My name is Toyla. I’m from Moscow I skate draw, make tattoos, do what I like. My parents divorced when I was 11, but it all started when I was 10. My father was drinking a lot and fights were happening all the time. They divorced. My sister stayed with my Mom and I stayed with my Father, in order to support him, so he wouldn’t lose heart completely. Yes, it was hard, for 3 years it was a total headfuck. You wake up in the morning, not even morning,
4 am when he is drunk begging for money from you and so on. I think it was safe back then, nobody used to lock the doors, like in one big village. And now it’s a big city.
People get killed, people drink, people work, I think people in the west think that in Russia there are still bears in the streets, all the people drink vodka and wear fur coats all year long. Why I like to be creative… I think first off all it’s for me, to find myself. I express myself with skating. To get away from everything, all my problems, just take my skateboard, turn on the music and go. To enjoy, not tricks but just skating. Now it’s just some sort of relaxation. And streetskating changed my worldview. How can you not like the place you were born? I think it’s more… what is inconvenient… is our political ‘approaches’, for youth and everything, for our development. So now young people would rather go get wasted in their neighborhood than be interested in what’s coming up next I make tattoos because first of all I like to draw. and secondly it is cheap for my friends. I make tattoos on myself because I like it. I think all of my tattoos, if you look at them, you can tell what kind of person I am. Because I never wear masks, I am what I am.