FROM CORPORATE ADVERTISING TO CHOPSTICK INKING
Sarah Lu always had a flair for drawing but needed to make a living. So she wound up working in advertising. After 15 years in the industry, she felt the 9-5 grind was stifling her. Against the advice of everyone around her, she jacked in a steady career and set off around the globe to learn the ancient art of handpoke tattooing.
She steadily got to grips with the technique on basic designs, but felt the method was holding back her potential to go bigger. So she switched to an electric machine. "I tried three times and I couldn't do it. I thought I'm not going to be able to tattoo these epic pieces, because of this bloody machine."
"I literally went from small and simple, to this massive piece and then all my work flew from there."
She defied the norm and found success on her own. And Sarah Lu's just getting started. Her time this year will be divided between tattooing in the UK, and teaching at an orphanage in rural Vietnam. She first visited 10 years ago and made a promise to herself she'd do something for the kids there.
"Everyone has been trying to talk me out of it because there are so many reasons against me doing it, including my safety. But, of course, I'm going anyway."