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Sean Carabarin Street Memo Interview


STREET MEMO :

SEAN CARABARIN

Things in life boil down to choices, choices of tricks, choices of subjects, choices of locations and Sean makes the right choices. In my book, any skateboarder that has done a 360 flip over the block at Crescent Park is amazing and Sean has done it. His photography demonstrates again and again that he makes the right choices. I got a chance to talk to Sean about making these proper choices with Photography, Skateboarding, Illustration and his new project “Swishy Pants.”

Street Memo: Sean "Seancho" Carabarin , Photo: Onefinger

Interview by: Stephen Serrano


So when did you decide to start shooting photos?

Jack Curtain , Switch Shuvit, Photo: Sean Carabarin


"Video, I just didn't have the patience, fuck all that. There's too much to learn, and to sit there and wait forever for people to land shit... Over that real quick."




I think it was later in 2011, 2010, 2009, I got more serious about it.


When I was in high school, I had friends that were photographers and they were taking photo class in high school and I never really fucked with it. I just went to computer class. I learned how to edit video stuff, but when I really got into it was 2011.

I just moved back to the city, messing around, you know, everybody had the DLSR video cameras and we were messing around, filming with that. I realized that DLSR's sucked, and maybe I’ll just try and start shooting photos with this.

Then it started getting more, I got a lot more into it. And it just got me stoked because like when I was in high school, we would come into the city all the time. So they would come to the city and my friends would take photos and shit and I would tell them like, “Oh, it'd be sick if you shot it this way, like somebody skating 3rd and Army towards you, so you get the background and everything.”

At that point it was like, okay, that's what I wanted to do. I didn't know if it was video or photography.

Video, I just didn't have the patience, fuck all that. There's too much to learn, and to sit there and wait forever for people to land shit... Over that real quick.

So it just shifted more, to photography. I've always liked the aesthetics, whether or not it’s even skating. I wanted to do that, your own vision on how you want to things to look in your control, to be able to create. I think that was the biggest draw for me, being able to be as creative or non-creative as you want.

Phillip Santosuosso , Photo: Sean Carabarin


What was the first skate photo you took where you could say,

“I'm proud of this.” ?


Phillp Santosuosso , Photo: Sean Carabarin


"That was the photo where I was like, 'Damn.' That got me sparked."








It's funny you say that, and it's funny that this is a conversation that we're having. But it was when I first met Phil.


He came out to the city with Thai. I still was trying to wrap my head around how to do everything. I think the photo was an Ollie over a barrier to hill in the city. There's no flashes or anything. He was almost completely black. You couldn't really see him, but it was just the contrast in the photo.

That was the photo where I was like “Damn.” That got me sparked. It could have been anybody that was doing it, but it was him that day and it just worked out that way and that got me really pumped.

I thought 'Okay." Obviously I can do this, and now it's more or less how do I do it and how to keep evolving and keep learning it.

That was probably one of the first things that I’ve taken that I've been like actually really stoked on. Then after that, it was just like nonstop trying to fucking learn as much as I could.


So what's the most recent one you’ve taken that you’re proud of?



Jimmy Wilkins , Photo: Sean Carabarin


"There's a whole other side to skateboarding I really didn't ever pay attention to and to watch someone like him do it firsthand I was just blown the fuck away."











It's been raining a lot here, so it's been a minute.


There is one. One ended up being an ad, it was Jimmy Wilkins. I've never really watched anybody skate vert, I’ve watched Max Shaff skate vert and that was amazing. But Jimmy Wilkins was probably one of the raddest I’d ever seen skate vert, just the way it looks.

I shot a Thunder ad with him, he’s doing a Crossbone and I’m standing up on a ladder on top of the vert ramp. I’ve never shot something like that before, I think that was a lot different. That got me pumped, cause it’s different, it's not street shit.

It was one that had you like, oh wow, there's a whole other side to skateboarding I really didn't ever pay attention to and to watch someone like him do it firsthand I was just blown the fuck away.

The photo was rad, that photo was the ad, but the one that got me the most sparked wasn’t the ad. It was one that we shot after filming the commercial for Thunder. My friend was up on a ladder and I shot a photo with the ladder. The fisheye pointing out that the ladder is in the frame. There's two people holding it, my friends on the ladder and then Jimmy is in the frame of the ladder doing the trick. That one got me the most sparked, to be honest.

Jimmy Wilkins , Photo: Sean Carabarin


What’s your favorite Phil photo or Phillip story??


Phillip , Photo: Sean Carabarin



"It's not some dusty dude doing it. It’s some thugged out white dude thats confused if he’s Stevie Williams or fuckin John Cardiel."


We're just fucking around, skating One Shell, it was me, him and Zork. And they’re wallriding the wall, back wallriding and the shit out of it, like really, really, really, really high on each of them. People are really stoked on the photo, because he's up there and his kit is real, real, real baggy. He doesn't look like someone that you would expect to be able to wallride the shit out of something, kind of breaking the norm.


It's not some dusty dude doing it. It’s some thugged out white dude thats confused if he’s Stevie Williams or fuckin John Cardiel. It's funny because it’s the background of my phone.


That was a fun day too, definitely that one of Phil, it always gets me sparked, because it's cool to see people that don't look like they would like that be able to skate that and skate it well, which is a good thing to see.

He’s one of my favorite skateboarders, like I have a lot of friends. The Deluxe filmer lives with us, all kinds of random people have stayed with us for a week, Mason Silva , he's an amazing skateboarder.


But there's no doubt in my mind that Phil is what skateboarder reminds me of, and what a skateboarder should be, generationally speaking.


So is it hard sometimes to stop skating and pick up the camera and shoot?


It just always depends where I’m at. If everyone's having a good time and skating, then I'll just stop skating, and pick up the camera and shoot. You have to figure that one out, whether you're going to sit on the sidelines or you're going to participate. Sometimes the sidelines aren’t a bad spot.