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Episode 2 – Using spraypaint and markers for surfboards

My newest piece of YouTube madness is here!

In this episode, I’m getting groovy with spray paint and paint markers to custom paint a surfboard with an old-school tattoo inspired skull and moray eel.

In the video I’m using Molotow Belton Premium Aerosols and ONE4ALL paint markers and inks, the surfboard was supplied by Star Surf and Skate, with location is The Apple, in Bridgetown, Western Australia, sponsored by The Butcher Shop.

Filming and editing by Matt Fieldes Photography. http://www.mattfieldesphotography.com/

Big thank you to our sponsors:
Molotow Paint Australia: http://molotow.com.au/
Star Surf and Skate: http://www.starsurf.com.au/
The Butcher Shop: http://www.thebutchershop.com.au/

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May 15, 2014 · 11:34 am

New online surfboard graphics store is here!

Online surfboard graphics store

I’m very proud to announce the birth of my very first online store – Fieldey’s Kustom Board Graphics!

Whether you’re getting a surfboard made and want to order an inlay to protect and strengthen your board, or you want to give an old board a new lease on life with a full board vinyl decal, you’ll find something rad here! All the artworks have been hand painted by yours truly, and are available to purchase in a variety of sizes to suit your stick.

Mike ordered the Hula Bula Hellcat inlay for his 9’1 McTavish custom mal, it was printed on a silk polymer mesh inlay and then glassed into the bottom of the board by McTavish’s talented team of shapers. I think it looks awesome, and he’s stoked with it as well! The artwork is 100% permanent, UV resistant and it also doubles the strength of the fibreglass.

McTavish 9'1 mal surfboard with custom Fieldey inlay

Check out the full range of Fieldey designs available as either inlays or full board vinyl decals – which one is your favourite?

Kustom surfboard graphics


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Painted surfboard for Sea Shepherd

Painted surfboard for Sea Shepherd, old school tattoo style

I had an awesome excuse to try out some new techniques and materials when I was asked to paint a board (donated by Star Surf + Skate) for Sea Shepherd Perth’s Relentless fundraiser this week! Check out the rad “making of” clip below courtesy of Matt Fieldes Photography.

I’m a late convert to paint pens/poscas, but there are definitely going to be some tutorials in the pipeline featuring them… so stay tuned by subscribing to my YouTube channel – FieldeyCustom

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Xander the Panda

Here’s a new skate deck commission I finished last week for a lil’ dude named Xander (the Panda). How cool are his parents to commission me to paint this skate deck for a 6 month old?

Panda bear skate board custom paint job

Panda bear skate board custom paint job

Xander the Panda Skateboard commission



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You’re going deeper into your cave and you’re going to find your power animal

I spent the weekend before last feverishly painting these decks for a friend to be given as a wedding present. The brief was to create two skateboards for the happy couple based on a theme of piss-take “spirit animals” for each. I will say that researching this took me to some pretty strange places, where I discovered the hidden gem of Power Animals Unleashed. For the record this is apparently the song of the rhino, and this  jaunty tune is the raccoon’s song… I suggest listening to them as you view the photos for complete audio visual immersion.

Rhino and Raccoon Spirit animal custom painted skateboard decks

Mexican wrestling rhino skateboard deck with tattoo

Mexican wrestling raccoon skateboard deck with tattoo

Mexican Dia de los muertos skull on skateboard deck

Mexican Dia de los muertos skull on skateboard deck


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Día de los muertos zombie Kurt Cobain & other stories

Day of the Dead Kurt Cobain Skateboard deck

Like pretty much every other teenager growing up in the 90’s I was obsessed with Kurt Cobain. I remember listening to Nirvana Unplugged when I was 17, long after he was gone, and you know, really feeling Kurt’s pain… it was like he spoke to my soul or something. Brilliance, I would sigh, sheer brilliance.

One of my favourite Kurt images was the iconic Rolling Stone cover where he is sporting a suit and oh so dreamy blue eyes – I remember slaving for hours over an exact rendition of that in oil pastels, trying to get his eyes just so. Would that I had it here to show you, it’d probably be good for a laugh.

Kurt Cobain Rolling Stone Cover

Fast forward to now and I recently bought myself a small quiver of blank skateboard decks for some painting madness and decided to paint a sort of dead celebrity triumvirate  – three of greatest members of the infamous 27 Club… Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and Jimi Hendrix – all of whom met an untimely end at 27.

