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Jim Phillips 25th Anniversary Artist Interview

20 Dec

Legendary skate artist, Jim Phillips, is single-handedly responsible for creating some of the most iconic skateboard graphics of all time! And that’s a fact little ones.

You see, Phillips began his attack on the world of skate art when he was appointed art director of Santa Cruz Skateboards back in 1975. He went on to produce countless iconic logos and graphics that have since become fully embedded in the skate culture we know today.

In honor of the CCS 25 Year Anniversary deck & tee featuring Jim’s own Screaming Hand graphic, we spoke with Mr. Phillips about all things surrounding the legendary severed hand!


Where did the idea for the Screaming Hand come from? It started when I was a kid. I used to draw a lot of surfing pictures and then I would have this clenched hand sticking out of the water somewhere like a drowning surfer. Sometimes there would be a shark fin circling. It got to be a character that I would draw on my schoolbook covers and notebook doodles. Let’s face it; I used to doodle a lot more than pay attention to the lessons.

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Jim Phillips On Remind Insoles

5 Dec

Cruise over to the Santa Cruz Strange Notes and check out the post they did on the Jim Phillips and Remind Insoles Collab.

Parillo Painting

4 Oct

Mike Parillo’s first artistic tool was not a paintbrush, it was a shovel. Back when most of us were still falling-leaf heel sliding down bunny hills (or skiing), Parillo was hand crafting snowboarding’s first serious terrain parks. From the depths of his imagination, demented shapes and forms were called forth and sculpted into mountains of snow for the leaders of the new school nation to play on. And so it was that the style of snowboarding made a great evolutionary leap, using Parillo’s bold inventiveness as a launching pad.
One of the innovators from this early scene, snowboarding legend Jamie Lynn, inspired Parillo to try his hand at painting. Jamie then used one of his first pieces as a graphic for one of the boards in his Lib Tech pro-model series. Volcom used another in their landmark video, The Garden. And the rest, as they say, is history. Parillo has been a creative force, working quietly behind the scenes, ever since. His paintings have been shown in solo shows from Europe to California. His art has been displayed on snowboard bases every year since 1995, adorning many beloved board series like Lib Tech’s Emmagator line, Terje’s Balance line, Burton’s early Customs, and Travis Rice’s 2006/07, 2008/09, and forth coming 2010/11 pro models—to name a few.
Parillo now serves as Asymbol’s Art Director and Artist Liaison. He is the curator of the entire Asymbol art collection, and is responsible for overseeing the integrity of the art reproduction process. His mission is to ensure that all printed pieces hold up to each artist’s highest standards of quality before they get passed on to you.

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