Tattoos and the stories behind them at the U.S. Open of Surfing – Orange County Register

Art is splashed all around the sand at the U.S. Open of Surfing. It’s adorning the concrete skate bowl, and there’s areas set up for beachgoers to do their own artwork. But look closely at the bodies dotting the beach, and you’ll see art everywhere you go.

One of the best parts about the big beach festival is the people watching, and with lots of skin showing, there’s plenty of tattoos and stories that go with them.

We found some of the more interesting ink-splashed skin canvases and asked about the inspiration behind them.


Christina Snyder

“She believed she could, so she did,” is an important mantra that Christina Snyder of Huntington Beach lives by and wears on her body. Snyder is also passionate about yoga. “It’s a spiritual piece, ” said Snyder about the Buddha on her arm. An abundance of body art is on display at this year’s U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)


Tommy Saalih, 8 months, with dad Dino Saalih and Margaret Marvel

“It’s always gonna be about my family,” said Dino Saalih of La Mirada, center. He turned up at the U.S. Open of Surfing with his son Tommy Saalih, 8 months, left, and fiancee Margaret Marvel, right, on Sunday, July 30, 2017, in Huntington Beach. “Family First” is drawn across his chest along with his other two children’s names. Saalih recently decided to add his son Tommy’s name next. “It’s what attracted me to him,” said Marvel about Saalih’s body art. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)


The Rodriguez family

“They help me keep positive,” says Oscar Rodriguez of Ontario about his body art, which features the names of his sons, Henry Rodriguez, 8, at left, and Benny Rodriguez, 6. Rodriquez also honors the memory of his brother Wilson Reyes, a sworn officer who lost his life in the line of duty. “It reminds me to do good,” said Rodriguez. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)


Alex Baret

Alex Baret, of Toulouse, France, works with Vans at the U.S. Open of Surfing. Baret sports sailor-themed body art including fish, octopuses, and an elaborate sea dragon. “I travel around the world — all over the place,” said the seafarer. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)


Doug Smith

Doug Smith of Fullerton is an artist to the core. He sports body art that he applied to himself. “Everything is my passion or my art, ” said Smith. “It inspires who I am.” Imagery on his…

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