Photo: DeSean McClinton-Holland
Alexander Paris (pictured)
Artist and witch, Bushwick
What brought you to the rink?
I had a performance at the Armory. Afterward, I smoked a joint with a friend and then got paranoid, so I got off the train and went to Central Park. I heard “I Feel Love,” by Donna Summer, and I looked up and saw a neon sign with big disco balls, and it said “DiscOasis.” I remembered that my friend messaged me earlier asking if I could come. Then the Queens remix of Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul” started playing, and I couldn’t take it anymore. I got a ticket and skates even though it was $60.
Was it worth the price?
Once I got inside, I was like, Oh God, I can’t even afford a locker. I begged the people working, and they let me hide my stuff somewhere. But I don’t regret it. I nailed my performance and got an email from artist Karen Finley that was like, “You’re a dreamboat and a star.” So I wanted to treat myself.
And you’re also a witch?
I come from a long line of witches. My mom was a witch. My grandma was a Vodou priestess. I don’t cast spells, but I’m a master manifester. When I dream of something happening, it ends up working out.
Sales associate, Hell’s Kitchen
Engineer, Old Bridge, New Jersey
Real-estate broker, Floral Park
Did you come by yourself?
I was supposed to go with a group that ended up canceling. I said, “You know what? I’m just going to go,” and drove right to Central Park in this crazy outfit. Do I sound like a loser? Or do I sound gutsy, like a New York woman who would go by herself anywhere?
DiscOasis performer, Prospect–Lefferts Gardens
Production secretary, Park Slope
What made you want to come tonight?
I love disco. I literally have a disco-ball tattoo that I got in Amsterdam. There are a lot of reasons and memories attached to it, which, now that I’m thinking about it, that’s what disco balls do: They reflect light in so many different ways.
Paraprofessional, Crown Heights
Freelance photographer, Brooklyn Heights
Chiropractor, Park Slope
How was your night?
I’m here for a birthday. First we had a few drinks to loosen up. Then we started skating and we fell and fell. My friends made a Reel that’s basically a compilation of all of us falling.
DiscOasis performer, Bushwick
DiscOasis performer, Bedford-Stuyvesant
Creative-production coordinator, East Harlem
Where’d you get your outfit?
Mostly from Buffalo Exchange. My headwrap is actually a tankini top. I found the bell-bottoms in the Pride section, and they’re technically assless. I was like, Can’t do that, so I wore black leggings over them and then added a wraparound skirt to give it more glitzy glam.
Human-resources partner, Brooklyn Heights
DiscOasis performer, Hell’s Kitchen
What brought you to the rink?
Nile invited me. We were in a band when we were teenagers. When I saw signs for DiscOasis in Los Angeles, I called him and said, “We don’t have any rinks in Manhattan. What are you doing in L.A.?”
Jocelyn Marie Goode
Roller-skate-museum founder, East Harlem
Fitness instructor, Harlem
Social-media marketer, Jackson Heights
Onni “Oxenfree” Adams
DiscOasis performer, East New York
Do you have a signature move?
I do this thing called an Oxenfree Matrix. It’s like a backbend all the way back, like in The Matrix, and then I come back up. It’s the move people know me for — basically playing limbo on skates.
DiscOasis performer, Washington Heights
Photographs by DeSean McClinton-Holland