Billy Gryparis was born and raised in Athens. He began skating about 20 years ago wandering through all of the streets of the Greek capital.
From 1997 up until today he is travelling all around Europe, participating in contests and gaining recognition, skating in several European cities.
In 1999 he began writing articles about skateboarding in magazines like: Drop in, Good times, Flipside, Kingpin, Sidewalk.
In 2003 he became a freelance writer for Athens Voice (free press) having a weekly column for the past 9 years.
Planner of several skate contests with John Gordios like Klaoudatos (1996) Chalkida skate park (2000-2001-2002). The best street skateboarding contest in Athens Pedion Areos guest (Joe Lorence, Jan Marc Soulet05) (2005-2006-2007).
Member of the organising committee of the Skate And The City contest (2008-2009-2010-2011), and Battle of Color contest (2009-2012).
Creator with (John Gordios and Hippys) of the first Greek skate video “Focus” in 2000. It was the start needed for Athens Greek Skate Video productions that followed. Sposored by Master s.a.
During the 2006-2007 period he worked as a team manager for Board Sports in companies like Sole Tech, Carharrt, Altamont Clothing.
In 2008, during the Flipside skate awards, he received the title of “the legend”. This recognition made him very proud and gave him strength to continue working for the skate scene he loves!
After 20 active years he has been an important, influencial person among the Greek Skateboarding community also acknowledged abroad.
11.06.11 Organising in Thessaloniki line skateboard contest on a local spot in the center of the city. Support Athens Voice,Soul Mag,DC shoe,Sake Tattoo,Ladoze bar.
In 2010 there was an organizational member for MTV On The Go «Europe Tour» with Kostas Mandilas & Thomas Galanis. Forty days in Europe together with Michael Vassilakis, Thanos Panou and Nestor Charitonidi.
Present 2013 working as a Team Manager for Vans Footwear for VF Hellas and Cyprus.
Collaboration with Monster Energy Drink the last two years.
From a very young age street cultures got his attention. By deciding to join the skateboard and graffiti community he has managed to get recognition for his work in these fields. He studied Graphic Arts and Realistic Design in order to grow the vision he has of Art.
His figurative fury and talent have helped him participate in many exhibitions, presenting his work in the Benaki Museum, Technopolis, and in several other art galleries. He artistically decorates spaces, shop displays, sets, hotels and street spots.
Μember of the Chamber of Fine Arts in Greece.
Collabo with Kapopoulos Gallery in Athens.
- See more at: billygee.gr