Concrete Skateboarding Magazine Issue 115

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Identity

David Gravette

“Chaotic genius” is perhaps the best way to describe Creature Pro David Gravette. This Issaquah, Washington-born, Portland, Oregon transplant always seems to pushing the limits of what most would deem as either sane or possible. Whether he’s skating, partying or getting tattooed, you can always be rest assured there is no half-measure in this 23-year-old’s vocabulary. After putting out consistently charging video parts for nearly a decade, and jumping on every roadtrip available, one can only wonder: “What makes a man of such character tick?” Read on to find out… —Matt Meadows

Top movies in your rotation?

Detroit Rock City is one of the best movies of all time. Can’t forget Fubar for all the Canadians, and Run Ronnie Run is a fuckin’ classic.

Best things about being from the Pacific Northwest?

Nature is probably the top one; there’s rivers to swim in and float on, fishing, shooting guns. It’s cheaper with less traffic and less douchebags.

Favourite inspirational quote?

My grandpa died when I was six, and my dad gave me his World War II-issued Colt .45.

Top tattoos you have?

I like the “Dang Me” noose tattoo on my left forearm. There’s “Spliff Life” with the stoned skull and weed leaf behind it on my right calf. It was done by Chris Adams, who did my first board graphic.

Story behind the name of your C1RCA shoe, The Lamb?

The longest-running nickname I’ve had is “Baby Lamb,” which I got on my second Creature trip when I was 17. I had a pinched nerve in my back that hurt so bad, and I’d let off these weird noises. I guess it sounded like a lamb.

How many surgeries have you had? Seven. Two on each of my hips to remove scar tissue bursa sacs and dead tissue from infections; I severed my left thumb pretty much off, so I had surgery on that and my right ankle twice.

What’s your worst habit?

I’ve got a bad habit of getting too excited and being an idiot on the first day of trips, then getting hurt. I’ve done it a whole bunch.

Best things about visiting Canada?

Poutine, cheap weed, and good people watching down on Hastings Street in Vancouver. Pretty much it’s the awesome skateparks in Vancouver; I love snake runs and fly-outs, for sure.

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David Allan Coe once told me through a song that “You gotta learn how to pick ‘em, son / learn how to lick ‘em, son / learn how to stick ‘em, son…”

Most prized possession?

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