Lucky 27 Skateboard with opium poppy and duelling pistols

I got to re-visit my favourite Kurt Cobain image and slave away with a paint brush getting his eyes just so. Considering this is the first board where I have painted an actual portrait of an actual person, I think it’s a pretty good likeness of him, face paint, zombie nose and all.

Día de los muertos Kurt Cobain Zombie

I hope you like it – and don’t be tempted to scoot up the page and match my portrait with the original cover image… it’s all about making things look rad, not anatomically correct. That is the take home message here folks.

Opium poppies on skateboard

Stay excellent. Over and out.


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Companion Animal Movie

As promised, here it is- the companion animal video to the How to paint a surfboard… Fieldey Style blog post, in which I paint a surfboard… Fieldey style!



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Whoa Mama – check out those puppies!

surfboard painted with old school tattoo lady bulldog head

Eminent art critic and acerbic wit, Susan McEwan, brings home the bacon with a critical review of the latest in the Fieldey oeuvre, Mad Dog.

For those of you who thought that perhaps the likes of Miss Minotaur were a little too demure for today’s liberal viewers, Fieldey presents Mad Dog; with the accessories of Paris Hilton, the grace of Audrey Hepburn and enough tits to satiate even Angelina’s brood, the subject of this bitchin’ new board appeals to all manners of taste.

In this new work Fieldey marries together some unlikely influences. Never before would we have looked to Coolidge’s seminal work, Dogs Playing Poker, as sites of repressed sexual desire, but Mad Dog begs us to question previous conceptions about the erotic canine figure in art. With the sagging Bulldog features of Great Auntie Barbara juxtaposed to her supple, plentiful breasts, her figure embroiled in ripened passionfruit vine with a hint of sado-masochistic fetishism, Fieldey confronts us with our darkest Oedipal desires.

She may be Man’s best friend, but Mad Dog is a bad, bad girl.

Bulldog head lady painted on surfboard, old school tattoo style

Painted surfboard with dog headed lady and tattoos

Detail shot from the surfboard painting showing a chiuaua in a handbag

Painted surfboard showing old-school tattoo style banner and passionfruit

Painted surfboard showing old-school tattoo style banner and typeface

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How to paint a surfboard ~ Fieldey style

How to paint a surfboard

Newly updated in 2017 with more information, products and videos!

Firstly, Don’t panic.

Painting surfboards is easy… writing instructions about it is not as easy, which is why these instructions are a wee bit long. Follow them through and you should have the most amazing board the world has seen! The video below will show you my process, but there are step by step instructions to follow and other cool painting ideas at the end.

Fieldey says: Preparation is key!

Have a good idea… draw it out and keep drawing it until you’re happy with the composition and the look. If you can’t get it to look awesome on paper there’s no hope in hell of doing it on a 6 foot board! I personally think big is better, you want people to spot you from a mile off on the beach, this board needs to look P-I-M-P(ed)!

Housework time: Preparation is the key to a long lasting paint job. If you are using a board that has been surfed already, you have to prepare the surface well so that the paint will stick. If you miss a blob of wax, or do a shoddy sanding job, that will be where the paint will chip and crack off first. If the board is brand new, you can get away with only a quick sanding (see step 4).

Check out the clip below, which shows my preparation process from start to finish, or read through the instructions underneath.

Step 1: If it’s a second-hand or old board you’ll need to remove the wax. Either stick it out in the sun for 10 minutes until the wax softens, or if it’s an overcast or cold day, give it a run-over with a hairdryer then scrape the wax off with a wax-comb or an old bank card.

Step 2: To make sure that the wax is all gone, wipe both sides of the board down with mineral turpentine (or mineral spirits in the US) this will soften any remaining wax and it should wipe straight off.

Fieldey prepping a surfboard and sanding it for painting

Step 3: Now, because you’re a perfectionist and you want that paint job to last for ages, you’ll grab some acetone and wipe the board down one last time to get rid of any wax or oily residue from the turps.

