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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

SKiN GRAFT's Al Johnson on St. Louis: "Flip the Arch Upside Down"

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The merch table at Skin Graft Homecoming 2013 included posters and CDs from Johnson's personal collection. - MABEL SUEN
  • Mabel Suen
  • The merch table at Skin Graft Homecoming 2013 included posters and CDs from Johnson's personal collection.

Did you encounter any oddities on your way to or from our city?

I encountered Duke's small batch beef-brisket-tobasco drenched beef jerky. For that, I am grateful. Also, our lunch in "boys-town" near the Commerce bank was a pleasant surprise. The lightning in St. Louis seems angrier than most I've seen. Also, on the night of the event I had my manager swipe a chartreuse flower from the venue neighborhood. For that I apologize, but the damn thing provided me with powers beyond my control. For that, I am not sorry.

How did you feel watching eager fans finger through your goods, including Shorty, U.S. Maple and old posters from your own apartment?

I bring items from my personal collection rarely, but when I do it's because I believe somebody else will care and value these one-offs like I've done all these years. A lot of the posters were rare, from the Netherlands and Italian shows. The singles, set-lists are very rare, some 20 years old. I want people who love me to know I love's not about the money.

What was the best thing you ate during your time in St. Louis?

I ingested a gaggle of gnats at the Fischer residence. The breakfast Mark's (Fischer) mother and Dave prepared was nothing short of spectacular. Their pepper shaker scared the hell out of me; when I went to season the biscuits and gravy it began to vibrate and curse, I'm positive it's haunted.

Finish this sentence: "The Arch was..."

The Arch was in its usual place. I have traveled to St. Louis many, many times throughout my childhood. I don't dislike it; after all the years I'm just bored with it. Can you do something a bit different with it? Flip it upside down? Place one end of it into the river, yeah, do that.

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