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Art & Life with Sara Rivas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sara Rivas.

Sara, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I have been drawing since I was a kid, my dad is an artist and a lot of other people in my family are too. I grew up in the Dominican Republic til I was 11 and then moved to FL.

For a long time I didn’t want to pursue art as a career because I felt like it would make me stop loving it, I didn’t take art classes in school until college and even then it was only a couple of very basic ones. Art has always been an important part of my life but it’s not until recently that I’ve really gotten super serious about making it my main focus. I moved to San Diego less than a year ago for a tattoo apprenticeship at Diego Tattoo Gallery and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’ve always leaned towards blackwork in drawing and now in tattooing although I am working on learning and mastering color too. I like drawing female bodies but I want my art to be inclusive and body positive and I strive to make art that is representative of marginalized folks who don’t often get to see themselves depicted in mainstream. I am Afrolatina and I know how hard it often is to find art that depicts the experience of being a black woman.

I also draw from pop culture and whatever feelings and thoughts I’m having at the moment. My favorite thing is getting to see the way that people interact with and find meaning in things I’ve drawn. If I can make art that makes someone feel comforted or happy or seen then that is truly all I can ask for.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
I am really lucky to be surrounded by artist now and in the last town I lived. I think the best things to do is find art events and try to get into a community of artist and making time to create together, have art nights, invite friends who aren’t necessarily artist but want to create. Other artists will encourage you and give you ideas plus its way more fun. It can be hard because everyone is busy but you just gotta keep trying to make it happen because even if it’s just once in a while it’s worth it.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 3434 University Ave. San Diego CA 92104
  • Website:
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  • Instagram: @inkyminaj
  • Twitter: @weremomcat

Image Credit:
Trevor Thompson @trevordeanphotos

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