Davey Havok Was a Pinner Kid with a Round Hostess Twinkie belly

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Tiger Lily & Davey Havok at Rancid, Total Chaos, Hellbillies, Parasites, and A.F.I. show (924 Gilman St., 5/14/94); photographer unknown

AFI/Blaqk Audio frontman Davey Havok is set to release his debut novel Pop Kids on April 2. According to the website, it’s about a 17-year-old guy who’s a “pop-culture-obsessed, pseudo-vegetarian, atheist pyromaniac trapped within a rural northern Californian town.” Although I haven’t paid close attention to his various projects since the late 1990s, I’m pretty intrigued by this one.

I first met Dave shortly after the start of UC Berkeley’s fall 1993 semester. I’m not completely certain, but it may have been at a 924 Gilman St. show. He had a baby mohawk, a skateboard, and a crisp black leather jacket with the blue Germs circle neatly painted on the back of it. I was hyper, pushy, and in-your-face (not much has changed!); he was super-friendly with a ready smile. Somehow we became friends, yet I never called him Davey.

young Davey Havok

Davey Havok & Tiger Lily circa 1994; photographer unknown

Unfortunately, my memory’s pretty spotty and we weren’t the type to get into trouble so I don’t have any scandalous stories to share. We were just good kids in the East Bay punk scene. At that time, I lived on the top floor of a three-story house. Since cell phones hadn’t become commonplace yet, Dave would either have to yell up or throw rocks at my window if he wanted to visit. I’d help him put up and hand out flyers for AFI shows (his personable nature no doubt helped boost his fledgling band’s fanbase). I’d play his band’s singles fairly frequently on my KALX radio show (starting with this one). He’d school me on slang from his hometown, none of which I remember. He got his first tattoo (Gogo the Dodo, of all things) shortly after I got mine (topless Winnie the Pooh, no better). Ditto with the lip piercing.

Dave also wrote a series of personal essays for my zine My Letter to the World. All of them were about his troubles with girls—but not in the way you’d think. The first appeared in issue 7, published on October 29, 1993 (click for a larger view):

My Letter to the World #7

My Letter to the World #7


“Tongue-Tied” by Davey Havok, My Letter to the World #7

I’m sure Dave no longer writes with the voice of an almost-18-year-old, but it’d be a spectacular feat if he managed to channel it for Pop Kids, considering the protagonist is soon-to-be 18. I guess I’ll just have to pick up a copy and see if I catch a glimpse of that weak pinner kid with a round Hostess Twinkie belly. [2/28/13: I posted another of his essays here. 4/2/13: And another one.]



Filed under music, nostalgia, observations

13 responses to “Davey Havok Was a Pinner Kid with a Round Hostess Twinkie belly

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  3. Thank you for sharing these journals, Tiger Lily. I did enjoy reading about these adventures, and they have definitely enhanced my interest in reading Davey’s new book. I’m sure you will catch a glimpse of the 18-year old Dave in this book. People do change as time goes by, but only to some extent.
    Thanks again,

    • Glad you enjoyed them! I haven’t run into him in a long time but he still sounds like the same funny guy in interviews I’ve heard. I have a few more I’ll post at some point, maybe before his novel comes out. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. emily

    Thanks for sharing! I dig your blog, and your hair back in those photos. I’m looking forward to Davey’s novel come April. Pretty sure it won’t disappoint.

  5. the first picture… the poster behind him looks like it’s aiming at him. wow XD

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  7. Rami

    Davey being a huge source of inspiration to me, these kind of things are a fascinating read. Thanks for sharing these!

  8. I think I took that picture of you and Davey!

  9. Natalie E.

    This whole blog is just incredible. What a look into your shared past! I’m very relieved that someone I’ve looked up to since I was 14 is, and seems to always have been a genuinely good guy. When I was a teenager and all these bands were my heroes, it was so easy to look up to them as people. Not so much now at 26, especially with the internet picking at people like it does. But he seems to be one of the rare genuine people. I mean, just looking at some of his online accounts, so much of it is him thanking fans and sharing fanart, you can’t fake that kind of humbleness. (I’m also highly amused that they were getting racy fan letters even back then!) Thanks so much for posting all this. He was such a cute kid too!

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