ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Sara Fogle

by Maggie See

Artwork: Sara Fogle

Artwork: Sara Fogle

Athens has its very own Wonder Woman, and her name is Sara Fogle. She’s a multi-talented tattoo artist and dog mom who owns her own business and spends her spare time at SBG Athens (and has even won some ribbons in fitness competitions). But don’t be intimidated—she’s normal like the rest of us and loves to kick back and watch Netflix with the dogs, also.

Sara is the owner of Chico Lou’s Fine Tattoos, located inside Model Citizen Salon on Prince Avenue since 2015. The shop was named after Chico Lou, a fancy and fantastic Chihuahua who was also the subject of her first pet portrait, featuring his favorite stuffed unicorn. Even though the world lost Chico Lou last year, Sara and her husband currently have a pack of three pretty awesome dogs: Chug, a Chihuahua/Pug mix; Diddy, a Chinese Crested; and Nugget, a Pug mix. 

Although Sara has been an artist her whole life, she had a breakthrough moment around seven years ago while waitressing downtown at The Grill. After overcoming a rough patch in life that unfortunately included a hand injury, she started to draw again and noticed a fellow waitress (and her eventual best friend) drawing on the back of her ticket book. Having only a pen, she was nervous about making a mistake. Luckily, she was reminded, “But isn’t that what art is? You make mistakes and keep going.” The sketches she did after that gave her the confidence she needed to really pursue a career in art, eventually opening Chico Lou’s. 

While her tattooing style varies from detailed, realistic pieces to more fantasy-type things, abstract linework, and really everything in between, Sara has a very distinct style in the pet portraits she does on paper. Her ability to capture the exact likeness of a loved one is nothing short of impressive. You can really tell she loves animals in the way she draws them. She says, “I’ve been told by art teachers that my art had to have something to say. It has to mean something. I guess mine says ‘I love dogs.’” 

Sara, aka Wonder Woman, at Boo-le-Bark's 2017 Halloween parade.

Sara, aka Wonder Woman, at Boo-le-Bark's 2017 Halloween parade.

You may recognize Sara from the most recent Boo-le-Bark Parade where she walked in costume as Wonder Woman. That costume is the same she spent months making and wore to DragonCon for 2017. Twenty years after attending her first DragonCon, she put together this Wonder Woman costume that she says has been her favorite so far. “The best part was taking pictures with excited little girls. When I handed off my plastic sword, it was always received with reverence.” She even performed a wedding as Wonder Woman once! 

Bilateral carpal tunnel/cubital tunnel surgery in November slowed her down some and gave Sara a chance to realize that in 2018, she wants to remember to create art that truly brings her joy. If you’d like to keep up with her growing empire, be sure to follow Chico Lou’s Fine Tattoos on Facebook,and on Instagram at @saramachenart!