Steve Reeves is the hirsute transition ripper from the Pacific Northwest who is helping Powell-Peralta reinvent itself yet again with his solid style, deep bag of tricks and creative approach. However, if you Google the name "Steve Reeves," the person I've just described is not the first thing that comes up. A massive bodybuilder and actor from the 1960s and 1970s is stealing some of skateboarding Steve Reeves' thunder. I gave him a call to get to the bottom of this mystery.
How much can you bench?
How much can I bench?! [Laughs] The last time I benched anything I was in middle school.
But aren't you a body builder?
Well that was a long, long time ago. That was back in the '80s ... could have been the '70s ... It was pretty much a prior lifetime.
So you definitely were a body builder right?
Oh for sure!
Ok good, because I wanted to make sure to have my information right. I'm looking at your page on Wikipedia right now.
[Laughs] Everyone does that! I've had people come up to me and be like, "Oh my god Steve Reeves?! The body builder?!" Yeah look at me, I'm totally a body builder.
What's funny is you died 11 years ago.
Yeah, yeah, that was just a technicality you know? I wanted to fake my own death so that I could try skateboarding.
Ohhh, so it's like a Tupac situation? You're basically skateboarding's Tupac?
Ah, well, maybe? [Laughs] Skateboarding's Tupac. That's so funny.
How are things going with Powell-Peralta?
So awesome! We are making the transition from just Powell to Powell-Peralta and we're using the old graphics again and It has been so great. Nothing but positive responses from everyone and people are like, "the graphics are so much better." The team is on point and it's still growing. It's awesome and it's going to get even better. I'm psyched to see what's going to come out of it.
I've heard the same myself. Being such a tranny monster how is your SKATE game?
Oh dude, I love playing dry-land SKATE! If I'm not skating a park I'm probably playing flat SKATE. There is this spot right across the bridge from Burnside in Portland and it's a perfect flat spot.
What is your clincher in a game of SKATE when it's down to the wire?
Probably a fakie frontside heelflip, not to be confused with a half cab heel. That's the jam dude.
What is the trick that always gets you a letter?
Probably a nollie front heel. That trick always gets me. I've landed maybe three of them in random games of SKATE but I hate that one.
Speaking of Portland, how are things up in the Northwest going for you?
Things in the northwest right now are pretty much rainy. It's winter so if it's not raining then its really, really cold. And you would think that being from Portland my whole life I wouldn't mind the cold but I hate it! I hate it so much! So I just left. After my birthday, on the fifth, we just left. My filmer Daniel and I are just chasing the sun. We went to the Bay for a while and stayed with the homies in Oakland. Now we're down in Oceanside and then we head to New Zealand for a week then Australia for a week. Then hopefully Phoenix, and who knows after that ... just trying to stay warm.
That's rad. It seems like a fun life. I've got to ask, do the ladies love your hair?
I don't know, I guess chicks are kind of into it. The reaction I get a lot is "Oh my god, I wish I had your hair!" So you know.
So does it usually lead to more?
Well, kinda. It's such an easy ice breaker. I don't even have to do anything, the ice breaks itself.
Do you put any products in it? How often do you wash it?
[Laughs] Nope, no products. I just wash it when I get a chance. Grab the garden hose and get it all wet, then throw on "Dechristianize" by Vital Remains and helicopter head-bang for a while and you're good. I don't do anything to it, but I comb it. The only annoying thing about having long hair is that you have to comb it or you get dreadlocks.
What's the best trip that you've ever been on?
The trip that comes to mind, because it was the most memorable, I went last August to Sweden for three weeks and England for a week. So I told my bank, hey guys, don't freeze my card, if there are charges in Stockholm it's me. So they said yeah, we've totally got your back. So I go over there and the first time I swipe my card it doesn't work. So it was frozen! So I didn't have any money for four weeks in Europe and it was brutal! My friend and I went and he lost his bank card a couple days before so he put all his money in my account and I was just going to get money out for him but I couldn't get any. The first weekend was a contest so we were all taken care of, but then we were in Stockholm. I had $60 when I landed in Copenhagen and I pretty much sold everything that I had. Powell hooked me up with boards to sell because they are so expensive in Europe and that helped a ton but by the end of it I was selling all my clothes and everything. I even sold the bag that I had been using to travel with.
Why didn't you call the bank and have them un-freeze your card?
That's what I thought! So I called my bank, which is CHASE by the way, I don't know if I can bash company's on here but I am bashing them pretty hard. But anyway, they told me the best they could do was send me a new card and it would take three weeks to get to me. So I am like, there is no way! I wouldn't even get it because I don't know where I'll be in three weeks! It was the most insane experience. We went from staying in a nice hotel the first weekend to sleeping in a playground next to the park in Malmo. It was crazy. And you'll never truly appreciate a bed until you don't have one anymore. I was psyched on that trip, though.