Have you ever stepped into somebody’s home and felt like you were transported into another realm? That’s exactly how we felt as we began our tour of Roc Nation’s Young Paris’s Brooklyn apartment. To say that the vibe was warm and welcoming would be an understatement—the majority of Paris’s walls are covered with his artistic endeavors. Picture: abstract lines, circles, triangles, and lines. It was enough to make us want to buy a can of paint on the way home and give our own walls a fresh coat.
As soon as we stepped into Paris’s room, we were surrounded by prints and patterns galore. Hangers on hangers of Marcelo Burlon, mixed amongst a ton of beautifully made, brightly colored custom two-piece outfits. Everything matched perfectly to Paris’s cool and authentic aesthetic, all the while giving a nod to his Congolese roots. We immediately got to work hanging shirts, pants, and shoes from every surface possible, Djembe drums included.
We lost track of time while shooting, as we paused between many shots to hear the stories behind the incredible paintings hung all around the apartment—did we mention that Paris’s father was world-renowned painter Andre Badila? NBD. The stories were only a warm-up for the ones we got to hear when we actually sat down with Paris to chat about how he got started, what inspires him, and his involvement with the melanin movement. Warning: after reading the below, be prepared to have Young Paris on repeat for the rest of the day.