The "It's Time" Exhibit

It's Time An Uncensored Look at the Time's Up & #MeToo Movements. Curated by: Anuradha Vikram, Artistic Director 18th Street Arts Center. Show Runs July 7-August 11, 2018

I’m thrilled to announce that I have 2 pieces in the @occcart art exhibit “It’s Time: An Uncensored Look at the #TimesUp and #MeTooMovements”

I’m so honored to be a part of this powerful show of support, empathy, and empowerment. It’s small accomplishments like this that inspire me to keep creating the art I feel so passionately about.

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The Unsolicited Dick Pic Project

I recently received my very first UDP (unsolicited dick pic) on Plenty of Fish. I know it's nothing new, people seem to get them all the time. On snapchat, kik, text messages, etc. And I know it's cliche, but until it happens to you, a truly non-consensual, unwelcome dick pic image, you just don't get how disturbing it is. Beyond the fact that most penises are NOT attractive, especially taken out of context of the body they belong to, they are sexually aggressive and completely violate your personal space. Forget boundaries. Forget DECENCY. An unwanted dick pic is too close for comfort to non-consensuality for me. The internet is real. Sending dick pics via dating apps is real. Just because you can hide behind a screen, doesn't mean that your actions, pics, words, anything don't have substance. 

Through the ideation of the #UDPproject, I plan to push Sareytales's concept of turning ugly into art past even my own comfort zone. Instead of transforming these unwanted dick pics into graphic illustrations, I am going to take the actual dick pic and render it into a work of art. The veneer of subtlety that I have tried to to exercise in past designs has dropped to the floor. I hope this project will push the boundaries of my own creativity, and, perhaps will come to help define my brand of "The Art of Online Dating". I feel like this is a pivotal moment in my development as an artist, and in the journey I am taking as a person with Sareytales. 

Stay tuned for future developments.


London Erotic Art Exhibit 2018

I just found out two of my pieces were selected to be a part London's first annual Erotic Art Exhibit in Copeland Park, Peckham Rye! "Lick Them Lips" and "Ball Kicker" will be featured in this event from April 26th-29th. I'm so excited to be a part of this unique event. The Dirty Show in Detroit has ben my only experience so far into the world of erotic art. I am looking forward to seeing how erotica and fine art co-exist around the world. 

Here's a little info about the exhibit:

For the first time in London…. Erotic Art London, a festival to celebrate Erotic art in every imaginable media from all over the world. With art classes, workshops, lectures and talks, an erotic art and design market, top world-class performances, artists and DJ´s on the stage, this is the festival that is for anyone that is interested in art, the collectors, the curious and the hedonists.

Human Nature Exhibit 2018

I am honored to have two pieces selected in Colors of Humanity's "Human Nature" Exhibit. There were so many talented artists who submitted their work, I am so pleased to be included with such talent. 

"This show will run April 1-30, 2018. Artists from around the world were called to submit their work. There were 71 accepted entries and they came from 10 different states in the USA as well as 6 other countries: Lithuania, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Spain, and Taiwan. A variety of styles and mediums were entered, including but not limited to acrylic, charcoal, colored pencil, digital, gouache, graphite, ink, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, tempera, and watercolor. The judging criterion was originality, interpretation, quality, demonstration of ability, and usage of medium. Other factors, such as the clarity of the images provided and their ability to be viewed online, as well as relating to the theme, also contributed to our decision. “Best of Show”, “First Place”, and “Second Place” winners received a monetary award in addition to special recognition.

We were very happy to donate 10% of all entry fees from this show to Your Safe Haven, a nonprofit agency that serves victims of all serious crimes and their families. Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, LLC is not affiliated with Your Safe Haven. It is our hope that this small act of kindness will blossom and grow to help someone else."


Featured Artist at Las Laguna Gallery

So excited to share that I'll be the featured artist at Las Laguna Gallery in LA for their group exhibition "Two of Hearts" during the month of February. Six Sareytales will be featured in the show, plus cards and prints in the gift shop. LA friends - Let me know if you check it out! #sareytales #twoofhearts #theartofonlinedating #laguna #LA •

Dirty Show 19

It's that time of year again! Tickets are on sale for Dirty Show 19 February 9th-17th. "Tear That Butt Up" will be featured, as well as various Sareytales prints and greeting cards in the erotic gift shop at The Russell Industrial Center! #sareytales #dirtydetroit #dirty19 #tearthatbuttup #detroit #uglyintoart

Tickets available at:

The Art of Online Dating •


Detroit's 36 Under 36

Honored to be selected as one of The Well Detroit's 36 Under 36 in 2018! #sareytales #uglyintoart #detroit #jewishthings

Sarey Ruden, 36, of Birmingham, is creator of Sareytales, which are the original designs and illustrations inspired by real text messages she has received during her online dating experiences. After years of working as a graphic designer and art director for agencies in New York and Detroit, Sarey decided to put her talents to work for a more personal cause.

