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Original: Oil on Canvas
Summer, 1998 & 2000

The first time I painted these eyes, I was living in Jackson. It was the summer of 1998 and I was just about to leave for Europe for my first time. The drawing was my reaction to Jamil Khan's passing that winter and ended up being the graphic for the 2000 Burton Balance board. It was the first painting I ever offered up as a complete piece. There was no board shape; it was just, "This is it: take it or leave it."

Terje rode the hell out of this board. It came out the same year he made The Haakonsen Faktor, so it was pictured in almost every video part and magazine photo he was in that season, which was a lot. Still, it is amazing to me how people still remember and have feelings for this graphic, all these years later.

This painting here is not that exact painting. This is my second one, hence the roman numeral II on the bottom. The truth is that I lost touch with the first painting, and knowing that I would never see it again, or be able to share it with anyone, upset me so much that I decided to paint it again. This piece has the same passion behind it and was created with the same intention as the original. It will always make me smile and reminisce about the amazing people I have known and the wonderful times I was lucky to share with them. The fact that I painted it twice is a testament to that.

For Jamil

Mike Parillo

24" x 20.5"
100 limited-edition signed and numbered prints

43" x 36"
80 limited-edition signed and numbered prints

60" x 50"
60 limited-edition signed and numbered prints

Archival pigment print on 300gsm cotton rag

$175.00 - $950.00

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about the artist

Mike Parillo

Oahu, Hawaii

Mike Parillo, co-founder of Asymbol and perpetual creator, is one of the most enduring artists in our community. Self-taught and fluent in a myriad of mediums, Parillo bends, shapes and re-imagines the possibilities of art and it’s place in the world. He works relentlessly at balancing life with art, a mission that has taken him to many locations, mentally, artistically and geographically. Mike resides on the north shore of Oahu, where he shapes surf boards and wakes up happy every day.

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