David Gravette

David Gravette

Words By Migdol

It’s not easy picking the “Next Big AM” to feature here. The photos keep stacking up on the light table as list of heads who are waiting for interviews gets longer and longer. Only a week ago, as a matter of fact, we had something completely different planned for this spot. Somehow David Gravette landed here, I truly don’t know how it happened. Maybe it was some weird kind of evil magic spell that he and his creepy board sponsor cast upon us.  More than likely though, it is because the kid delivered the goods and bumped the weaker content to the curb.

SO HOW MANY DIFFERENT STYLE FLIPS HAVE YOU BEEN THROUGH IN YOUR LIFE?

I guess one. I skated pretty much only tranny when I was a kid.

I’M TALKING FASHION DUDE! 

I went through a big jean phase when I was like thirteen. I started hanging out with different people and started skating street. I was kind of an idiot when I was little. I don’t think I knew what I was doing. I never had any sense of fashion. I wore whatever I had in my drawer. I was always wearing a bunch of weird shit. Weird cargo pants with big pockets.

HAVE YOU HAD MANY ENCOUNTERS WITH PRO HO’S YET? 

There have been a couple; there have definitely been a couple. Especially in Portland. Portland is the place for Pro Hos. Portland has many vaginas that look like straight up holes. I’ve seen it, I seen the straight open hole. I was hanging out at the Mountain Dew Tour last year and my friend was like, “Hey, I have this girl you should go have sex with, she’ll do any skater that comes into town.” I called her but she didn’t answer, I saw her at the contest but she was already with Greg Lutska.

SO YOU GOT SLOPPY SECONDS FROM GREG LUTSKA?

No I didn’t actually have a close encounter with this one, I just saw her open her legs and she wasn’t wearing underwear.

IT’S FUNNY I’VE COME ACROSS SEVERAL DUDES WHO HAVE HAD PRO HO STORIES FROM PORTLAND AND THEY’RE ALL THE SAME. CLINT PETERSON TOLD ME ABOUT A GIRL WITH MASSIVE GENITALIA FROM PORTLAND. I THINK HER NAME WAS SOCCER BALL PUSSY. 

It’s not a clean place.

Frontside 5/0′s Keep David Gravette from committing sucide. Photo: Hameke.

SO DID GROWING UP IN SEATTLE WITH ALL THE RAIN MAKE YOU SAD?  

No it made me more appreciative of skating everywhere else.

DOESN’T IT GET DEPRESSING UP THERE?

Mainly I just get depressed when I am injured and can’t skate.

SO HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT SUICIDE?

When I was fifteen I broke my foot really badly and pulled all the ligaments and couldn’t skate for months. I was seriously depressed and I didn’t go to school. My mom tricked me and told me she was taking me to the doctor for a check up but when I got there the doctor was asking me about suicide. I was like, “What?” I guess my mom was worried that I was getting suicidal. It was bad. I had insomnia. I couldn’t sleep. I had gnarly depression.

SO YOU WERE SUICIDAL? 

I guess you could say that. At that point I really had nothing else in my life except skateboarding.

David Gravette Axle Bash Yank In at Dave Bergthold’s bowl. Photo: Brandan Klein.

DO YOU BELIEVE IN GHOSTS?

Yeah. Ghosts are gnarly.

HAVE YOU SEEN ONE?

Yeah I have definitely seen a ghost. It was in Washington. One night at three o clock in the morning a couple of friends and I were hanging out with these girls and we decided we’d go skinny-dipping. We had to walk like a quarter mile path through the woods to get to this lake. I was trying to impress the girls so I ran up ahead in the dark and I was going to hide and jump out and scare them and sneak in a little hug or something. Then this dude just showed up out of nowhere wearing white pants and a white shirt. He was just walking straight ahead he didn’t say anything. I was like, “Wow you just scared the shit out of me!” He didn’t even talk to me or look at me. A little further on he just kept walking right past the rest of the group and they said, “Wow you just scared the shit out of us.”. It was definitely some scary shit. Everyone kept repeating the same line, “I can’t believe that just happened.”.

YEAH BUT MAYBE IT WASN’T A GHOST. MAYBE IT WAS JUST SOME DUDE WHO DIDN’T FEEL LIKE TALKING TO YOU. 

Oh it was a ghost. I got that feel about it. He was kind of glowing. There was no way it wasn’t a ghost. He had to hop a fence in the pitch black at 3 o’clock in the morning to get in there. He was all by himself just walking. It was dark and he came out of nowhere. It was either some crazy dude on mushrooms or a ghost.

ISN’T THERE A HUGE PANHANDLING SKATER POPULATION UP IN SEATTLE? 

There are definitely a large number of them. San Francisco is way worse; we’ve been here for a couple of nights. Wherever you go there are so many crack heads begging for change that accost you. They ask you for money and when you say you don’t have any they just drill you. They don’t let up. It’s all about the approach, if they are going to come at me like that and get all up in my face I’m not going to give them shit. In my hometown we’ve got a bum named Tom.  Tom is the man. He’s always has a sign that says, “Support to Inebriate the Homeless Foundation.”. One time he asked me for a cigarette and I was like, “No sorry, I don’t smoke.”. And he’s like, “Oh you should start it’s the best thing I’ve done with my life.”. At least he gives you something, a little words of wisdom or a song or something”. You can at least show some effort. These San Francisco bums don’t know what they are doing.

