“I think my art definitely plays a role in my modeling,” says Sarah Claxton, an accomplished tattoo model, artist and entrepreneur. “It’s the creative mind that can be reflected through photos. Whether it’s makeup or costume design, it all plays into the artistic value of the photo.”
A 26-year-old model who loves tattoos, heavy metal and puppies, Sarah also owns Envied Clothing. “My goal for Envied was to create an environment for any person who has ever felt like they don’t belong to have somewhere where they felt like they could be themselves.”
Having grown up in Knoxville, Tennessee, Sarah loves the beautiful natural scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains and the surrounding areas, but proudly adds: “The fact that my family lives here is my favorite thing.”
I see more new models everyday than ever before. I think it’s pretty exciting to see women being confident enough to try their hand at it. Everyone has to start somewhere – the key is to not give up.
I’ve always been into art since I was a kid and as a teenager I was introduced to the tattoo culture. I loved seeing people use art as a way to reflect themselves. I owned pretty much every tattoo magazine you could think of and always wanted to be a tattoo model. Little did I know it would actually happen.
My favorite piece that I created is a white charcoal drawing of me and my brother. We were wrapped up in Christmas lights and that piece made it into the Knoxville Museum Of Art. I don’t think my dad has ever been so proud and that piece still hangs in his house.
HEAVY METAL CLIENTELE
Having Corey Taylor of Slipknot as an art client was dream-like for me. As a teenager and even to this day I’m a huge maggot. Slipknot was the first band that actually introduced me to heavy music and it helped me through a lot of hard times in my adolescent years. To have my role model as a client is unreal. I still can’t believe it.
Everyone is going to judge me for this one, but I love chocolate. I will totally eat an entire box of chocolates in one sitting. I also enjoy playing with puppies, especially corgis! I am definitely a bubbly cheerleader trapped in a goth girl’s body.
The best advice I can give to someone is don’t let those that hate on you stop you. Don’t dwell on the negativity from others. Realize that you are worth something and chase your dreams no matter what.
A BETTER PLACE
I think we can make the world a better place by simply supporting each other as human beings. Too often we let the sense of competition and jealousy get in the way and we forget who we are as people, that we all have the same common goal.
So many times I’ve heard that people are intimidated by me or think that I’m just a mean person. Most of the time these people have never talked to me. That is a huge misconception. I will talk to anyone and like I said before, I’ve got a bubbly personality.
AT THE MOVIES
The Crow is my favorite movie. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Eric Draven and related to him on many levels. In my youth I felt very alone and experienced loss often. So, it was comforting to me that the character of Eric had the same characteristics as I did.
FAVE BANDS / FAVE ALBUMS
As I Lay Dying – Shadows Are Security
Parkway Drive – Horizons
The Black Dahlia Murder – Nocturnal
My ultimate goal is to show all women that you don’t have to look a certain way or be a certain size to model. Your own confidence is where the true beauty lies. Many times throughout my modeling career I was told “No,” but if it is something that you believe in – keep trying! There is no reason you should give up ever in what you want in this life. Many women tell me how I inspire them and how I’ve helped them finally be able to accept themselves for who they are and my goal is to continue to do so.
I think the coolest thing is how many covers I’ve made and being signed by many modeling agencies that I’ve only dreamed about.