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Sarah Gaugler - May 2013

You won’t need to ink these pages on your skin to remember singer and tattoo artist Sarah Gaugler
by Anton D. Umali | May 8, 2013
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So the director of the Cinemalaya film [Christopher Ad Castillo, son of icon auteur
Celso Ad Castillo] you’re in called you the punk rock Audrey Hepburn. How does that nickname sit with you?
I love Audrey Hepburn! As far as my lifestyle goes, it’s always been about what I love, which is my band Turbo Goth, tattooing, and making art.

Speaking of rock ’n’ roll, how is your band Turbo Goth doing? Any new things fans can look forward to?
We just recently released a new music video! It’s called “New Star Energy” you can check it out on We are working on our second album! For gig schedules and band updates, our website is

For those less familiar, how would you describe your style of music?
Our music is best experienced live. We are an electronic rock duo. We use a synthesizer, drum machine, heavy rock riffs, with my icy vocals. People say we sound like The White Stripes, Nine inch Nails, Muse, and Bjork mixed together.

You are also a prolific tattoo artist. How did your fascination with ink start?
Being a visual artist, I started tattooing in 2008. Me and my fiance [Paolo Peralta, also the other half of Turbo Goth] got the idea because none of us knew any female tattoo artists at that time. I’m always interested in doing things that are different; challenging myself to do a “man’s job” was very appealing to me. It was so hard at first, but I stuck it through. I took my illustrations from paper and put it on skin. And now we have Snow Tattoo!

Where did the name come from?
I would like to believe that the tattoos that I give have a unique signature style that only I can produce. Someone who wants to have an original tattoo done by me should go to Snow Tattoo, because like a snowflake, no two designs are ever exactly alike.

What’s the best advice you can give people who are seeking out a tattoo?
A good way to start is to search for inspiration first. Check out tattoo artists’ portfolios and designs. Make sure they will be able to render it the way you imagine it. Think before you ink! My elbow tattoo was super painful. It hurt so much but I want another one already! Why does it hurt so much but feels so good after? It’s a mystery. You’d have to be tattooed to understand.

For more of Sara, buy a copy of FHM's May 2013 issue! Or download the digital version here!

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Photography Paolo Pineda Styling Pat Ragadio for StyleList Inc Makeup and Hair Anna Castaño

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