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Travis Barker believes his tattoos make police suspicious of him.
The Blink 182 drummer claims he has been unfairly "profiled" twice by the Los Angeles Police Department who immediately presumed him to be a drug-dealer and a member of a violent gang because of his extensive body art.
A spokesperson for the 39-year-old rocker told gossip website TMZ that he was pulled over by police while he was on his way to pick up his daughter in his customized Chevy in LA last Wednesday for not having a front license plate.
The spokesperson said upon seeing Travis's tattoos the police officer "accused him of having drugs and weapons in the car" before suggesting he was a member of a gang.
His car was then searched and the father-of-three was free to leave the scene with a ticket and a warning to replace his license plate.
According to Travis, this is the second time in a year that he was incorrectly accused of being part of a gang and carrying drugs because of his appearance.
Earlier this year Travis admitted he is still traumatized after surviving a horrific plane crash in 2008.
The drummer and DJ AM were left in "critical but stable" condition after the accident that killed four passengers, and it still haunts him.
Monday, October 22, 2012 • Tags: Travis Barker
Travis Barker plays every show "like he could die."
The Blink 182 drummer performs with as much energy and power as he possibly can at every concert, preparing for each as if he were a boxer.
He told RedBulletin magazine: "It's like you're getting ready for a fight. I lock myself in my room, warm myself up for an hour and go out there and do the damn thing. I always play like I could die out there and give it my all. And there's only three of us up there - it's an awesome feeling."
Travis - who is in the band with Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus - is playing with Blink 182 at a number of European festivals, and loves the reaction the group get.
He added: "I really enjoyed our last trip to Europe. It was crazy playing for 200,000 people. It's insane. You don't have festivals like that in the US.
"Rock is alive and kicking ass in Europe. It's bigger than ever. It's like the ocean - you can see people for days."
Travis almost died in a plane crash in 2008, and since then has not been able to fly, getting boats across the Atlantic, but says he is determined to overcome his fears so he could perform in Australia again.
He added: "I'm contemplating getting knocked out and getting on a plane to Australia. I want to overcome that eventually. When I do, I think it's going to be Australia. I trust [airline] Qantas. They never had a crash, never had a fatality - knock on wood. It's something I want to overcome for me - and my kids are scared to death to fly. I want them to witness me overcome it."
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Friday, July 06, 2012 • Tags: Travis Barker