“In Paris spots haven’t been blown out. If you go to LA or whatever, some cities, all the spots have been fucking destroyed. You get to a spot and you’re like ‘okay, there’s nothing else to do.’ In Paris there’s still a lot of shit to do, you know? It’s always nice to be able to go to some spots and there’s still tons of shit to do, and good spots as well.”
I’m in Paris to interview French skater Oscar Candon ahead of the launch of his new SUPRA shoe, the Chino. We’ve met a few times, and because we’ve got time, we decide to go and shoot some pool, in a bar that houses a bunch of tables and a mini bowling alley. As we walk in, he tells me about the time he managed to smash the entire collection of glass advertising boards behind the lanes; “I’m meant to be banned from here, but I wore a hat that day and now they don’t recognise me”, he says, laughing.
Before he was getting paid to skate, Oscar spent two years from the age of fifteen learning the trade of carpentry. In a deal with his parents who weren’t keen on him dropping out of school, he started learning to work with wood, and intends to put that to use building a house for himself one day. “I just want to have something from skateboarding, I don’t want to live now with all the money that I make from skateboarding, and then at the end when it stops — because it’s going to stop at some point — be like ‘okay what am I doing now, I’m fucked, I have nothing left.’ I wanna save up, buy some land, so at least when I don’t have money from skateboarding anymore I have a place to stay. Then I can say ‘okay, I skateboarded and I got this from it, at least.’ And if it’s really nice, then... Fucking ballin’!”