Shock Mansion: First up mate, we appreciate the time you’ve given us. We know you’re busy as hell so cheers for having us.
Skinhead Rob: Shit, thank you for givin a fuck.
Shock Mansion: We wanted to hook straight into a topic we hold close to our
heart, getting tattooed. You have a lot of ink in places which aren’t very commonly tattooed. What are some of the most painful areas you’ve had done? Your head must have been pretty fucken gnarly first time around?
Skinhead Rob: I don’t know, I remember my stomach wasn’t too fun. That was like 15 years ago though. And pretty much anywhere on the neck. I aint got my ribs, or the bend in my legs done yet but I hear it
sucks. My head wasn’t that bad, just real uncomfortable. But my homie Mr. Cartoon did it and he works quick and has a light hand. And he fuckin gets down.
Shock Mansion: Do you run with the same artist these days or do you collect work from different people?
Skinhead Rob: Mark Mahoney was the last person I got something from. He did the RIP LIL CHRIS on my neck. There’s a lotta good artists out there who id like to get work from though, I just aint gotta lotta free time these days to go sit in a chair all day.
Shock Mansion: Have you had to cut back on any wild purchases since the economic downturn?
Skinhead Rob: Nah, I’ve pretty much always been broke.
Shock Mansion: What would be your ultimate ride?
Skinhead Rob: I got a Harley I’m pretty happy with. I like it better than any car I’ve ever had.
Shock Mansion: What/who got to into music back in the day?
Skinhead Rob: As far as i can remember back I’ve always loved music. I could never play an instrument to save my life though. Still can’t. My homies would be like:
“Man, YOU need to go ahead and have a group or an album or whatever because YOU really be out here doin this shit everyone talkin about.”
I never really put much thought into it though. Then Tim Armstrong hit me up to do some songs in his basement and that’s how it started. Long story short.
Shock Mansion: Who would be an ultimate person for you to collaborate with musically?
Skinhead Rob: Shit I have no idea. I think I need to be in a metal band.
Shock Mansion: What did you do to put food on the table before your music
career took off?
Skinhead Rob: I used to work for bands like AFI and Rancid. Not saying that put food on my table though.
Shock Mansion: We see a lot of people repping Expensive taste clothing, is the merchandise side of your band turning into something much larger?
Skinhead Rob: That’s pretty much all it is these days since the music business is fucked. I aint trippin though. It’d be nice to do both and maybe we will but it is what it is.
Shock Mansion: What other music are you listening to at the moment, besides your own?
Skinhead Rob: I never listen to my own music. So far today I’ve listened to Andre Nickatina, Disfear, Swingin Utters, Alchemist, High On Fire, The Jam, and Strong Arm Steady. I listen to all kinds of different shit.
Shock Mansion: Which country/city do you think has the best weed?
Skinhead Rob: Right here. Los Angeles, California. Trust me.
Shock Mansion: A zombie infection is sweeping across LA, what would
be your weapon of choice to fend off the brain hungry monsters?
Skinhead Rob: I am a zombie. But if I have to get down, my 12 gauge works just fine.
Shock Mansion: Ever had Vegemite? Want us to send you some?
Skinhead Rob: No thanks.
Shock Mansion: If you were ever homeless, what would your cardboard sign have written on it?
Skinhead Rob: Something to divert your attention so it’d be easier to tear you outta your car at the light.
Shock Mansion: What’s in store for Skinhead Rob in 2010 mate? What can we keep an eye out for?
Skinhead Rob: I’ll pretty much just be working on Expensive Taste, tryin to push the brand and spread the ignorance. Maybe some guest appearances here and there on a few albums.
Shock Mansion: Where can people follow you, your music and your clothing online?
Shock Mansion: Thank you so much for your time mate, give us a yell if you’re ever touring through Australia and we’ll cross paths and smoke trees.
Skinhead Rob: Man that’s what I’m sayin. I aint been down there yet. I need to though.
Skinhead Rob at Magic Trade Show 2009
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