44 WBM june 2014 Young surfers looking for a way to make their boards stand out are taking art into their own hands. Companies like BoardStix now make water-based acrylic paint pens specifically designed for that purpose. In the hands of artists like Carleigh Sion and Oleg Connell, a plain white shortboard is their canvas. Sion, an employee at Sweetwater Surf Shop, has volunteered her drawing expertise for her coworkers, friends and others that have come through the shop looking for board art. Like Hughes, Sion says the requests are sometimes offbeat, like the abominable snowman or a monkey hanging onto a rocket ship. Other times she is given free rein. Whatever the subject, Sion says she does not like to spend more than an hour or two on any one board. “Honestly a lot of my stuff does not take days ... like my regular art,” Sion says. “I guess I get bored easily so I want to get stuff done and move on. It comes It’s as simple as putting pen to fiberglass for artist Carleigh Sion, who has been known to lend her board art talents to her friends’ boards.
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