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Artist Sarah Rivas

Contact Me for Walk-Ins!

Diego Tattoo is happy to accommodate tattoos on a walk-in and appointment basis. Walk-ins are typically small tattoos (under 5 inches) that can be drawn and completed on the spot. Larger pieces such as half-sleeves, back pieces, etc require far more preparation and therefore an appointment.

Again – please call ahead to see if a walk-in is best for your tattoo idea. Contact Diego Tattoos @ 619-246-5226

About Sarah

Lots of people want to be tattoo artists, but few are willing to move across the country just for an apprenticeship. Sara came all the way from Florida for the opportunity to apprentice at Diego Tattoo Gallery; we’re glad she did, and you’ll be glad, too. Sara has always loved art and creative expressionism. She’s also passionate about inclusion and representation of marginalized communities. As a tattooist, Sara merges her artistic background with her respect for the human body (in all its beautiful shapes, sizes and colors) to create tattoos that make people feel comfortable, accepted and happy in their own skin. A lot of Sara’s clients are queer, trans, and people of color, representing her inclusive, body-positive tattoo style. If you’re interested in working with Sara, stop by the shop or submit a request for consult below. You can also connect with Sara on Instagram to talk about your tattoo ideas, or schedule your tattoo consultation with Sara online.

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Get To Know Sarah:

What made you want to be a tattoo artist?

First and foremost, the thing that made want to be a tattoo artist was my love of art and creating. At a certain point I realized I liked the idea of using the body as a canvas. I was working in an unfulfilling job for a long time and it made me pretty miserable, so I knew that it was time to find something I was passionate about. I turned to tattooing, and I’ve never looked back.

What’s your background?

I come from a family of artists and have been creating my whole life. I’ve been the apprentice at Diego Tattoo Gallery for about a year and a half now so I’m still getting started.

What styles do you specialize in or prefer to work on?

I love learning about all styles, but mostly I love blackwork. I also enjoy creating surreal, femme-centered art, especially anything with plants and flowers in it.

What are your goals as a tattoo artist?

My goal is to continue to learn as much as I can through my career and travel for guest spots.

Are there any requests that you turn down?

Earlier on in my apprenticeship I turned things down that I didn’t feel I was ready for as an artist. Now, I try not to turn anything down as every request is a learning experience, unless it’s something completely out of my wheelhouse, like realism—but even that is something I hope I can try my hand at someday.

How do you work with your clients?

The most important thing to me is making sure my clients are comfortable and happy. Tattooing is intimate and can be vulnerable for the person being tattooed. A lot of my clients are queer/trans/POC, and I strive to make them feel safe and respected. As a member of a marginalized community myself, there is pretty much nothing that matters more to me in my work.

Who is your ideal client?

I welcome everyone. It’s an honor to be chose by anyone for a tattoo, but I especially love a client who is flexible and receptive to advice so that together we can come up with the best piece of art possible.

What makes Diego Tattoo Studio the best tattoo shop in San Diego?

Diego Tattoo has some of the most amazing tattoo artists, but I think the main thing that sets us apart is that we are a welcoming and safe space for a lot of people who can oftentimes feel out of place in a tattoo studio.

How do we connect with you online?

IG – @inkyminaj