Harlow Graves

Name: Harlow Graves

Nickname: Harlow

What’s the origin of your name? Harlow comes from the old Hollywood bombshell actress Jean Harlow, and i just thought Graves sounded cool.

Number: 30

What does your number mean? May 30th is my wedding anniversary

Team: Heartbreak Rollers, NWA B-Team

What position do you play? The Pivot position has a very special place in my heart, but I can play any blocker position.

How long have you been skating? I started skating June of 2010

When did you join derby? October 2010

How did you get involved in derby? I have wanted to join the derby movement since the moment it started resurfacing in Texas, but I didn’t get enough confidence to play until I saw the Killbillies play that I knew that I had to join this amazing sport.

Signature move: I’m not sure this counts as signature move, but I’m notorious for chasing the jammer through the pack and being able to hold a skater with my booty.

What role do you play behind the scenes? PR Committee

Pre-bout ritual: Sleep in, check all my gear, pick-out a super cute outfit, and then I spend a ridiculous amount of time on my hair, which is ridiculous, because I’m just going to put a helmet on and mess it all up!

Motivational quote: You got this!!!

Derby heroes: Slammerella, Suzy Hotrod, Frida Beater, Eclipse, Evolution, Retting to Rumble

What makes you have instant respect for a derby skater? Attitude, respect, and ability to teach others.

What do you do outside of derby? If I’m not skating, spending time with my family, working as a creative director/designer, binging in a local punk band (Glory Bones), I like to read and watch movies.

Favorite derby moment so far? Winning the 2011 Home Championship with my fellow Heartbreakers, and then winning the MVP for the championship game.

Favorite derby teams? Kansas City Roller Warriors, The Texecutioners, Gotham City All-Stars, Oly Rollers

If you could remove one penalty from the game what would it be? There are a lot of them that I have a hard time not doing during a bout, but I would say most of them are needed for the game to be played fair and safe.

What advice would you like to give up and coming derby players? Don’t give up!!! It takes a long time to learn the sport so hang in there and give it 100%.

Derby awards? MVP of the 2011 (Home teams) Championship game

Where are you from? Modesto, California. My family moved to Arkansas when I was 11.

How long have you lived here? 17 years (except for the 3rd year when I attended The Art Institute of Dallas in Dallas, TX)

What keeps you here? Family, friends, and my career.

Animals? I have a very lovable, 1 year old, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, named Panic on the Streets of Brooklyn, aka Brooklyn.

Family? I have a 4 year old daughter, Lillian Clementine, a very supportive husband Jake. And my mother, father, brother and in-laws also live in the NWA area.