Thursday Getaway: Tattoos Spread Awareness of the Permanence of Marine Litter

April 30 2015

Save Our Seas from Ryan Collerd on Vimeo.
At this point in the week, we suspect you're in the mood to get out and enjoy the world outside of your computer screen, but it's Thursday, and you can't -- yet. Don't despair! We've got just the thing to make you smile, daydream or draw inspiration from for your weekend, which is just around the corner.


The environmental non-profit Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), based in the United Kingdom, was looking for new ways to raise awareness about the permanence of plastic ocean pollution. In a partnership both brilliant and striking, they collaborated with an artist who's tool is a needle and whose medium is the skin: American tattoo artist Nick The Tailor. Nick's interest and skill in "traditional seafarer tattoos" is a beautiful fit for the hand-drawn tattoos he's created for SAS, which feature plastic pollution prominently. As he puts it,"I design my tattoos to last a lifetime. The permanence of marine litter is something that none of us wants to have to live with."