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meet supreme's french team

As Supreme arrives in Paris, we get to know the city's homegrown skate stars and boys of the store.

by i-D Staff
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Apr 4 2016, 1:40pm

Dayanne Akadiri

Where are you from?
Epinay sur Seine, the northern suburbs of Paris.

What song do you have on repeat?
Fela Kuti 'cos Africans do it best.

What would you recommend for a Paris first timer?
Hit an ATM first… Anyway, most of my friends live in the 18th or 19th.

What's the best thing about being alive in 2016?
Chicken and plantain.

@livefastdie_yanne

Manuel Schenck 

Where are you from?
Paris.

What song do you have on repeat at the moment? 
Book of Love, "Boy."

Why did you start skating?
All my friends were doing it and I don't have a personality at all.

What's the best place in Paris?
My place. My girlfriend is the best cook.

Do you still consider skating as a subculture?
I hope so, I don't want it to be like soccer unless I can have Zlatan's paycheck and Ronaldo's wife.

What does skating mean to you?
"Free as a Bird," like John Lennon sang.

What's the best thing about being alive in 2016?
I managed to survive 2015. 

@manuelschenck

Lucien Momy

What song do u have on repeat at the moment?
Shout out my big brother ASAP Ant with his new song "Geeked Up."

What would you recommend in Paris for a first timer?
Pigalle or the Louvre.

When's the best time to visit Paris?
Summer for sure.

What's the best thing about being alive in 2016?
The world evolves more quickly than ever.

@luccianomomy

Dadoum Chabane

Where are you from?
Epinay sur Seine. Shout out to all my brothers in jail.

What song do you have on repeat?
13 Block, "Crack Spot."

Where would you recommend to go for a Paris first timer?
Seine Saint-Denis in August.

What's the best thing about being alive in 2016?
Wait to 2017 to play with Algeria in FIFA. 

@dadoummmmm

Damien Bulle

Where are you from?
I'm from Besançon, France.

What song do you have on repeat?
Future, "Never Forget."

Why did you start skating?
Because of my best friend when I was younger, he used to skate and taught me, and it became life for me.

What are the best spots to skate in Paris?
The best spot is Republique.

Do you still consider skating as a subculture?
I just consider skating as my passion.

What does skating mean to you?
Freedom.

What's the best thing about being alive in 2016?
Supreme Paris for sure!

@damienbulle

Victor Demonte

Where are you from?
Paris.

Why did you start skating?
To have fun.

Where would you recommend to go for a Paris first timer?
The Supreme store!

More than a sport, what does skating mean to you? 
A way of life, connections.

@victordemonte

Valentin Jutant

Where are you from?
Paris suburbs.

Why did you start skating?
Because of my friends.

@belzinz

Samir Krim

Where are you from?
Born and raised in the Bastille.

What song do you have on repeat?
"Just Like Heaven" by Dinosaur JR.

Why did you start skating?
Because it's a very fun thing to do.

What are the best spots to skate in Paris?
Paris has a lot of diverse spots to skate and cruising the city from spot to spot is a must. Lately, Republique has been the best meeting place though.

When is the best time to visit Paris?
June is definitely the best time: start of the summer, light nights, and not too many tourists.

Do you still think skating is a subculture?
Call it what you want, the only thing that matters is that through skateboarding you will probably meet your best friends, you will probably visit and skate more places that you can even think of, you will probably learn a lot about life, about others, and about yourself along the way.

What's the best thing about being alive in 2016?
The time I can spend with my two beautiful daughters, my friends, and my family.

@samirkrim

Credits


Photography Maxwell Tomlinson