With marine litter spiralling out of control and 2014 seeing the highest levels of waste on our beaches ever recorded by the Marine Conservation Society, a hard hitting message is needed to raise awareness and make it clear that our oceans are not dumping grounds. To highlight this mindless problem, Surfers Against Sewage have launched the ‘Save Our Seas’ Marine Litter Tattoo Campaign, to promote awareness of the scale of the problem and to make people stop and think about the permanent damage discarding waste into our seas is causing.
The Save Our Seas Marine Litter Campaign has the backing of UK pro surfers Corrine Evans and Ben Skinner and Rory Williams, the lead singer of Sunset Sons, who have all been photographed sporting freshly inked tattoos with a deep message. The tattoos have been designed by renowned american tattoo artist Nick the Tailor, who has purposely used strong marine styled tattoos of yesterday – images that have a deep affinity with the ocean.
Marine waste such as discarded fishing tackle, single use carrier bags, aluminium cans and plastic bottles hang about in our seas for decades and cause long term damage to marine life and the environment. Nick has incorporated these items of blight into strong traditional tattoo images, made even more significant by the insinuation of the permanence of a tattoo.
The Save Our Seas Tattoo campaign is also timed to coincide with the Surfers Against Sewage Big Spring Beach Cleans that are getting underway over the weekend of the 28th of March at beaches all around the UK. The Beach Cleans are open to everybody and give you the chance to meet with like-minded people and make a positive impact at your local beaches.
The embedded pictures of the tattoos by Nick the Tailor are from the SAS Campaign and you can see a video of Nick talking about his tattoo designs and can see him at work creating these though provoking images. To see more about the Save Our Seas Tattoo Campaign and to find a Big Spring Beach Clean near you take a look at the Surfers Against Sewage website.