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Old Surfboards Turned Into Amazing Indigenous Works Of Art

Zachary Bennett-Brook paints traditional Indigenous art on surfboards.

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Zachary Bennett-Brook's roots are in the Torres Strait Islands. The ocean has always been central to his way of life and it's this heritage coupled with a love of surfing that Bennett-Brook credits with being the secret to his success.

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"I had this old surfboard laying around and thought it would make a great canvas which would allow me to connect my surfing culture with my Indigenous culture, and the rest is history," Bennett-Brook told surfing magazine Surfd.

"I don’t know if I would call myself an artist, I guess I sort of am, haha. I have always been drawing, painting and have been creative for as long as I can remember so I guess it all started from a young age. As I have become older I have refined and changed my art style to what it is now"

Bennett-Brook's intricate and colourful patterns on surfboards was so popular that he started Saltwater Dreamtime, a business dedicated to selling his unique art.

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Bennett-Brook works purely from the ideas in his head. Working on multiple pieces at any one time, an artwork can take anywhere from a day to one month.

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People can't get enough of Bennett-Brooks style and he's started painting skateboards and snowboards.

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The majority of surfboards Bennett-Brook uses are damaged and have been relegated to the rubbish tip. He gives them a second life as artworks.

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You can see more of Bennett-Brook's work at his website Saltwater Dreamtime.

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Formerly with BuzzFeed News, Allan Clarke is a NITV reporter based in Sydney.

Contact Allan Clarke at arielle.benedek+AC@buzzfeed.com.

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