Combining her passion for art and design with a portfolio of dating fiascos that would rival most, Sarey transforms the creepy, cruel and often anti-Semitic messages she receives on dating apps such as Plenty of Fish, OKCupid, Match, and yes even Jdate, into works of art.

What began as a fun little project of crafting clever designs from cruel words has turned into something much larger. Sareytales has since evolved into a platform which empowers other women to stand up to the online bullying, anti-Semitism and cyber-sexual harassment culture of online-dating. Sareytales is turning ugly into art, one text at a time.

Up Next? Sarey will be the featured artist in the “Two of Hearts” Exhibit at Las Laguna Gallery ( in Laguna Beach, CA, from Feb. 1-24.

Sareytales artwork (prints, greeting cards, gift wrap, coasters and stickers) is available at  Follow @sareytales to learn more.

DIY Street Fair

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the DIY Street Fair this weekend, it truly meant so much to see you there despite the heat!! And while the weekend was ridiculously hot, it was an incredible experience meeting so many other local makers, artists and overall cool people :) Thanks for all the Sareytales, back to work! #Sareytales #uglyintoart #onlinedating #detroit #ferndale #diy10

Check out an article in the Detroit Free Press Here


Oh Mr. are making this too easy. Sareytales turns ugly into art, but not just from the text messages I receive from online dating. This concept can expand to all aspects of life, namely, the ugly, weird and bizarre things #45 spews almost daily. 

Introducing Covefe: The game with the Best Words
This deck of novelty playing cards has 52 unique Trump-inspired words and phrases broken down into four "suits" or categories, plus 2 "wild covfefe" cards:
1. Things Trump has said (bigly, nasty woman, yuuuge, etc)
2. Trump Administration catch phrases (fake news, honest loyalty, executive privilege, etc)
3. Places (Gine, Russia, Paris, etc)
4. People (Comey, Milania, Spiecer, etc)
The deck is full of unique hand drawn designs, but follows the same rules a traditional deck of poker cards, so you can still play all your favorite card games, or make up new ones with these funny Trumpisms. 



Please visit my esty shop to place your pre-order:

Email me at if you have any questions!


Detroit Start-Up Week 2017

That's a wrap! Thank you @playdetroit for hosting this inspiring event and allowing me to share my #sareytales story! It was such an honor to present amongst so much talent and passion. Detroit really is a special place for those who have vision, passion, and the tenacity to pursue their dreams. One of the other speakers at the event today really struck at chord with me when he stated that in NYC, you are just one of millions, there's never time, never space, and it's hard to claim something as your own (I'm paraphrasing). And I have to agree. I almost forgot about my days living, working and hustling in NYC, but feelings of being pressured to perform and never really measuring up, although maybe only in my head, came back as I listened to this man speak. I lived in NYC (the city proper, as well as Brooklyn) for over 6 years, and while I was in it, living it, I couldn't explain the feeling, but back home in the suburbs of Detroit, I can feel it. Detroit is smaller, yes. But the talent is just as rich and diverse. The main difference is that there is more time, space and a collaborative mindset here in the midwest that really fosters new ideas and startups. In NYC, it's like you have to make it before you can make it. In Detroit, we're all in this together, all hustling to make something great, together. 

It was truly such an honor to participate in this inspiring event today. It's hard to believe that 6 months ago, Sareytales was just an idea and some sketches. And now, with the help of local support, friends and amazing creatives who's paths I've crossed, I'm turning it into something real, alive and beautiful. I'm excited for what the future holds, not only for Sareytales, but for the amazing creative community I'm coming to learn and love.

#detroit #detsw17 #theartofthehustle#uglyintoart

Creative Entrepreneurship: The Art of the Hustle

So excited to be speaking tomorrow morning along with other local creative talent at the Masonic Temple 10am-12pm as part of Detroit Start-Up Week's Creative Entrepreneurship: The Art of the Hustle! I'll be sharing my #Sareytales story of self-discover and empowerment, and artistic exploration. #sareytales #detsw17 #detroit #art #onlinedating #creativehustle •


Shark Tank Casting: Detroit

So, today I went downtown to DET Center for Design + Tech to pitch the casting producers of Sharktank Season 9! It was a complete whirlwind, and such an amazing experience to be in a room (kinda hot and smelly but oh well) of other hungry (literally and figuratively), determined entrepreneurs. I was incredibly nervous and at times felt like I made a mistake, what the hell was I doing here. There were people who had made over 500k in revenue in the last year alone. But, I know it's about passion and having a good idea, and I believe in the Sareytales brand, and I have a vision of what I want it to develop into. And I think that optimism, determination and passion goes a long way. I hope at least. So, this was just the very first round in the vetting process. If we get called back, next step will be to submit a video of ourselves/business/product. Apparently Shark Tank gets over 40,000 applications a season. So just to have the opportunity to pitch my brand is incredible. I don't except to make it to the next round, but the insight, energy and creativity I witnessed today was just amazing. Stay tuned...