Winter may be in full swing for a good chunk of the country, but surfers experience summer year round as they indulge in the thunderous crashing of ocean waves. The water may not always be warm, but the mindset is. True surfers travel the world to follow highly anticipated swells and experience some of the most intense water activity Mother Nature has to offer. Whether you are an aspiring guppie whose favorite movie is Blue Crush or a seasoned Pipeline veteran, these 7 swell-worthy tattoos will leave you pining for the perfect sunset and the smell of fresh Sex Wax.
Jesus may not have been the epitome of a surfer, but that doesn’t mean that riding a wave isn’t a religious experience. Take a look at the shades of blue in this ocean crucifixion.
This lovely silhouette features an American traditional style anchor and rope frame with a peaceful surfer walking into the sunset.
Here is a beautifully crafted black and gray dot work tattoo done by Evgeny Kopanov. It captures a violent wave and blinding sunset within the body of the surfboard.
This hip side/stomach tattoo showcases a sugar skull decked out in a pair of wayfarers while chomping down on a surfboard– for those who eat, breathe, and even die by the wave.
Here is an adorable and simplistic black ink ankle tattoo mimicking a caution sign– perhaps “Slippery When Wet”– only this character is heading straight into the shore.
Here is a stunning pastel colored sleeve capturing the abstract nature of the ocean’s movement and the way a surfer’s body ebbs and flows with the water. The lines appear to be inspired by Van Gogh or Munsch.
Lastly, here is a picture-perfect realistic tattoo that captures a woman’s body in action as the bubbles rise from beneath the ocean’s surface and she charges upward through the pristine shading and movement in the foam.