We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Bobby and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
The thought process was rather quick, fast paced, and exhilarating. Julian Solis and I found that we hold a similar passion for the arts and we longed for a safe environment to create our work in. We found the wonderful Cameron Ironworks Building in East Downtown, Houston after a referral from another wonderful female tattoo artist, Megan Medina (@artbymegs) As you walk in you feel a warmth and a sense of community that was exactly what we were looking for. Once in the space we were able to curate the space we envisioned together, a place that is comfortable for all of our guests.
Being a female tattoo artist there is a harsher environment in the industry that can be difficult to navigate on my own. Using that I strived to find a route that would not only make me feel comfortable but also make my friends and clients feel welcomed and heard. I take care in cultivating my environment to reflect just that, warmth and care. Thus, Two Headed Snake Studios was born.
The significance of the name being that we are two fierce individuals with a shared passion of the arts.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is something that I hold very near and dear to my heart. Since I was a young girl with a doodle bear and drawings all over my jeans that I would be an artist when I grew up.
I have been told that my art is ‘bubbly’ ‘colorful’ ‘femme’ ‘vibrant’ and ‘niche’ – all of which I completely agree and identify with.
I am a tattoo artist that is focusing on a style that is more neo-traditional with my own flare. I strive to create pieces that reflect my style to a point of recognition by passers by.
Focusing on a lot of flora subjects – flowers, mushrooms, leaves – I also love to create pieces including skulls or death related imagery, but make it fun!
I will take a scythe and use an array of colors to enhance a more whimsical feel with bright colors and soft edges.
Trying to curate a style that is my own is also difficult because I really love doing all styles of work! I have so many wonderful clients that bring me the coolest ideas that I will execute to their specifications.
Along the way I have learned that I really have to stick up for what I believe in as an artist and try to keep any negative outside influence from weighing on me. I want every other artist reading this to know that you’re a creative, no one can dictate your art but you.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When I have friends visit me in Houston from back home in Arkansas, I always try to show them a good time!
My favorite date for a visiting friend is lunch at local foods, a visit to the Cockrell Butterfly Center, and a quick stop for a sweet treat at Voodoo Donuts or 85 degree bakery!
If I were to take them out for a night on the town it would have to be a burlesque show at Pearl Bar! The events are to die for and Nikki Knockout the head of The Aphrodisiacts is a stunner – cant miss it. After that there may be a venture over to Rudyard’s for a night cap and then an Uber home (drive responsibly everyone, and share your location with someone when riding in the car)
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Julian Solis – they are my business partner at Two Headed Snake Studios. A talented painter, entrepreneur, and aspirational tattoo artist.
All images of art art mine Portraits done by Eric Atticus Photograhpy ericatticus.com