"No one should dictate to me what I can or can not do to my body"
"So at the end of it all, I just wanted to take a moment to say a heartfelt thank-you to my bandmates, our staff, road crew, and fans for making this tour and album cycle amazing. Thank you."
"To everyone: Support love and peace, be active in breaking down divisions and stereotypes, and help those who are in need."
— Mike Shinoda (via xasiralx)
"A lot has been made of the contrast between me and Chester because we are totally different in a lot of ways. He’s crazy for a start off. I’m sane. He used to run around at the age of two singing Foreigner songs. I certainly didn’t. He’ll show you his butt. I wouldn’t inflict that on anybody. We learned early on in this band that you can’t have snobbery in music. Our guitarist is a huge Britney Spears fan!"
- Pippin: I didn't think it would end this way.
- Gandalf: End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path... One that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass... And then you see it.
- Pippin: What? Gandalf?... See what?
- Gandalf: White shores... and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.
- Pippin: Well, that isn't so bad.
- Gandalf: No... No it isn't.
- FreshNerd: Invent a new word for vagina.
- Mike: Thanks for leading off with that, so I know what I’m up against in this interview.
- FreshNerd: You’re on a raft. Chester and Brad are overboard drowning. You can only save one person. Who do you save?
- Mike: I thought the rule is that you always save the vocalist, because he’s the most important person in the band. At least that’s what people tell me.
- FN: Mrs. Garrett from Different Strokes or Alice the maid from Brady Bunch? And why?
- Mike: I watched Different Strokes religiously growing up, so is it bad that I barely remember anything about Mrs. Garrett? I know she was a part of the show, but Arnold, Willis, and Mr. Drummond were all I remember. Incidentally, it was spelled “Diff’rent Strokes.” I don’t know what that superfluous apostrophe was all about, but I suspect it’s some kind of race related joke that I wasn’t in on.
- FN: Hip Hop is…
- Mike: …in danger of making itself unlovable.
- FN: When was the last time you set a personal goal?
- Mike: I do gallery art shows in my spare time, and I want to start doing art shows out of the L.A. area, in other cities. I have one more L.A. art show, which will be at JANM in August. After that, my goal is to take my art out of town for a while.
- FN: What, if anything, do you actively boycott?
- Mike: I don’t know…I guess I do have a philosophy when it comes to spending money on music. Every dollar you spend on an artist (whether it be on their music, concert tickets, or merchandise) is a statement; it says you want the artist to continue doing what they do. Some people don’t think anything about stealing a song from a band that they love, but then they turn around an spend a bunch of money on something that they don’t care a lot about, or stuff that is actually bad for them: a pair of jeans, a box of cigarettes, whatever. I guess what I’m saying is: I’m not a big fan of the idea of stealing from an artist you love, and then turning around and giving money to a brand or company you don’t love.
- FN: What non-essential item do you always carry with you?
- Mike: Is it bad that I consider my iPhone an essential item?
- FN: How many sketches do you avg. per week?
- Mike: Art sketches: 3 to 5. Music sketches/demos: 5 to 10.
- FN: Describe your year so far in 2009?
- Mike: I’ve spent a lot of time with my family, and worked hard on some new art and new music. All in all, a great year so far. I don’t know when our next Linkin Park album will be out, but I think it’ll be in the next 12 months.
- FN: You get a call. You’ve been informed that you were improperly named. Mike is going to be expunged from your birth certificate. You’ll need to give them a new name instead that you feel suits you better. What name do you choose?
- Mike: You stumped me on that one. Maybe a really cool 80’s rockstar name, like “Slash,” or “The Edge.” By the way, is it me, or does “The Edge” not look like his name fits him at all?
- FN: If you had to choose, what could you do without…your hands or your ears? And why?
- Mike: I guess my ears. I need to paint or make music. With no ears, I can still paint. With no hands, it would be hard to do either.
- FN: What is your favorite curse word?
- Mike: I don’t know if it’s a curse word, but I love that people are using “douchebag” again. Therefore, by default, I love “d-bag” as well.
- FN: That recurring dream you have, what is it about?
- Mike: I actually don’t dream much. I sleep pretty hard—I once slept through a fire at my neighbor’s house, with fire truck sirens and everything.
- FN: What song, if any, do you wish you were the first to write?
- Mike: Tears For Fears: “Everybody Wants To Rule The World.”
- FN: 50 years from now, you would like for people to look back at your art and say….
- Mike: “I knew I should’ve bought that when it was cheap. Fuck.”
- FN: When was the last time you spoke to yourself out loud?
- Mike: That’s funny. I do that whenever I say something that I know is awkward. Do you ever do that? Like when you’re leaving on a trip, and someone takes you to the airport, and they say, “Have a nice trip,” and you say, “You too,” but the second you say it, you realize they’re not going anywhere–they’re going home. Once I’m out of sight, I usually verbally berate myself quietly after doing that.
- FN: When was the last time you went a full day without using your PDA?
- Mike: I think we’ve already covered that topic…
- FN: What advice do you have for up and coming artists?
- Mike: I’m not convinced there is a real reason for an artist with less than, let’s say, 30,000 fans on a mailing list to sign with a major label anymore. If you don’t have that many fans, and anyone approaches you, get their number and keep in touch. When you have a lot of fans and some serious hype, you’ll have a lot more leverage when it comes time to tell the major label “no, I want to own my website, fan club, and all my merch.”
- FN: You must give a lecture on a topic you know nothing about. What topic do you choose?
- Mike: Comedy.
- FN: Do you believe in aliens?
- Mike: Sure.
- FN: If yes, when was the last time you saw one?
- Mike: When we were little, my brother and I saw one of those lights in the sky that moved too fast and turned too abruptly to be an airplane or helicopter. We were convinced it was a spaceship.
- FN: Which look would you prefer to rock, the flock of seagulls cut or the REO Speedwagon mullet?
- Mike: I’ve already rocked an REO Speedwagon mullet on a dare, so I guess I’d be more into trying something new.