MARK HOPPUS BLINK-182

POP-PUNK 2017: IT'S ALL ABOUT BIG HIS­TORY BOOKS, LONG - DIS­TANCE FOOT­BALL SUP­PORT­ING AND BEES...

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MY FAVOURITE STAND-UP CO­ME­DIAN IS…

“Mitch Hed­berg. He’s not with us any­more, but his style of com­edy in the ’90s would have killed on Twit­ter. It was sim­ple, con­cise, ge­nius and com­pletely ab­surd.”

MY UN­USUAL HOBBY IS…

“Bee­keep­ing.when I lived in the UK, I would keep bees.that’s a fairly un­usual hobby, right? I loved it. I loved the sci­ence of it, the tran­quil­lity of it, and get­ting the honey, too. It was re­ally ful­fill­ing.you have to be very de­lib­er­ate and very sure of your­self, so it’s very calm­ing. Now? I play video games and read books about war.”

IF I WASN’T IN A BAND, I’D BE…

“A high school English teacher. When I dropped out of col­lege to do blink full-time, I was study­ing to do that.there was a teacher in my high school who made Shake­speare and lit­er­a­ture com­pletely in­ter­est­ing. I wanted to be the type of teacher who’d make the sub­ject in­ter­est­ing and in­spire teenagers to read for fun. My son is 14 now and he’s had some teach­ers who’ve been like that. His sci­ence and French teach­ers have af­fected him in a pos­i­tive way.”

MY FOOT­BALL TEAM IS…

“Chelsea. Some­times I get up early to watch the games. It was hard to fol­low Amer­i­can foot­ball when I lived in Lon­don, and it’s hard to fol­low the English Pre­mier League in the U.S., but I still sup­port the team and fol­low the ta­bles. I went to Stam­ford Bridge a few times, and I loved the ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s so vastly dif­fer­ent to Amer­i­can foot­ball in a re­ally in­ter­est­ing way.”

MY SPE­CIAL­IST QUIZ SUB­JECT WOULD BE…

“His­tory. I was ter­ri­ble at it at school, but I’ve read a lot of his­tory books. Un­til this year, I did not read many fic­tion books at all.when you’re read­ing fic­tion, you get to the end and you’re like,‘that per­son just made it up’. I’ve read about the two World Wars, the Amer­i­can Civil War, and this past year, I’ve read about the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War.”

MY FIRST JOB WAS…

“In a Lit­tle Cae­sars pizza restau­rant. I was in high school and one opened up not far from my house. Me and my friends worked there.we were too young to de­liver, so we mostly ran the shop; we made piz­zas and cleaned the place. One time, I got to work the cash reg­is­ter and I felt re­ally im­por­tant.af­ter I moved from that town, I got a job at a pizza restau­rant there as well. I worked there for four years, do­ing ev­ery­thing. I even wore the restau­rant’s mas­cot out­fit and waved at peo­ple on the street!”

ON MY BUCKET LIST, I WANT TO…

“See the Ti­tanic. It’s way too ex­pen­sive for me to do it, but I read this morn­ing that you can pay money to tour the wreck­age. I think it would be re­ally in­ter­est­ing to go un­der­wa­ter and see ev­ery­thing, but I think it’d be crazy scary and claus­tro­pho­bic, too. My hands would sweat the en­tire time.”

THE THING I’M MOST SCARED OF IS…

“Death. It hap­pens to ev­ery­body, but I’m go­ing to do my best to make my life the first one that fear doesn’t af­fect.when you be­come a par­ent, it changes ev­ery­thing about you so much.when I was a kid, I felt in­vin­ci­ble and in­de­struc­tible. But when you be­come re­spon­si­ble for an­other per­son’s life, health and hap­pi­ness, you’re like,‘wow, this is se­ri­ous – this is the real deal now.’ So, death is the ul­ti­mate fear.”

“I LOVE THE TRAN­QUIL­LITY OF BEE­KEEP­ING…” ● MARK HOPPUS ●

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