Tom Parrish

Maui, Hawaii, 2013

I never looked at my job as being the Messiah of design. I viewed it as being an interpreter.

David Lee Scales spoke with Tom Parrish in 2013. A portion of their interview ran in SURFER Magazine, a longer version was posted on the US Blanks website, and a full audio version was featured on Scales’s Surf Splendor podcast. 

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Where’d you grow up?

I grew up in Lake Arrowhead, California, up in the mountains, which was really fun. There was hardly anyone there when I was a kid. It was waterskiing in the summer and snow skiing in the winter. Those were the two activities. And then at...