I have anticipated few features more than this one. When a friend of mine asked me a while back who is one person I wish I could do this interview with that I haven’t yet, I immediately blurted out “Jack Kelly of Slapshot.” Few bands spoke to me the way Slapshot did in hardcore music. They always seemed like they were on the outside, even in their own scene and almost every song belted out was something I could relate to. Never one to shy away from speaking his mind, the tales I had heard of Slapshot and their show antics were almost as impressive and terrifying as their music. With their patented tongue in cheek humor mixed with hard and serious stances on everything from relationships, drug abuse, the hardcore scene, and anything else that pissed “Choke” off, Slapshot was to me, the ultimate definition of a hardcore band.
Much to my surprise, Jack is a really funny (his Instagram is proof enough) and friendly guy that just beams with pride about his very talented daughters. He is a very dedicated, yet realistic father who understands that as important as it is to be active and supportive for your kids, there’s a lot of merit in standing back and watching them blossom on their own. It is my pleasure to share this feature with you all with the infamous hardcore icon, and very Rad Dad, Jack Kelly.
1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?
I’m a barber/hair stylist by trade and an incredible internet troll by night, and the frontman for Slapshot, Stars and Stripes, Last Rights, and Negative FX.
Being a dad is the easiest thing I may have ever done. Never thought I’d be so fucking good at it. It’s all a matter of staying the fuck out of the way and letting my girls do their thing. Encouraging them to do whatever. Even if it’s staying up all night or doing whatever they do in their rooms all night. I keep tabs just to keep them safe but as teenage girls go, mine are amazing. Straight A students in one of the toughest schools in the US. They don’t give a shit about boys. They both don’t drink or do drugs.
I leave them alone because I don’t have to be on them. Easy.
2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?
Well. I guess the Internet is most likely the biggest thing in modern day kids lives so it stands to figure it’s in mine too. I’m basically still a 12 year old boy so I relate to them in so many ways.
I think I surprise them when something they discover or become interested in, I’m already aware of. That generation gap just doesn’t exist in our lives. They introduce me to many things and I them.
3. How did becoming a father change your life?
It didn’t really. It just changed the way I drive. I drive older than I am, and maybe the hours I keep.
4. Whats the greatest part about being a dad?
Watching them accomplish things. One learned Russian in a Summer…on her own. Their report cards, just all of it. I have a lot of pride.
5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?
My older daughter had met a boy on her Minecraft server and had talked to him for nearly a year.
That Summer we decided to get them to meet and I took her to Six Flags for the day. His parents were from the Ukraine and his mom didn’t speak a lick of English. I followed them around for about 45 minutes then once I realized it was all ok, I went to the cafe and basically live blogged the afternoon through Facebook.
I think a lot of people had a great time following the updates that day.
6. What advice can you give any new father out there?
Don’t give in to what others tell you the way things should be. Your kids are your kids. Just relax and let them be themselves. DON’T BE YOUR PARENTS. Be your own parent.
Thanks so much for taking the time to do this feature. You’ve been a huge motivator to me for years through your music, and I am stoked to see how inspiriting you are as a father as well. Truth be told, it’s just really cool when your idols don’t let you down. It’s few and far between these days. So here’s to hoping this was a well needed break from answering if you are still straight edge or not, and I wish you continued success.
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