Eli “I’m PArt of the Problem” Reed
What’s your middle name?
Any good nicknames?
Nothing good. Haha.
Where are you from?
I was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Right next to Boston. I lived there til I was 10 and then moved to Lexington for a couple years and then moved to East Boston.
Did you grow up hearing stories about Jake Phelps around Cambridge?
Yeah, all the Maxim guys would tell me about him. He would come back to visit a bunch and skate the C-Bowl. I would always hear about his amazing shit talking abilities.
Talk about what it means to have CHARISMA?
Spending time with your family.
What’s your relationship with Jereme Rogers like?
Its cool. I just saw him the other day in LA.
How long have you and PJ known each other?
I met PJ in 1997 I think, so we’ve been friends for over 10 years now. Watching him progress over the years has been amazing.
What’s the best part about living in NYC?
You never sleep!
How long have you been riding Ventures?
Since I was a kid!
Which Ventures do you ride?
The 5.2 wides. The big boys.
Is this your first Venture ad?
Where was this ad shot and who shot it?
Its at City Hall in downtown Manhattan. Allen Ying shot it.
Is this your favorite spot? You’ve got a lot of coverage there lately.
Not really. Its cool because you don’t get kicked out and its a dope looking spot.
What’s the weakest trend in skating right now?
Skating down stairs… but I think I’m a part of the problem. Haha!
What’s your kryptonite trick?
Should skateboarding be in the Olympics?
Yes. Go for the gold!
What is your first memory of skateboarding?
Getting an old school board for my 7th birthday.
Who were your early influences and why?
Robbie Gangemi, Jahmal Williams, PJ, Tom Penny, Andrew Reynolds. They’re all amazing skaters to watch.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Taking over the world! Haha!
Who’s your favorite Venture teammate?
Tim O’Connor. He’s too goddamn funny!
Do you have beef with anybody in the skateboard industry?
Not that I know of…
Favorite Boston slang word or phrase?
3 things you can’t live without?
Skateboarding, skateboarding, skateboarding.
3 reasons to keep skating?
To progress, get my own shoe, and my own signature Venture truck if I’m lucky!