Lars had an older brother named Robert who died in the early 2000s from an aneurysm; the song "Otherside" by Rancid was written in memory of his older brother. Frederiksen is half-Danish, his father was Italian - his birth name was Lar DePolo, (his mother, Minna, was a Danish immigrant) and was reared in Campbell, California, a town near San Jose, California. The sixth track on his 2001 album, Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards, is titled "Campbell, CA."  He is a notable drop out of Westmont High School. His mother came to the US as an immigrant, barely able to speak English and with very little money. Lars' father, John Dapello abandoned the family when Lars was just 4 years old. Life was a constant struggle for Minna and she worked two jobs to try to support her two sons, Lars and his older brother, who was four years older than him.
However seeing his mother struggle gave birth to his survival instincts for later in life and instilled in Lars a working-class punk rock ethic. His first introduction to music was by his brother, who introduced Lars to punk as well as cementing his early rabid fanaticism for KISS. Lars' Brother Rob died in the 2000s, and this is referenced in the songs "The Viking" (Lars Frederiksen& The Bastards) and "Otherside" (Rancid) "I'm weakening at the knees, From the pain, now you are free I miss the days that you walked with me, Loyal brother, loyal friend Showed me how to be a man, I love you, Robert, and I always will". He later learned to play guitar both by pausing fretboard close-ups in MTV rock videos and from the former guitarist of San Jose glam rock band The Shattered. Lars Frederiksen has "SKUNX" tattooed on his forehead by world famous tattooer Tokyo Hiro, who is also a member of Skunx.
Skunx is a crew that Lars belongs to, led by a punk who Lars got his first punk record from. SKUNX stands for skinheads punx and drunx. Skunx has active chapters in El Paso, TX; Las Cruces, NM; Montreal, East Coast, and London, UK. The original core members from the late 80's all have the same "S" shaped brand or SKUNX tattoo.
He is also a member of U.S. Thugs as it is tattooed on his belly Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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