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Surfers Against Sewage has launched a new ‘Save Our Seas’ Marine Litter Tattoo campaign to highlight the growing scale of the marine litter crisis.

SAS has teamed up with American tattoo artist Nick The Tailor to create the unique old-school marine designs.

Nick has a basis in traditional western tattooing, but rather than simply using shadows to create depth, he incorporates colours and details that are missing in many traditional designs

Our surf spots are amazing natural resources and it’s vital that they are protected from all types of pollution including the tide of litter washing up on our beaches

The campaign has received strong support from some of the UK’s best surfers including eleven times European Longboard Champion Ben Skinner and pro surfer Corinne Evans, who have both been ‘inked’ in the name of the environment.

Ben Skinner, 11 X European Longboard Champion said:  “I’m supporting Surfers Against Sewage’s ‘Save Our Seas’ Marine Litter Tattoo campaign to help protect the UK’s unique surf spots, coastlines and beaches. Our surf spots are amazing natural resources and it’s vital that they are protected from all types of pollution including the tide of litter washing up on our beaches.”

The amount of litter recorded on UK beaches in 2014 was at its highest level ever with a shocking 2,457 pieces found for every kilometre of coastline surveyed, representing another 6% increase on 2013 levels.

The launch of the campaign coincides with one of the UK’s biggest community beach clean operations: SAS’s Big Spring Beach Clean.  Over 5,000 grassroots volunteers will be taking part in beach cleans at 150 of the UK’s most iconic beaches over the weekend of the 28th & 29th of March.

 

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