J: So, how have those other shapers or artists or - whether it’s music or art - how does that influence the style you’re working with now?
P: All this influence, yeah, it feeds my work. Comes from kind of everything. Comes from here comes from there. From the music. From art. All my studies in art school gave me a lot of inspiration as well. I like to push, always push, push for new ideas and go forward all the time. It makes me feel alive, it gives me motivation to get up the next day always trying new stuff and I can’t stop.
J: I know that you talk a lot about cars… what influence do those vintage cars have on your style? You mention the curves… how does that translate? What is the influence of that and how does that translate to your work?
P: All my passion from the car came from my dad, actually, I guess. I was always in the garage at home working on something. I got my first car at 18 and I started with different cars. My first American car was a ‘68 Ford Fairlane. That was my first v8. I rebuilt everything. I did the bodywork myself. So yeah, like I said, it’s all about the curves. Like whether it’s shaping a board or working on the bodywork on a car - trying to always get the perfect curve even when driving cause what I like to drive right now is my 2002 BMW from 1973 and it’s all about curves. It’s a very tiny low autosports car so you gotta know how to drive to go fast and having some good turn on the curve is pretty close to having a good curve on a big wave. That’s why I like to say it’s all about the curve. Shaping your curve, taking a curve in the car... I mean, yeah.
J: So, moving forward there are a lot of different facets to your art that correlate with driving the car or working on the car. What is the most enjoyable part for you whether it is the shaping or the graphics or the glassing, what are you most drawn to with that activity?
P: I don’t think there is like a particular activity that I like the most. I would say it’s kind of like a balance to me. To have my little shaping part, my little go away part, spending time in the garage welding metal or setting carburetors or spending time in the shaping bay trying to shape, to improve my shape every day. Yeah, to me, it’s a good balance of everything but It’s always about making something with my hands, you know. I enjoy everything because of that. Doing a little bit of shaping, a little bit of cars, a little bit of everything. If you do one thing all the time it’s kind of boring, you know? So yeah, I think I’m really motivated to do different things - not only one thing - not only shape, not only surf, shape surf shape surf, no. I like to get a way a bit to come back.