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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

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about the artist

Mike Parillo

b. 1972, Los Angeles, CA
Lives and works in Hawaii

Mike Parillo is a self-taught, Los Angeles-based artist. He has balanced working as a commercial artist in the action sports industry and has pursued both commercial and fine arts in both Los Angeles, CA and Prague, Czech Republic. He relocated to Jackson, Wyoming in 2008 where he made an unparalleled mark on the world of snowboarding as one of the most creative and enduring board graphic artist. Parillo's collaborations with Travis Rice brought about the genesis of Asymbol Art + Essentials, his hard work and vision giving life to what had been just a dream. His art has been displayed on snowboard bases every year since 1995, adorning many beloved board series like Terje's Balance line, Burton's early Customs,Countless Lib Techs and Travis Rice's 2006/07, 2008/09, 2010/11, 2011/12 and forth coming 2015/15 pro models—to name a few.  

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