Salt Lake City has fostered a steadfast tattooing scene for a couple decades now. It seems like no matter where you go within the city limits or beyond, there is an established shop to be found with committed, knowledgable, skilled and wise people on the tattoo machine. So you may have time to plan your next custom piece or esoteric flash once the heat dies down, SLUG has compiled images of tattooers’ work and their thoughts on their craft. Since it’s impossible to include everyone involved in local tattooing in one issue of SLUG, we’re mixing it up with a range of tattooers from different shops with a range of professional backgrounds, experience, etc. to depict a segment of the current local-tattooing mosaic of SLC/Utah.
Shop: Yellow Rose Tattoo • 2006 S. 900 East • 801.415.9596 • @yellowrosetattoos
Years tattooing: five.
Where you apprenticed and for how long: Under Luis Flores at Yellow Rose.
What styles of tattooing you favor/specialize in: I like to do bold and bright tattoos heavily influenced by classic Americana imagery. I also bring influences from all other cultures and alternative art wherever I can find it.
Favorite subject matter: Fantasy art is my favorite because you can make it up.
Tattooer you admire: Tattooers who influence my work include Luis Flores, Ed Hardy, Greg Irons, Bob Roberts, Jack Rudy and most of the tattooing through the ’70’s–’80s.
Nerdiest thing you know about tattooing: Lost faith in tattooers and their ability to draw you a custom tattoo and give you the best version of what you want, even though it’s not what someone expected. We think about tattooing all day, every day. We’ve got lots of ideas and know what does and doesn’t work best. Trust your tattooer.
Best tattooing tunes to play in the shop: Tattooing and heavy metal just go together. Black Sabbath worship.
Shoutouts: I owe thanks to everyone who’s worked at Yellow Rose and Cathedral Tattoo.
Find a selection of Sara’s works below:
All photos courtesy of Jason Sara