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All I wanted to do was ride skateboards -
by Travis Barker

All I wanted to do was ride skateboards -
I wanted to be a professional skateboarder.
But I had this problem.
I kept breaking half of my body skateboarding.
- Travis Barker

I play Orange County drums.
I love those guys.
I've got a four piece kit.
- Travis Barker

Oh, I was super serious about practicing and rudiments,
and still am.
I still have all my books.
- Travis Barker

I was playing with the Aquabats, and then I quit to
join a band called Suicide Machine in Detroit.
- Travis Barker

 

I was a kid, and I wasn't even sure if I wanted to play the drums,
you know? All I wanted to do was skateboard,
but I was still learning and taking it in,
so it was good.
- Travis Barker

And I was in another band called Flash In The Pan,
which was soca, Latin music, down in Laguna Beach.
- Travis Barker

We all write the music, and then Mark and Tom write the lyrics.
- Travis Barker

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And I played in jazz band as well during all three years in school.
- Travis Barker

I've always liked Dennis Chambers, he's real flashy.
- Travis Barker

We were concerned with having good songs,
not just songs that go two hundred miles per hour.
- Travis Barker

In junior high, I sang in madrigals,
men's' and women's' choir.
I played piano too, but then I got out of it.
- Travis Barker

I listened a little to punk when I was younger,
but it was straight edge punk.
It was nothing like what is going on now,
like poppy punk.
- Travis Barker

But really, anytime, I play on a practice pad as much as I can.
- Travis Barker

But there's actually a lot of punk bands out there that go out of the norm,
use odd time signatures, or a lot of different tempo changes in a song.
- Travis Barker

Bill Stevenson of The Descendants is really good,
too.
- Travis Barker

We never worry about the big things,
just the small things.
- Travis Barker

Then I tried out for the Fontana High School drum line,
in Riverside, and I did really well.
I got second chair, and played snare in that drum line for three years.
- Travis Barker

I like Steve Gadd, everything he did with Steely Dan.
There's so many.
I like everything.
- Travis Barker

In 1996, I was in was in an acoustic kind of rock band,
we were called Feeble.
We were just playing locally.
- Travis Barker

My chops are still up, even though I'm not still in high school.
- Travis Barker

I can play punk rock, and I love playing punk rock,
but I was into every other style of music before I played punk rock.
- Travis Barker

On tour, you never have a home, you don't get used to anything,
and you're always super busy.
- Travis Barker

I practice every day, I warm up before I play.
- Travis Barker

My mom passed away a day before high school started,
and her dream was for me to be a full rock and roll guy,
and play drums in a band.
- Travis Barker

We just wanted to write a bunch of songs that we thought were good songs.
- Travis Barker

A lot of people think that punk rock musicians don't know what they're doing.
- Travis Barker

I was in a band called Hooker for a while.
- Travis Barker

I'm super serious about that stuff.
I mean, it's rare that I sit down at a drum set when I'm not touring,
because we tour so much.
- Travis Barker

We just wrote songs that seemed good to us.
We wrote the album in like two weeks.
We could have had more time, but we accomplished what
we needed to in the two weeks.
- Travis Barker

I learned the songs and played the gigs,
and then they called me about a month later.
They told me they were like super stoked on me and
asked me to join their band.
- Travis Barker

My mom listened to the Beatles and Elvis,
a lot of different types of music.
- Travis Barker

We all liked the Descendants and stuff like that,
so we started playing it.
It's not that it was really hard, well,
it does take skill to play fast and keep up your stamina.
But it was something that just happened.
- Travis Barker

I used to have friends come on tour and work as my drum tech,
but they get bummed out when I have to tell them what to do.
This time I'm just going to fly them out and let them hang.
It's all good.
- Travis Barker

I'm a freak, everything has to be totally flat when I play.
Ed Will, my jazz teacher, set up everything completely flat,
and then you'd tilt your snare drum away from you,
so I do that too.
So my snare tilts away from me.
- Travis Barker