MAYBE YOU SHOULD START A SCHOOL TO TEACH HOMELESS PEOPLE HOW TO BEG FOR CHANGE.

David Gravette

David Gravette Nosegrind

If skateboarding doesn’t work out it could definitely be a possibility.

WHAT IF DARREN NAVARETTE CAME UP TO YOU AND SAID, “EVERYONE ON CREATURE HAS HAD A SPIRITUAL AWAKENING AND WE HAVE ALL BEEN REBORN IN THE NAME OF JESUS. CREATURE IS, FROM NOW ON GOING TO BE CHRISTIAN COMPANY. WHAT WOULD YOU DO?”

I could never see that happening so I could never get into that mindset. I might have to roll with it, unless they started doing sermons every morning on trips or something like that. That might get kind of weird.

WHAT WOULD BE BOARD BRAND YOU WOULD TRY AND RIDE FOR IF CREATURE BECAME A CHRISTIAN BRAND? 

There is no other, Creature is fucking sick.

YEAH BUT IF YOU HAD TO WHERE WOULD YOU GO?

Whatever company I had homies on. Probably Black Label or Crimson. Label was my favorite company growing up. Jason Adams was like my favorite skater when I was a kid, I loved Label kills, watched it everyday. I sent them a tape a while ago and they called me and I talked to that dude Tom. It was kind of weird; he was asking me a bunch of questions. I guess he was trying to decide if I fit the image or something. It was kind of weird. He was like, “This is Black Label Skateboards! You’ve got to go Fast, you’ve got to wreck yourself!” “This is Punk Rock!” “This is Hard Core Skateboarding!” Lots of weird shit, he asked me what kind of bands I liked.

SO IF YOU TOLD THEM YOU WERE REALLY INTO J LO YOU PROBABLY WOULDN’T GET ON. 

Yeah it would have been done.

WHAT DO YOU THINK GOD IS?

According to South Park god is a giant rat or something.

WHO DO YOU BELIEVE IS THE MOST OVERRATED SKATER RIGHT NOW? WHO IS MAKING MONEY AND WHO DOESN’T DESERVE IT?

Ah man that is a bad question, that is the kind of question that I answer and a certain group of people hate me forever.

SO THERE IS SOMEONE YOU ARE THINKING OF RIGHT NOW?

Oh I’ve got a name for sure. I’ve got a couple of names. I don’t think I can. For all I know they are really cool people.

SO IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT?

Yeah the house I that I was staying at had some history. Someone died at a Halloween party there. I was in Australia at the time.  They had a bouncer and like 250 plus people showed up, there was a cover of 5 dollars. One of the roommates got pushed down the stairs. So the roommate was like “Get him”. And about 50 people pored down the stairs, if you’ve seen the movie Kids where they beat the shit out of the rollerblader, that was basically what it was like. They put his head through the windshield of a car and they stomped him. They took him to the hospital and I guess he died. Nobody knew who he was. They said there was going to be a full investigation and all this stuff and everyone was all freaked out. But the cops never came back. So I guess people can get away with murder in Seattle. It was gnarly.

SO YOU HAVE AN ALIBI SINCE YOU WERE IN AUSTRALIA. SO DO YOU STILL LIVE IN THAT HOUSE?

I was but our lease was up and they wouldn’t let us renew our lease and they made us leave early.

WOW THAT’S SHOCKING! SO MAYBE THAT GHOST THAT YOU SAW WAS THE GHOST OF THAT DUDE THAT GOT KILLED AT YOUR HOUSE. 

We saw that ghost way before that happened at our house.

YEAH BUT GHOSTS DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT TIME. THEY CAN GO BACK IN TIME TO HAUNT YOUR ASS! 

That would be sick if they could do that.

WHAT IS YOUR FAMILY LIKE?

My dad is hilarious, my mom is now getting into grandma mode, and when ever I bring people over she always wants to feed everyone. The other night I was there with all my friends and she brought us a case of beer for everyone. I was like, “Yeah mom! You’re killing it!” My dad likes to make up swear words. He’ll combine two swear words that don’t really make sense.   He’ll make weird combinations like bastardfuck. My parents definitely let me do what I want to do.  They fully support me skateboarding.

NAME YOUR SPONSORS NOW.
Creature Skateboards, Independent Trucks, Duffs Shoes, Bones Wheels and Bearings, Spirit Skateshop, SBW skatepark.

YOU’RE SPONSORED BY A SKATEPARK?
Yeah they let me skate the park for free and they actually give me health insurance. It super fun to go there and skate with all the bros. Its kinda like a High School though a lot of drama. There are only like three girls there and everyone wants to have sex with them. It’s like 100 guys or more trying to get on three girls and it definitely causes a lot of drama. And I think I am riding for Mob Grip so I can give them a shout out.

 


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