Step 4: You now need to sand the side of the board you are painting. You want to give the paint a surface to stick to. Thus, you need to get rid of that glossy finish. Grab yourself some 240 grit sandpaper and do a couple of runs over the board with the sander. I do at least two for good measure, changing to a new piece of paper in between. It should look dull and not shiny any more. Don’t forget to sand the rails if you want to wrap your paint job further round the board. As per the picture, I use an old electric sander, but sanding by hand will work just as well.

Step 5: Last prep thing, I promise. You should mask out any areas you don’t want painted, because believe me, they will be the FIRST to get paint blobbed on them. Use a professional quality low-tack masking tape and cover the rails or reverse of the board.

Housework is done, prepare to get gnarly.

Step 6: Background time. I like to use spray paint for a quick and instant background. Much ink has been spilt debating the various types of spray paint to use, some like car paint, some like acrylic based, some like enamel based. I’m going to save you some time here, because I’ve experimented with most of that stuff, and the brand I like best is Molotow Premium aerosol paints. It dries fast, stays on like a motherbitch and it works for me.

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So spray that background and wait for it to dry and you will be ready for…

How to paint a surfboard

The main feature.

Which paints should you use? You could paint your whole board in aerosol paint, but if you have a hankering to paint something a little more detailed or if you don’t have mad can skillz then you might want to consider any of the following:

Posca Pens: These are super popular and a great choice if you’re more comfortable using pens rather than paint brushes.

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Molotow One4All inks & paint markers: These are my go-to products, which you can watch me using in the video at the start. You can use the markers in pen form, or apply the refill inks with a brush which is great for covering larger areas and mixing your own colours.

>> Click here to buy a Molotow Paint Marker starter pack or the refill inks starter pack on Amazon.

>> Acrylic paints: You can use these on boards you want to surf, but I think they’re better used for boards you intend to hang on the wall as an artwork. My favourite brand is Golden Acrylics, but you can use any Artist Quality acrylic.

>> Click here to check out my recommended Golden Acrylic Color Theory kit that will get you started.

WARNING!!! Not all paints work well together – using incompatible aerosols with paint pens and then a clear coat can lead to a paint reaction that will ruin your beautiful artwork! The clear coat or paint could bubble and crack and there’s no way to save it except to start again. My top tips are to 1). Try to use all the same brand together (eg. Molotow aerosol, Molotow One4All markers and Molotow Clear coat). And 2). Test your intended paints AND the clear coat on a scrap piece of plastic and wood before you go nuts on the board! 3). Consider whether you actually want to clear coat the board: if it’s going to hang on a wall or you’re only using spray paint consider leaving it off. 

Step 7: Draw up the main part of your design. I use white chalk since it’s easy to remove.

Step 8: Then add in the base colours of your design. In the movie above, I’m using refill inks with a brush so I can cover large areas quickly, but you could just as well use marker pens instead. I’m aiming to get a good coverage of ink and most of the major areas covered. The lighter colours might need 2 or 3 coats of paint to build up a good level of opacity.

Step 9: Flesh out the design by adding your shadows and building up the mid-tones to add depth to the image.

Step 10: Add your highlights to really make things pop – remember that the lightest parts of the image will be the most eye-catching and will appear to be coming forward, and the darker shadows will appear to retreat, so if you want something to really jump out, make it lighter or add highlights.

Step 11: Once I’m happy with the design, I finish it off with a nice big dose of black outlines to bring it all together and make it look cool.

Step 12: Seal the Deal. So, you’ve finished your masterpiece and decided it’s too good for the world to miss out on and you want to seal it and surf on it pronto. Clear coating is generally the point where things can go wildly wrong – the wrong choice of clear coat and paints can react with each other and cause havoc on your sexy paint job. I recommend sticking with an acrylic-based spray clear, I like to use Molotow’s Clear Coat Gloss or, for super heavy use you can use Spraymax 2k Clear which is super durable, but takes extra precautions (you need a really good quality mask as it’s super toxic) to apply since it is essentially car quality 2k in a can. Other people really rate Krylon K01305 Gallery Series Artist which I haven’t used myself. If in doubt, remember to test out your paints and clear coat on a piece of scrap wood or plastic before starting on your board. Check out the video below that I made on clear coating your surfboard. 


Now you’re done! That wasn’t so hard was it?

Looking for other easy painting techniques to pimp your plank? Then check these videos out to inspire you:





If you’re after some inspiration for what other people have done, check out the gallery of other people who’ve followed this tute and created their own masterpieces!

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