I was told once if I kept breaking things on my legs,
that I wasn't going to be able to walk soon,
you know? I wanted to be a pro skateboarder,
but it was too hard.
I was trying, but it wasn't going to happen.
- Travis Barker

Sometimes you get the results you wanted,
sometimes you don't.
What matters is that you did your best.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Even the rich are hungry for love,
for being cared for, for being wanted,
for having someone to call their own.
- Mother Teresa

A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.
- John Burroughs

In all our contacts, it is probably the sense
of being really needed and wanted
which gives us the greatest satisfaction
and creates the most lasting bond.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand.
"I just wanted to be sure of you."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn't have one.
So I got a cake.
- Mitch Hedberg

Both my mother and father were very supportive of any
career move any of us wanted to make.
- James Gandolfini

Love cannot endure indifference.
It needs to be wanted.
Like a lamp, it needs to be fed out of the oil of another's heart,
or its flame burns low.
- Henry Ward Beecher

I wanted to escape so badly.
But of course I knew I couldn't just give up and leave school.
It was only when I heard my mom's voice that I came out of my hiding place.
- Zhang Ziyi

I always imagined I could be what I wanted to be.
- Chris Brown

I wanted to marry a girl just like my mom.
- Michael Bergin

I decided I wanted to be a lawyer when I was 11 years of age.
- Johnnie Cochran

I wanted to know the name of every stone
and flower and insect and bird and beast.
I wanted to know where it got its color, where it got its life -
but there was no one to tell me.
- George Washington Carver

My mother asked me what I wanted for my birthday,
so I said I wanted to read poetry with her.
- Guy Johnson

My boyfriend and I broke up.
He wanted to get married and I didn't want him to.
- Rita Rudner

In my prayers I never said I needed a home.
I said I wanted a sanctuary.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I have often wanted to drown my troubles,
but I can't get my wife to go swimming.
- Anonymous

Earth Day 1970 was irrefutable evidence that the American
people understood the environmental threat and wanted action to resolve it.
- Barry Commoner

Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket.
- Charles Simic

I realized my family was funny, because nobody ever
wanted to leave our house.
- Anthony Anderson

If God wanted us to bend over he'd put diamonds on the floor.
- Joan Rivers

After fifteen minutes I wanted to marry her,
and after half an hour
I completely gave up the idea of stealing her purse.
- the movie Take the Money and Run (1969)

I wanted to be with the kind of people I'd grown up with,
but you can't go back to them and be one of them again,
no matter how hard you try.
- Ethel Waters

This is a wonderful way to celebrate an 80th birthday...
I wanted to be 65 again, but they wouldn't let me -
Homeland Security.
- Art Buchwald

My love of fine art increased - the more of it I saw,
the more of it I wanted to see.
- Paul Getty

I wish my mother had left me something about how she felt growing up.
I wish my grandmother had done the same.
I wanted my girls to know me.
- Carol Burnett

I wanted to take up music, so my father bought me a blunt instrument.
He told me to knock myself out.
- Jay London

Secretly, I wanted to look like Jimi Hendrix,
but I could never quite pull it off.
- Bryan Ferry

Designers are very fickle.
I never wanted to be a victim of that.
You're in one minute, out the next.
- Tyra Banks

Growing up, I wanted desperately to please,
to be a good girl.
- Claire Danes

I wanted to be a forest ranger or a coal man.
At a very early age, I knew I didn't want to do what my dad did,
which was work in an office.
- Harrison Ford

I wanted to see exotic Vietnam, the jewel of Southeast Asia.
I, uh, I wanted to meet interesting
and stimulating people of an ancient culture,
and kill them.
- the movie Full Metal Jacket

Today is the right day to do
what you have long wanted to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I drank some boiling water because I wanted to whistle.
- Mitch Hedberg

I would never have done what I'd done if I'd considered
my father as somebody I wanted to please.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

There's sometimes a weird benefit to having an alcoholic,
violent father.
He really motivated me in that I never wanted to be anything like him.
- Dean Koontz


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