How to paint your surfboard with paint pens. A video blog

Back in the day, when I was young… lol

I moved to the North Shore of Oahu in hopes to shred waves and paint surfboards for a living. I did manage to get my ass kicked by some “real” waves and shredded some giants to the best of my ability. For the 3 years that I lived on the island it was magic. In fact, I painted all kinds of things while living the North Shore dream, hula dolls, surfboards, skateboards, fabric, walls, etc. It was an amazing few years. It was also hard as fuck to make a good living there, I spent some time doing demolition, putting in tiles, roofing and other super unglamorous jobs. I was just a kid trying to eat and surf my brains out.

My art didn’t become famous, my surfing didn’t either but, I was following my dreams. When I moved back to LA, I kept painting boards,ย airbrushing boards and bartending as well. I burnt out on dong art on boards after a while (mostly because it wasn’t enough money for the amount of time and energy I put into it). So, I quit doing it. Although, I still paint my own boards and sometimes for friends.

Heck, if someone really wanted to pay me decent money, I would totally do some more. It is really fun! At the moment I am focusing on different mediums in my art career and have been custom painting guitars and music related gear which has been a blast! ย Also building up a body of personal work on canvas and wood. I am hoping to have an art show within a year showing a collection of all my different art projects together.

Anyway, a friend of mine asked me to add some color to his new board and I thought, sure that sounds fun. So, I made a little video of the process I use to do custom art on a surfboard with paint pens. You can also check out my last blog about spray painting your board here ๐Ÿ™‚ Just click link..ย How to spray paint your surfboard

Hope you dig it and let me know if you create something original on your gear, I’d love to see it!

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7 thoughts

  1. You have mad skills, and you’re so lucky to be doing shit that you love – plus sharing it with us which is just so wonderful!
    We all love you so much. ๐Ÿ™‚ xo


  2. Hi Trisha, nice work! This is good timing for me as I’m just about to work on a bamboo longboard skate deck and then a full-sized surfboard for the first time. I started ‘collecting’ paint markers a few months ago to experiment with and still can’t decide which I like the best. I have a few Posca, Molotow and Liquitex. All slightly different to work with. The guy in my local art store told me that Molotow and Liquitex are acrylic but Posca is more like poster paint. In you’re intro you refer to your Posca as acrylic so I’m unsure now. I’m starting to think the guy at my art store is incorrect as poster paint is not waterproof when dry whereas Posca is, according to my experiments so far anyway. At the end of the day, they all have slightly different qualities so I’ll probably end up using a mixture of pens anyway. I was just wondering why you choose Poscas and what is it about them that you like? Aside from the good old Sharpie…what other mediums would you recommend to use on surfboards? I hope to be working with a board shaper and finisher so I’ll leave the lamination etc to them ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ll try and take a few photos of the process and finished pieces and let you know how I got on. Thanks Trisha ๐Ÿ™‚


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