My wife is American Indian (Ho Chunk). My kids are Sophie Whiterabbit McInnes (7), Duncan Whitethunder McInnes (5), and Johnny Buffalo McInnes (1)
Gavin McInnes is a comedic genius. Though it’s possible you don’t appreciate his brand of sarcastic, inside joke type humor, it’s alright for you to be wrong about him. I’m sure he doesn’t mind. To illustrate the magnitude of Gavin’s brilliance, when I started working on the intro to this feature, I just ended up watching YouTube videos of Gavin for an hour instead. Though I’m not any further along in that intro than I was before, I feel like it would be a disservice to not introduce all that don’t know Gavin McInnes to…uhh.. Gavin McInnes. Some might know him from his time as Co-Founder of Vice Magazine, but he’s also a writer, comedian, actor, creative director, and father. His website “Street Carnage” is awesome and could also keep you lost for hours on the internet. He has a book out, called….well anyway, let’s get on with the feature.
1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?
I develop film and TV projects and do a lot of TV news shows. I’m also the Creative Director of the ad agency Rooster NY. I write weekly columns and books and I do stand-up comedy and co-own a restaurant as well as a bunch of other stuff. I just started doing a podcast and I probably paint or have some kind of art hobby. I don’t even remember. My life is a chaotic mess and I go stumbling through it like a drunk at a rave.
2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?
Going back in time. I want my kids to have the same bucolic childhood I did. We took risks and tested our own boundaries. We made jumps for our motocross bikes that went so high, it would feel cold up there. I want to get my kids away from screens (TV, iPad, iPhone, Leapster etc) and to go outside as much as possible. I call it a “Safety Last” philosophy and it’s best summed up in the book “Free-Range Kids.” This video also makes the point well: I CAN’T BELIEVE WE MADE IT.
3.How did becoming a father change your life?
I was a punk rocker and total hedonist. I created VICE (the brand not the phenomenon) and I was also a hardcore atheist. After seeing the babies come out, my whole world completely changed. I became a pro-life Catholic. I got baptized and joined the Knights of Columbus. I’m still a weirdo but starting a family made that twenty years of partying seem about 15 years too long. I wasted a lot of time getting here.
4. Whats the greatest part about being a dad?
The stuff they say. Trying not to laugh when they ask an earnest question that’s ridiculous. My favorite comedian in the world right now is my daughter. She calls her brother “Sandra Dee.” My eldest son is my favorite living artist in the world right now (I’m not the only one who feels that way so we started selling his art at McInnesKids.com). My infant son is so cute, I almost start to cry when I look at him. While driving, the rear view mirror is pointed down into the back seat so I can look at them. Probably not the smartest way to drive.
5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?
There are dozens every day. I started to write them down but I ended up being a court stenographer. For example, I just walked by my daughter’s room and she’s made a sign that says, “If you come in, KNOCK or die. I have a gun and I’m not afraid to use it.” I knocked, and went in, and she was making a panda bear out of popsicle sticks and a paper bag. It seems the security is a little intense for that kind of project.
6. What advice can you give any new father out there?
Just do it. It’s easy. We fret over the details but 90% of being a dad is just showing up. Divorce devastates kids and the children of single moms are crippled by a huge handicap from birth. It’s not cool to talk about but I really feel the decay of the family is at the core of America’s problems. If you look at a map of gun murders in NYC and compare it to a map of single parent families, they look exactly the same. Get married, make a baby, and figure it out as you go. This has happened billions of times. It’s intuitive.
Also, it’s as expensive as you want it to be. Hand-me-downs abound, food is cheap, and school is free. You don’t have to send them to private school or buy them an ATV. Kids don’t know if they’re in an apartment or a mansion. They just want attention.
7. Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
I have a lot of videos I’ve made with the kids.
HOW TO FIGHT A BABY
My Instagram is thegavin2000 and I make them cartoon pancakes every Sunday for which the hashtag is #PancakeMorning
My newest film is called “How to be a Man” about a dying father to be providing life lessons for his unborn son. It’s available onDemand everywhere (Netflix, Amazon, TV etc) but be forewarned. It is very NSFW. I’m not even sure it’s safe for home.
My column is at Takimag.com and my personal blog is StreetCarnage.com (It’s NSFW)
Thanks for doing the feature, Gavin. It was an absolute pleasure getting to hear from you and consequently spending countless hours now watching your you tube videos. I appreciate your point of view, glad you took the time to participate and wish you continued success. Oh, and thanks for keeping if SFW.