If you are a fan of Punk, Hardcore and Oi, than you are for sure familiar with Durty Mick. Durty Mick has been putting out records since 2006 while also manning a successful clothing company. He is a business owner, a father and and all around stand up guy. Durty Mick is the kind of guy you can count on to be there for his friends and family, and someone holds up to having strong values and a spirit of dedication. It’s my pleasure to share this feature with you.
1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?
I go by “Durty Mick”. After I left the United States Marine Corps in 2005, I started Durty Mick Records in 2006, I own a retail store “The HUB of Long Beach” and also InstaPress Clothing and the other half of Omerta MIA. It’s hard to be a business owner and a Dad. It’s not like a 9-5 you can turn off at the end of the day. There’s always something to do… I always do my best to be there in the am when my daughter Ava wakes up to get her ready for her day, get her a little breakfast, whatever. Almost EVERY Sunday I take her to Disney Land. It’s “our” day together just the two of us.
2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?
To me it’s taking old fashioned values and trying to incorporate them into todays fast paced lifestyle. Its about teaching my daughter that she should be respected and adored as a woman and not to settle but to also show that same respect.
3.How did becoming a father change your life?
Everyone said this would be the most amazing experience of my life… But you really can’t understand that until you experience it first hand. From the moment my wife told me she was pregnant it was kind of surreal. For the next 9 months it wasn’t a reality until the moment she told me “I’m going into labor.” The due date was set to be September 13th. On September 10th I had to print about 200 shirts for the hardcore band Shai Hulud for an East Coast run they had. I ended up running out of ink and my wife offered to go pick it up. It took her about two hours and when she returned she had an “odd look” to her. She handed me my ink and quickly went in the house. It was about 11am and I began the print job. Sometime around 2-3pm she came out side and said “baby, when I went to get your ink I started feeling contractions… Please don’t freak out they are still kinda far apart but I called your Mom and Dad and they are on their way from Vegas.” So for the next 5 hrs I printed faster than I have probably ever printed in my life. By 8pm I finished the order and boxed it up as my parents were arriving. I gave my Ma the addy and said please make sure this gets out tomorrow as I began freaking out trying to install the car seat before we went to the hospital. We arrived and the nurse said you’re probably not dilated but we will check. Sure enough she was and they checked us in and off we went. Our daughter was born the next morning on September 11th. Her being born that day is very symbolic to me. Sept. 11th 2011 changed my life. As I was already in the Marines at that time. The next 4 years were very hectic. Bringing a positive to a negative to me was like finding clarity and giving me more purpose and direction.
4. Whats the greatest part about being a dad?
It’s great to see your child grow and change. There’s nothing better than hearing “DADDY” when you come home and getting a running, jumping hug as you come through the door. I love teaching her new things, sharing new experiences with her and watching how she computes it and uses it in her life.
5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?
There are so many… First time I got pee’d on… Pooped on… Recently I took her to dinner at Rainforest Cafe and we were cruising through the gift shop. I told her she could get ONE little animal. So she spent her time checking them all out and narrowed her choices down to two. I told her “honey you can only have one so make your choice.” She studied them both for a minute and than handed one to me and said “okay I am going to get this one and you can get this one” Soooo of course I ended up getting them both.
6. What advice can you give any new father out there?
Be flexible and patient.
Thanks so much Mick! It was a pleasure to connect with you on this. All the best!
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