Interview with Victorio Piva - 2017
I have started living day to day on the basis that I do not want to look back and say “I wish I would have….” If you are going to have regrets, which we all are, make them be for things you did, not things that you wish you would have.
- Hi Victorio! Tell us a little about yourself.
Hello, I am Victorio Piva. Most people who follow my social media know me as a bearded alt model, but I am a father, a husband, an uncle, a little brother and the baby of my family. I love motorcycles and old cars, and have a weakness for the clothing that go hand in hand with this culture.
- How long have you been using instagram? What are you trying to convey to your followers?
I can’t remember exactly how long I have been on IG, but if I had to guess i would say between 3-4 years. I am a model and want to show my audience the life I live from the photographer's point of view. I don’t pretend to ride bikes and enjoy old cars in my shots, most of the images have my personal bikes or cars in the photos, it is my lifestyle, so I think that is why I’ve had a successful modeling career. I am not faking it, people see that it's genuine, natural and not forced.
- Your profile is full of stylish clothes, is this your daily look?
Yes, this is how I dress daily. This look feels good to me and makes me feel confident when I’m dressed this way. I can do day to day things in these clothes, look stylish, be comfortable, and then hop on my bike for a ride in the same outfit.
Right now I have my 78 Harley Davidson shovel head. I call it “Stupid Bastard” because that is what my cousin seemed to always call me!
- Looking at your profile, we saw many photos with motorcycles. Do you have a motorcycle? Tell about it. Why did you choose the motorcycle?
Yes, I had two bikes until just recently. I sold my Rigid chopper to a friend to fund another project I wanted to start. Right now I have my 78 Harley Davidson shovel head. I call it “Stupid Bastard” because that is what my cousin seemed to always call me! I grew up riding bikes with my cousin Duck. He was my best friend from childhood into our adult lives. We lost him a few years ago in a motorcycle accident. I jumped through hoops to get his bike after he passed. I have amazing memories of us riding thousands of miles on this this bike and another shovel head he had at the time. I’ve kept many things how he had them originally, but I’ve added my own personal touches. It’s a kickstart only, has no front brake, a jockey shift and suicide clutch; you can’t wipe the smile off my face when I am behind the bars on this thing. I guess you could say, this bike chose me, it is the last piece of my cousin I have. I get to take one more ride with him every time I kick it over and take a rip. It feels like he’s always with me when I’m on this bike. I go through bikes and cars a lot. I never seem to be satisfied, but this is a bike that I will have forever. Someday I will be teaching my son how to ride it and sharing all of it’s stories as I pass it down to him.
- In recent times, popular Heritage style, whether you agree with the statement «good clothes eventually gets better»?
I do agree. If the clothes are good, they will just get better with time. Nothing better than slipping on your favorite pair of jeans, boots, or a shirt that have been through some adventures and experiences throughout your life. If they are good clothes, the wear and tear just gives them more style and strengthens the impact of the statement being made by wearing them.
- What you think every men should have in his wardrobe?
A good pair of fitting jeans, a pair of boots you can walk miles in if needed, and a fitted black T shirt. I like accessories too, a good ring or watch that makes a statement.
- What advice would you give to our readers?
I have learned that having regrets with loved ones or life choices can be a hard pill to swallow. So I have started living day to day on the basis that I do not want to look back and say “I wish I would have….” If you are going to have regrets, which we all are, make them be for things you did, not things that you wish you would have.