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Confessions: Beau Bokan

He likes hanging out in waterparks and is BFFs with Kobe Bryant. Don’t fuck with his bike gang, though.

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ARRESTED?

“There were a couple of times. One time, I was like 17 years old and it was over a girl. This dude, who was her ex-boyfriend, kept picking a fight with me, so I was like, ‘Alright, let’s do it!’ So I beat him up and the cops came and took us both to the station, and our parents had to come pick us up. So it wasn’t like, ‘You’re booked and you’re a criminal!’ It was like, ‘Alright, kid...’” 

WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER TIMES?

“My friends and I used to go sneak into a water park in Orange County called Wild Rivers, and one time there were 15 of us partying, and all of a sudden we saw someone driving up. We ran down this driveway and jumped into some bushes. I’m in this ditch, covered in leaves like I’m at war, thinking, ‘They’re never gonna find me!’ and they’re on a megaphone going, ‘Everyone come out of the bushes with your hands up! We’re gonna release the dogs!’ So I jump up, like, ‘You got me!’ and they ended up getting a bunch of us.”

WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO GO STRAIGHT-EDGE?

“Just not wanting to smoke or do drugs, and listening to the information that I had as a kid. I got into music, found Minor Threat and realised that there was a whole fucking culture for it. It was like, ‘That’s me! I’m a punk and I’m straight-edge!’ so I started reading the lyrics and stuff like that.”

WHAT’S THE MOST RIDICULOUS TATTOO YOU HAVE?

“This tattoo right here – a skull with a crown on it. My old band was called Take The Crown, and we were on our first UK tour; Eighteen Visions brought us over and The Blackout were opening. The Blackout were like, ‘We’re from Merthyr Tydfil, we’re playing a show in our hometown, do you guys wanna come get a tattoo?’ We were like, ‘Yeah, sure,’ and the dude who was doing them, he thought he was an actual vampire. Not like Motionless In White; this dude thinks he’s 300 years old, he walks around town with a cane and a top hat, and he tattooed all of us. He was the coolest dude!”

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