My name is Erik and I am not a douche bag. I know these dating sites can be full of such types, but I am a cocktail of deep character and integrity, shaken not stirred. I have no tolerance for those, who when given the choice still choose ignorance. Nor do I have patience for those who perpetuate dogmatic practices and are generally close-minded to the world outside their own. I will never claim to know everything, but I can tell you one thing that I do know for certain: keeping people dumb and poor is not the answer. I guess the best way to describe me is that I am one part rock n roll, another part New York City soul, and two parts 18-year single malt Scotch whiskey, shaken to the beat of an afro-Cuban jazz track, poured with care over 1 ice cube made from the dew drops off a California Redwood sprinkled with the ashes of the late Bill Hicks while cruising in a red '67 Chevy El Camino with my beach cruiser in the back and Zeppelin's "Black Dog" turned up on the radio. I also don't like nuts in my brownies.
See, "it started when we were little kids. Free spirits, but already tormented by our own hands given to us by our parents. We got together and wrote on desks and slept [under stars in the hills or mountains] and slipped through whatever cracks we could find, minds altered, we didn't falter in portraying hysterical and tragic characters in a smog filled universe. We loved the dirty city and the journeys away from it. We had not yet been or seen our friends, selves, chase tails round and round in downward spirals, leaving trail of irretrievable, vital life juice behind. Still, the brothersbloodcomradespartnerfamilycuzz was impenetrable and we lived inside it laughing with no clothes, and everything experimental 'till death was upon us. In our face, mortality. And lots of things seemed futile then, but love and music can save us, and did, while the giant gray monster grew more poisoned and volatile around us, jaws clamping down and spewing ugly sh*taround. Nothing is the same. So we keep moving. We keep moving.....
We went to [Burbank] High School Jumped off buildings into their pools. We'd sit down and grease at [Harry's]. Run like hell they can't catch us. [Just a] boy in L.A. proper. [Just a] boy in L.A. proper. Stealin' anything that we could. Gotta sneak into the [Mondrian]. Gotta peak into the deep good."
**Born and raised in LA listening to N.W.A.**
..."Now what do you think? You think I'm qualified?"
I'm also really good at talking my way through airport security and check in lines. Fly with me, I'll take care of it.
Pour one out for my homies: Shannon Hoon, Layne Staley, Kurt Cobain, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Jimmy Hendrix, Michael Jackson, Bradley Nowell, Keith Moon, James Honeyman-Scott and Pete Farndon of the Pretenders, Jim Morrison, Jon Bonham, Sid Vicious, Howie Epstein, Tim Buckley, Dee Dee Ramone, Dwayne Goettel, Paul Gray, Janis Joplin, Michael Hutchence, Amy Winehouse, Zac Foley, and a friend and colleague to many of us, Adam Goldstein (DJ AM).
Art: Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, Dave Kinsey, Daniel Maltzman, James Roper, Jillian Kogan, Emek Ecks, Brin Levinson, Rembrandt, Todd Slater, Bill Callahan, Jermaine Rogers, K3N, Derek Hess, Sarah Joncas, Ralph Steadman, Justin Kamerer, Alex Grey, Dan Stiles, Mimi Yoon, David Askill. [Graffiti]: Banksy, Louis Carreon, Mr. Brainwash, Shepard Fairey, RETNA, Roadsworth, ROA. Mat Benote. [Photography]: Tim Bret-Day, Peter Eaton Gurnz, Rob Sheridan, Adam Jones (of Tool), Patrick Bentley (Denmark), Rob Sheridan, Fiona Garden, Ben Cope, Norman Seeff, Dirk Mai, Tyler Shields. [Tattoo]: Derrek Everette, Mark Mahoney, John Hart. [Design]: Phillipe Starck, Ian Schraeger, Damian Hirst. [Short Form Music Video and Feature Film Directors]: Spike Jonze, Darren Aronsofsky, Mark Romanek, Michel Gondry, kRob Zombie, Aggressive (Alex Topaller and Daniel Shapiro), Spike Lee, Nicholaus Goossen, Paris Barclay, Matt Alonzo, Tim Burton, Martin Scorsese, Chris Cunningham, Gus Van Sant, Stanley Kubrick, Anton Corbijn, Jason Goldwatch, Kathryn Bigelow, James Cameron, Woody Allen, Guy Richie, Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Garcia, Sam Mendes, Lasse Hallström, David Fincher, Stéphane Sednaoui, Jonathan Glazer, Hype Williams, Sofia Coppola, Shawn Foster, Antoine Fuqua, Keith Schofield, Kevin Kerslake, Ruben Fleischer, Romain Gavras
Food: I am a guy. I eat food.
