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Mike Parillo
Mike Parillo

Mike Parillo

Libtech Artist

Sequim, WA USA

"As long as you have a vision, a goal, you know, and you have the will to persist, and really make it happen, you'll make it happen."

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Mike's work combines: Action Sports, Art, and Being Creative

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Day In The Life

Snowboard Graphic Designer/Painter

I'm an artist and painter and make designs for iconic action sports brands such as Volcom and Lib Technologies.

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    When he was 12, he saw a skateboarding demo in his neighborhood and he took up skating.

  • 2.

    From there, he developed a love of snowboarding, which led him to take a job as a lift operator on a mountain.

  • 3.

    He'd dropped out of high school in pursuit of this dream, so even when he got so poor he had to sleep in a tent, he kept going.

  • 4.

    Two years after moving into the mountains, he got a sponsorship from Volcom.

  • 5.

    An accident blew out both of his knees and he had to stay off his feet for six months; he took up painting as his new hobby.

  • 6.

    Was commissioned to design two snowboards, then the next year he got four jobs, the next year it was eight, etc.

  • 7.

    He went to Europe to continue his self-education; a French artist told him his paintings weren't art, they were cartoons.

  • 8.

    That comment humbled him, but also inspired him to get creative and start making his own work, rather than only working on commission.