So you left London to move to Spain, Barcelona. Didn’t you knew people there or did you just left home like that?
To be honest I think my parents perhaps thought that I would be back within a few months, you knowthat I will be running out of money and then come home but I am almost 30 now and I didn’t really come back, a part from casual visit. But yeah, basically went there with a skateboard and a backpack and I got a job learning English.
Without a degree?
Yes, I was mostly working 3 days a week, I was making 800 euros a month or something and I was skating as much as I could.
Barcelona was and still is the mecca of skateboarding, however for us some of the French people just go there to party because life is cheap as hell.
Totally I lived 5 years in Barcelona, and that is probably one of the reason I left in the end cuz it’s like «Never, Never Land». It is too easy to be there and have a crazy lifestyle,you are there, want to skate, party, and nothing really happens, no real action there that you could find in London, Paris or Tokyo. Nothing moves foward.
Did you move around Europe?
Maybe around 2008 - 2009, I planned a few trip. I saved money for a year, go on a big skate trip for a month or so, comeback, working, saving and living again.
You met people there?
Yes, I was already going on trip before but I met this filmaker Patrick Wallner and ended up going to New York for 3 months, he was living there, invited me on a trip from Moscow to Hong Kong by train. That was my first visual travelling experience with a group of friends and since then I do this every year, it has been 8 years.
Alien Workshop videos blew my mind when I was younger and always made me wanted to grab my board and skate.
Older skate from my hometown made me 3 VHS tapes with bootleg videos on them with GIRLS Skateboard - Mouse, then some random porn clips, it was like 50 % skate, 50 % porn. The old FTC videos, San Fransisco old era and stuff... Few of the skaters that I watched while growing up had sponsors or had been in the states for awhile.
Did you had in mind to be Pro or something like that, or said to yourself «Ok, I can do this for a living»?
I don’t know if I ever thought it was possible but I just wanted to skate and that is where it is happening.
Since when you are living in Japan?
In 2011 I first got here which was 4 days before the earthquake hit. It was on one of those trip I was talking about earlier. I went in Tokyo, got a job teaching English here straight away in those 4 days. I had a job interview the day of the Earthquake, they offered me the job it was super far away so I took the train back to my place and it happened like that in a second. After awhile I started to work for FTC in the store until this company came up. Evisen Skateboard and Tightboots production is those guys from Osaka that produce videos and now they’re making a full clothing line. We got two offices and this one is where we make the design, the creative stuff and all the stock are in Osaka where they’re taking care of the shipping. We are just starting distribution, everything is new.