Artist Mike Parillo on visiting Hawaii and deciding to never come home

Artist Mike Parillo on visiting Hawaii and deciding to never come home

Finding salvation in surfing, Mike Parillo escaped to the North Shore of Hawaii and never came home.

Parillo's early passion for the mountains and snowboarding has led him around the world. A Volcom contributor since '91, dating back to the formative tribal years of the Stone, Parillo grew up in Los Angeles in the 80's at the apex of the exploding skate, surf, snowboard and youth culture movement.

These influences were profound and put him squarely on the path he walks today as one of a respected and leading artistic visionary in the action sports industry with over two decades of credible work to his name.

Mike Parillo painting the Volcom Pipe Pro mural on the porch of the Volcom Pipe House

An icon in the snowboarding universe and the artist behind the artwork for Volcom's 1994 snowboard film, The Garden, Parillo's early passion in the mountains recently turned to the beaches in Hawaii where he fell in love with surfing. Having traveled the globe following his passion for snowboarding and art, then finally settling in Los Angeles, he decided to leave everything behind for a new life in Hawaii.

Having made his home near the Volcom Pipe House on the North Shore, Parillo expresses that the rewards for chasing his passions far outweigh any of the downfalls or sacrifices he has made. Nowadays, he's is in his preferred state of mind, frequently visiting the house to hang out with the crew, surf out front and painting freely, having left behind stress of timelines and due dates on the mainland.

"I'm definitely happiest when I'm not depending on my art to sustain myself. I'm happiest when I'm creating just to create."

Check out Mike Parillo's art featured on the 2018 Volcom Pipe Pro collection that includes a boardshort, a handful of t-shirts, tank tops, a hoodie, and a hat.

Pipe Pro Boardshorts

These limited-edition Volcom Pipe Pro boardshorts feature exclusive art by Mike Parillo and include the Hawaiian Islands on the side left leg. Equipped with Elastane 4-Way Stretch and REPREVE® recycled polyester, so you can feel good knowing you are helping make a difference.

*Available in two colorways

VPP Crest Tee

This tee screams Volcom Pipe Pro. The event is deeply rooted in Hawaiian heritage and is displayed proudly on this tee with the Hawaiian warrior helmet art on the back, along with a subtle chest hit on the front.

*Available in two colorways

VPP Crest Long Sleeve Tee

If you haven't heard, long sleeve tees are back in style, but only for a limited time. Featuring the Volcom Pipe Pro warrior logo on the back and a call out to the event on the arm. Get this limited-edition VPP tee before it's gone forever!

Volcom Pipe Pro Hat

Hats come and go, but the Volcom Pipe Pro Hat is part of a classic collection that will never go out of style. The snapback style allows for universal fitting, and features a "Banzai Pipeline Hawaii" patch on the side for that extra steez.

VPP Psych Tee

This short sleeve tee gives you a glimpse into the magnitude of raw power, passion, and excitement that goes down during the Volcom Pipe Pro. Featuring a wave of Pipeline in a psychedelic color scheme, this tee keeps its roots as your old school surf event tee that you'll have in your closet for years to come.

*Available in two colorways

VPP Seal Tee

Wear it proudly, wear it boldly, the VPP Seal Tee won't go unnoticed. Includes a large VPP logo on the front with a minimal display on the back. Be a warrior and grab yourself one of these tees to stake your claim.

*Available in two colorways