Sean Pablo is stressed. The 25-year-old Supreme skater lately moved house, again into his teenage bed room in Los Angeles, as a result of he wished to flee New York. Once we converse in early March, he’s chilling someplace in Florida, as a result of he already wished to flee LA. Professional skaters are nomadic by commerce, and Pablo’s been bouncing forwards and backwards between the 2 coasts since he was 14. He’s able to see one thing new and peculiar for as soon as.
“I all the time knew that I wished to get the fuck out of there,” he tells me by cellphone, referring to the LA neighborhood the place he grew up. And despite the fact that he’s again for now, that’s additionally very a lot topic to vary. “I wish to transfer all the way down to Miami or one thing as a result of, I don’t know, LA and New York, it’s simply an excessive amount of of the identical concepts being circulated round. Everyone’s simply type of circlejerking one another.”
It’s been nearly 9 years to the day because the 2014 Supreme video “Cherry” despatched a then-14-year-old Pablo on his approach to pro-skater superstardom. Talking to GQ again in 2020, Pablo’s pal Chloë Sevigny positioned him within the custom of good-looking, trendy skate boarders whose charisma elevates them past the game: “Folks simply crush out on them,” she stated. “There’s a thriller and a nuance, and clearly the sweetness is charming as nicely.”
Whereas he’s nonetheless the dreamiest dude on the Supreme staff, Pablo is now at a crossroads. In an interview printed in 032c journal this week, he detailed his traumatic restoration from a tibia-shattering street-skating accident final summer season. He had already sustained accidents in an earlier incident that finally led him—guided by his pal, the filmmaker Concord Korine—to hunt therapy for abusing painkillers. “The trail to paradise begins in hell,” the well-known Dante Alighieri adage, has change into Pablo’s new mantra. This is sensible for a lot of causes, the least consequential of them being that his almost eight-year-old streetwear model—which he co-designs along with his dad—additionally simply so occurs to be known as Paradise.
Within the newest Paradise NYC assortment, which drops on-line this week, the staff riffs on a lot of the identical deep-fried symbolism that they’ve up to now: screwy Disney characters, Catholic iconography, varied New York-centric emblems. However this time, it’s all slightly extra…Paradise Misplaced. There’s a hoodie that includes a halo-wearing Mickey Mouse giving the finger. (In any case, Disney, billed because the happiest place on Earth, could be a actual nightmare.) A pair of sweatpants are printed with pictures of Virgin Mary statuettes weeping blood. One other tee, embellished with a cutesy Bambi illustration and the phrases “FUCK EVERYTHING,” is a riff on a earlier model that stated “HAPPY EVERYTHING.”
The designs, Pablo admits, are type of shitpost-y. “The Jurassic Christ one is type of my favourite,” he laughs. “I feel everyone desires to make one thing that’s simply purely unique, and I wish to play with that concept slightly bit and simply poke holes in it, you recognize what I imply? It’s nearly like individuals is likely to be like, ‘Is he silly? Does he not perceive that’s only a full ripoff?’ And in order that’s type of slightly joke, I assume.”