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Squamish tattoo enthusiast aims for Inked magazine cover

Locals can vote for Sabrina Sarvas, who hopes to share her passion for tattoos by making it to the cover of the magazine devoted to body art.

Squamish's Sabrina Sarvas is passionate about her 16 or so tattoos and hopes to share that passion by making it onto the cover of Inked magazine. 

The two-decade-old online site dedicated to the convergence of art, culture, music and, of course, tattoos has an annual contest to find the next Inked female cover model. 

The winner also gets US$25,000, a trip to the Bahamas on a private jet for a photo shoot and a tattoo session with renowned tattoo artist and television personality Ryan Ashley.

Sarvas started her tattoo love early—and with the permission of her mom—when she was 14 years old.

It was a tribal sign on her lower back.

Today, she has between 16 and 20 tattoos, though she is unsure exactly how many she has. 

"I'll have to count," she said. 

Her body art has been inked by various artists, including a couple at Squamish's Grateful Tattoo.

Asked what she loves about getting tattoos, she said it was a hard question. 

"I just love it," she said, matter-of-factly. "I like that you can basically just wear your heart on your sleeve."

She doesn't regret any of the tattoos she has gotten so far.

She has an arm tattoo that her kids designed—she has three children—and the rest were simply pieces of art she wanted. 

"'I've never had a tattoo where I was like, ‘Oh my God, why did I do that?’ Never had that feeling. Never. I never will. I'm going to continue getting tattoos. I've got to work on my legs now," she said. 

Given her love of tattoos, it is unsurprising that if she won the Inked grand prize, she said she would use the money to get more tattoos. 

When not spending time with her kids or getting tattoos, Sarvas likes to work out at local gym, Squamish Barbell.

Vote or find out more about her on her Inked voting page.

Voting for the Top 10 ends Thursday, Feb. 29th at 7 p.m. PST.

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