Crossfade has experienced our share of punk houses. We've got stories about crossword puzzle face tattoos, a dumpster literally converted into a fridge, and losing an arm-wrestling match to a dog wearing an eyepatch and a Discharge butt-flap.
One time, we drove up to Gainesville to see some band no one in Gainesville cared about and crashed on the very dirty floor of a friend's group house. He literally lived in a closet, so we slept in the living room. Early in the morning, we woke up to someone pissing on us in our sleep, a member of the band we had driven up to see. He was asleep too. Also, drunk. Also, an asshole.
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Fat Mike, whose real name is Michael Burkett, is renting out his punk-themed clubhouse in Vegas, apparently to keep the property out of foreclosure. Not quite a squat, the makeshift resort comes with some pretty fancy amenities like a sunken living room, seperate rooms for poker and pinball, and a "Cave spa." Not to mention instapunk essentials like records, a room with flyers on the wall, and a complimentary case of PBR.
Fat Mike is one of the world's most renowned "professional punkers" as singer and guitar player for perennial mall-punk standards, NOFX. He moonlights in cover band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, runs pop-punk label Fat Wreck Chords, and spends every second he can hanging out at the Warped Tour.
Apparently even pro punks are getting manhandled by the economy.