Travis Barker is more than simply a collector of Cadillac steel. Surrounded by a museum’s-worth of vintage Cadis (and a Buick!), you can almost call him a curator. Barker’s love for Cadillac even extends to paying homage to the automotive brand with a tattoo proudly etched on his chest.
That’s why if you ever see Barker rolling down the street in a dropped ’66 Coupe de Ville, you can simply nod…there goes the Cadillac Man.
Depending on when you first heard of him, Barker has assumed many roles throughout his career. He rose to prominence as the drummer on several bands, including The Aquabats (as “Baron Von Tito”), blink-182, Transplants, Box Car Racer and, most recently, +44. Longtime DUB readers may remember Barker from way back in the day—Issue 9, to be exact.
While touring with The Aquabats in 1998, Barker was asked to fill in for former blink-182 drummer Scott Raynor, who left the band. Barker learned the entire set (more than 20 songs) in less than two hours and performed that night. Impressed by his hard work and dedication, blink-182 extended him an invitation.
Over the years, Barker became a household name through blink-182. However, he has always delved in side projects, and in 1999, while still making records and touring with the band, Barker founded Famous Stars and Straps, which over time has become a very popular clothing line.
Around the same time, Barker began to explore his musical interests in hip-hop and rap, and started making cameos, playing the drums, in videos such as Diddy’s “Bad Boy for Life” and Bubba Sparxxx’s “Back in the Mudd.”
“I grew up listening to rap and rock,” Barker said. “I was introduced to both at the same time, so it was natural to give back to the other world.” In a 2002 interview with MTV, Barker stated, “I probably listen to more hip-hop and drum’n’bass than I do punk rock music…”
Further exploring genres other than punk, Barker participated in several side projects including Box Car Racer (with blink’s Tom DeLonge), Transplants (a rapcore band) and, recently, Expensive Taste, a hip-hop supergroup that includes “Skinhead Rob” Aston, Barker and Paul Wall.
Sadly, blink-182 called it quits in February 2005, with the band announcing they would be taking an “indefinite hiatus.”
“I’d say, don’t expect a reunion…and there is no blink-182,” Barker told DUB. Following the dissolution of blink-182, Barker and bassist Mark Hoppus formed +44 (named after the international dialing code of the United Kingdom), a band that blends electronic and punk sounds.