Sandy Alvarez’s tattooed and glamorous self splashed onto the IPL scene at the April 2018 IPL SoCal Classic in Covina, California. With her fun blend of edgy and chic, she impressed landing a top 5 spot in three divisions, including a 3rd place finish in Evening Gown Open. In this feature, miss Alvarez shares the story of her ink and her style.
SEAM: How many tattoos do you have?
SANDY ALVAREZ: I have nine tattoos.
SEAM: Do you plan on getting more?
SA: Most definitely. I already have my next three sessions scheduled. Since all my tattoos are on the left side of my body, the new additions will complete that. I want all my tattoos to become one masterpiece.
SEAM: Why are all your tattoos on the left side?
SA: As a southpaw (left handed), that’s the side most deserving of the emblems that I hold most important. It’s my strongest side.
SEAM: Do you have a favorite?
SA: My favorite, meaning-wise, is the one on my left shoulder blade. My grandma and I were really close. Every summer my family and I would visit my grandma in Texas for a month. Our yearly routine was to go into her back yard to capture butterflies and ladybugs, put them in beautiful self-made glass homes, feed, nourish, and release them. The skull signifies her death, but the butterfly and the ladybug signify that her soul will forever be on that journey with me. Losing her really impacted my life. This tattoo was a form of grief with accepting the fact that she was gone, but it reassured me she will never forgotten.
SEAM: Where do you go to get your work done? A few shops, or do you stick with one shop/artist?
SA: I’ve had work done by a couple of artists around the countries I’ve visited. However, for the past three years, I’ve been going to the only artist that will be doing my work from now on. Richard! He has been in the business for 10 years now and his work is amazing. His Instagram accounts are @Kolormebadd and @neeedlediick.
SEAM: Tell us how it started back in the days. What was the main trigger for your decision to get your first tattoo?
SA: I’ve noticed the majority of my tattoos have been a form of ink therapy. It all started getting picked up from school my senior year. We were driving past a tattoo shop and I mentioned to my mom that I wanted a tattoo. Due to my being afraid of small piercings, her response was “you won’t do it. You’re such a Winnie.” I laughed and challenged her. She then said, “if you get the guts to do it, I will even pay for it.” She was so sure that I wouldn’t do it. We shook on it, and the rest is history.
SEAM: You SEAM to merge tats and glam in a pretty awesome way as was evident in your showing at the IPL SoCal Classic back in April. What or who inspires you?
“Tattoos are not a giveaway for who is classy and who is not. Class, manners, and integrity are all things that come from the inside.”
SA: My older sister has always been my role model. The world we live in is beyond judgmental at times. My sister is a Deputy Sheriff and she has seven tattoos. Some people look at people with tattoos with shame. But looking at my sister in civilian clothes she just looks like a badass chick with confidence, if you ask me! We got our first tattoo together! When she’s out there saving children from accidents or arresting someone that is acting badly in the neighborhood, her ink doesn’t stop her. I’m very transparent…my tattoos are for me. No matter how many lovers or haters of ink there are, at the end of day I’m the one who owns them. Tattoos are not a giveaway for who is classy and who is not. Class, manners, and integrity are all things that come from the inside. Character cannot be drawn up and inked on.
The girl with her thigh tattooed as well as her stomach, could be a whole lot sweeter and smarter than the woman who’s next to her who’s never seen the inside of a shop. Each and every one of my tattoos represents a struggle in my life that I overcame.
SEAM: Who is your gown by?
SA: My evening gown was made by Anabel Nox. This beautiful masterpiece was a gift from my coach for my dedication. So, the price was my sweat and tears over a sixteen week prep. I was beyond humbled and grateful that I was able to rock that gown at IPL.
SEAM: It SEAMS like 2018 is a great year for you so far! What other plans do you have for this year? What can we expect from Sandy Alvarez?
“…with the right circle of influence, the right mentors, and the right go-to person…anything is possible.”
SA: I want to take my fitness journey to the next level. Losing 75 pounds, competing in my first fitness competition and placing within the top five in more than one category was a great accomplishment. However, I’m not stopping there. Every year my goal was to get to my high school weight, and every year I failed.
Being a full-time student, employed full-time, in addition to running two self-employed businesses, (Real Estate and Notary Public) I didn’t believe I could even make it to the gym, let alone prep to compete. Against all odds, I now know that with the right circle of influence, the right mentors, and the right go-to person to snap you out of it when you’re down, anything is possible.
So what can you expect from Sandy Alvarez? You can expect me to work relentlessly until I earn my Pro Card! In addition to my fitness journey, this August you can expect for me to walk the stage to receive not only my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology but a couple of months later, I will also walk the stage to receive my diploma for my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. Thank you again for this amazing opportunity! SEAM