I Rock This Fashion: Alexander McQueen, Diesel, Mark Nason, ksubi, John Varvatos, Tevin Vincent, Chrome Hearts, Dior Homme, Skin.Graft, Paul Smith, Civil, Genetic Denim, Yohji Yamamoto, ALLSAINTS, Future Heretics, Yves Saint Laurent, Fendi, Ermenegildo Zegna, Neuw, Robert Anthony Designs, Lacoste, Salvatore Ferragamo, Rock & Republic, Louis Vuitton, Sabre, Richard X, Surface to Air, U.N.I.F., Thiery Mugler by Nicola Formichetti
You Rock That Fashion: Nicholas Kirkwood, Aida Bergsen, Dimepiece, Agent Provocateur, Alexander Wang, Bordelle, Hudson Jeans, Fleur of England, Rock Angel, Amir Slama, Paper Denim, Mandy Coon, Christopher Kane, Rebecca Minkoff, U.N.I.F., American Gold, Christian Louboutin, Sideshow by the Sea, modekungen, Jenna Leigh, KIDVISKOUS, Jonathan Aston, Mark Fast, Alexandra Jefford, Elaine Kim, Isabelle Marant, Victoria's Secret, Versace, Rag and Bone, Fantasie, Chanel, Araks, True Religion Denim, Freya, American Apparel, Yotam Solomon, Damaris, A(R)MOR, Citizens of Humanity, Rodarte, Blank Denim, Hanky Panky, Borgioni, Golden Rule LA, Young Inspired & Proper, Arik Kastan, Raquel Allegra, I.D. Sarrieri, martinMARTIN, Oscar de la Renta, Chip and Pepper, Carine Gilson, Suicide Girls, Valentino, Princesse Tam.Tam, Chaser LA, Wacoal, Jean Yu, La Perla, Leviticus, Tavik Swimwear, Toxic Vision, INTIMISSIMI, c.r.a.f.t. denim, Crumpet, Valisere, Enza Costa
Books: Presidential Biographies and Other Political Non-Fiction, Dr. Seuss
Movies (a rare opportunity): Requiem for a Dream, Casino, 54, Mighty Aphrodite, Boondock Saints, Shrek, Finding Neverland, Point Break, The Departed, City of God, Crash, Tommy Boy, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Blow, Pulp Fiction, The Basketball Diaries, Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, Almost Famous, Snatch, Scarface, Reservoir Dogs, Trainspotting, Any Given Sunday, 25th Hour, Dazed and Confused, Mulholland Drive, Old School, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Wayne's World, Spun, Up in Smoke, A Clockwork Orange, Lock Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels, Sexy Beast, Boogie Nights, Amores Perros, Pirates of the Caribbean, Inception, Valley of the Dolls, The French Connection, A Prophet, Let the Right One In, Walk the Line, Drugstore Cowboy, Oldboy, Traffic, New Jack City, Apocalypse Now, From Paris with Love, The Godfather II, Kids, Liquid Sky, Magnolia, Boyz in da Hood, Natural Born Killers, Rush, Training Day, Wonderland
(Kill your) TV: Breaking Bad, Californication, Dexter, AC 360, Daily Show w/ Jon Stewart
"The world is like a ride in an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it you think it's real because that's how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it's very brightly coloured and it's very loud and it's fun, for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time and they begin to question: "Is this real, or is this just a ride?" And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, "Hey, don't worry, don't be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride." And we kill those people." - R.I.P. Bill Hicks
I know where Tupac is.
Or if you don't know what to say, send me a list of the Top 5-10 tracks, albums, or artists that you just couldn't live without.