Reeves original idol was John Grimek but, as he progressed, he started to look at classical art. To quote Reeves, “I looked at myself as an artist. I wanted to sculpt my physique. While I was originally very impressed with Grimek, he was massive but seemed to lack the quality I was looking for. When I competed against him, it was even more obvious. Grimek’s back was thick. His traps were very massive. Really thick lumbar and lower back. But he had no lats. No V-shape. I wanted to go beyond that and I did. This gives the body an aesthetic look. End quote. In the mid 1940s, Reeves became more inspired by Clarence Ross and Al Stephan, for their V shape.