Moments with Andrey Tarasov Skating LA
Roamers spent the day exploring the in's and out's of Los Angeles's wild concrete jungle through the eyes of Andrey Tarasov.
"I have known Andrey Tarasov or “Juice” as I call him for a little under a year now. After initially meeting back in August, we have been able to shoot and spend a lot of time together throughout the last year. From shooting to schooling to skating to sharing a glass of wine after a long day, the kid is always on the move. Not only one of the most respectful cats you’ll come across but skateboarder, model, student, photographer, you name it, Andrey can do it. What inspires me the most is the drive and commitment the kid puts into every detail of everything he does. Juice exemplifies Roamers brand by the way he lives his life; up for anything and to the fullest. I had the opportunity to follow him around for what we called, “A day in the life of Andrey in LA.” If you want the inside scoop on “Juice” from skating to his favorite eats in LA to music to what it is like living in the city, keep reading, it’s worth it." - Logan Kruse, Roamer's Media
Occupation: Skateboarder, Model, Student.
"I want to do more than just skate. There's more to life than one thing."
"My favorite aspects of LA are being to do 8 things in one day if not more. Skate in the morning when I feel like it, go to a casting for a fashion brand that I've never heard of, to be able to shoot photos and experience life and end the day by doing something relaxing like going to bookstore or record store. Enjoying life like a coffee with friends. It's such a great feeling. You can do all these things in Los Angeles in one day but you'll probably get stuck in traffic."
"The first song that comes up on my playlist is Laisse Tomber Les Filles by France Gall, it's all in French, kind of an indie vibe. Some Devendra Banhart and Leon Bridges, and recently went to a Kevin Morby concert. I love the songs that get me hyped to skate."
"I was born in Moscow, Russia my grandparents gave my parents the opportunity to see America. They went to Florida and Atlanta, and figured Atlanta was the best place to raise a child. I got lucky to grow up there, learn how to skate. Then, I always knew I wanted to move to Los Angeles. I moved to LA when I was 18 to pursue skateboarding and art. There are lot of the opportunities are not the same in other parts of the world."
"Figaro Cafe in Las Filez is a French bistro spot that has a vintage French vibe right by Kinswell skate shop. I recently started riding for Kingswell and discovered it right next door. Order the omelet and obviously the mimosas. It's so good to hang out and have a cup a tea, it makes you feel like you're not even in the states anymore. It's crazy how in Los Angeles you can be in a pocket of the world and then making you feel like you're in a totally different place."
"I snuck into a Rolling Stones concert when I was 18-years-old, I'm forever hyped on that. Mick Jagger waved at us."
"I want to reach out of the realm of skateboarding. Skateboarding is influenced by other things, I think that I want to do more. Skateboarding is amazing but I want to be able to push my art, there's influence from everywhere. There's more to life than just one thing."
"Fear drives me, wanting to live drives me. I am scared to not do my best because I feel that if I don't do my best at the end of the day. I fear not feeling totally driven. If I don't have a fully productive day, I feel like I've wasted a day. As cliche as it sounds, I want to experience life to the best of my abilities."
"People think fear is a bad thing, but I think it's a great thing because it makes you want to do more."