Considering what I make doing this, I sometimes think I should have been a plumber.
I'm trying to read better books, but sadly, I'm in a line of work where one can look at comics and call it "research". In any case, I like the work of Hunter S. Thompson, Terry Pratchett, Henry Miller, Charles Bukowski, Philip K. Dick and J.G. Ballard. The last thing I read was Alan Moore's "From Hell", which was admirably psychedelic, for a work of historical fiction about Jack the Ripper. On the nerd shelf of awesomeness, Akira, Genshiken and Dominion Tank Police take pride of place.
Anything pretentious. Bonus points if it's foreign and has occasional midnight revival showings. To that end, I really like French new wave films such as Bande a Part and Alphaville. Things I'd feel less ashamed of admitting to liking include 24 Hour Party People, Play It Again, Sam, Blade Runner, Dawn of the Dead (proper 1978 Dawn, not so much the remake), Fight Club, Southern Comfort, Repo Man, O Brother, Where Art Thou? and The Castle of Cagliostro.
I have a massive un-ironic love of the new wave, indie and electronic things. Particularly Joy Division / New Order, The Arcade Fire, The Flaming Lips, Talking Heads, Daft Punk, The White Stripes, ActRazer, Lazerhawk, The Chromatics, Jens Lekman, Beirut and so on (Yeah, pitchfork, hurr hurr).
I'm not a big eater, but I do like a good curry.
Other than that, my trusty video camera and the folder of art supplies that follows me around the house like a cantankerous old manservant. This may or may not constitute six things.
And custom brushes for Photoshop, I'm sorry to say.
Also if you appreciate good natured whimsey and overpriced independent coffee houses.