sarah Gaugler literally wears her (he)art on her sleeve.

In a world filled with self-proclaimed, multi-hyphenated millennials, it is a rarity to find a legitimate, accomplished talent who crafts for art and not for social media likes.

Fortunately for me, I stood witness as a bystander when Sarah Gaugler discovered and nurtured her genius before she eventually made a name. Today, the Filipina-American is on The New York Times for her impressive work on reinventing old tattoo choices.

She has gone a long way since rising from her personal tragedies of being orphaned at such a young age, and her difficult childhood in the Philippines that unfolded after that. The University of Santo Tomas graduate, who once graced EDSA’s billboards and Manila’s glossy magazines, has moved beyond her local accolades knowing full well that the world is at her feet.

In 2014, her feet, ingrained with a skull adornment, brought her west – to a Mecca for multi-platform artists like herself– the Big Apple. Here, between gigs with her electronic band Turbo Goth, modeling and doing commissioned art, Gaugler inks people for a living.

People struggling to find something that lasts forever come to her Snow Tattoo studio in Chelsea, New York. And she offers permanency in the form of beautiful custom art for display on one’s personal gallery, the human skin.

But “New York is just the beginning,” she says.

Who knows which international publication will see her next?

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