Doyle Wolfgang von
Frankenstein, better known as Doyle, has crafted quite a rock 'n' roll legacy
as the guitarist for legendary New Jersey-launched horror punk band The
Misfits, formed all the way back in 1977, and with other projects since. The
band was introduced to the mainstream when Metallica covered one of their
songs, but diehard fans of tried and true punk rock were already well aware of
what Metallica knew - The Misfits are essential listening and the band occupies
its own volume in the rock music cannon.
While Doyle is not loaded up
with tattoos - nothing on his throat, no full sleeves, no massive pieces that
are impossible to cover - he is still quite an interesting figure because of
his look, like his devil lock, and his history.
Currently, he is doing his
thing with his namesake band, Doyle. The band's new album, Abominator, is out
now and available. They were going by the Gorgeous Frankenstein moniker, but it
wasn't working out for 'em.
Regarding the name change,
Doyle confessed that he chose to follow that old principle: KISS, which stands
for, "Keep It Simple, Stupid!" By going with his name, one that fans
know, he opened the doors for the band.
"When we were on tour,
if we had 50 people a night, 49 would come up and say they didn't know I had a
band! So we changed it," Doyle said. "Now it's working great and
people recognize it."
Indeed, there is something
to be said for name recognition and branding in this day and age. Another
definitive element for Doyle? The Misfits logo and its associated culture. It's
an iconic image, with the band's name written in simple, horror film-like
script and a skeleton with a sly, crooked, and toothy grin. Rock fans, even
those of the casual sort, know it when they see it.
Doyle has eight tattoos
total, but all have their own significance for him. On his arm, he has the
Misfits' logo with four skeletons and one of the logo on the middle finger of
his left hand. Is that a coincidence, given the band's attitude? Could be!
"I have a lizard on the
top of my foot, but I don't want to get into that story," he said. Moving
...More personally, he keeps
his kids with him at all times. "I have my children's names on my fingers
on my knuckles like rings," Doyle said. "I have four children and
He has one more ring that
he'd like to get rid of. "I have the ex-wife on the one finger, I have to
get that off of there," he admitted. "I'd like to take it off. Maybe
I'll chop the whole finger off," he joked.
Well, that wouldn't be good
for business, but we can appreciate the sentiment of tattoo regret when it
comes to exes.
Doyle is well aware of the
cult of The Misfits. Plenty of fans get the tattoo and they're pretty prevalent
since the image is so cool. "I think that logo is such an American icon.
It's like the Dallas Cowboys helmet. It is what it is," he mused.
When mentioned that The
Misfits logo endures, since it's simple and easy to replicate, he referred to a
statement he made earlier about his band name change. "Like I said, keep
it simple," he declared.
Beyond the fans getting
standard band logo inkings, Doyle is humble and sarcastic about it, saying,
"I have seen portraits of me, and I am like, 'Why did you do that?' When
you are old, you will ask yourself, 'Why is this on me?' Then fans want me to
sign them. I do it. I try and do it nicely. But it ruins your marker when you
do it," referring to fans asking to get an autograph on their person so
they can turn it into a tattoo, and the body oils drying out the tip of the
While Doyle doesn't foresee
adding to his modest tattoo collection and covering his arms with full sleeves,
the kind which dominate the rock landscape of today, that doesn't mean that he
doesn't have the opportunity. "All my tattoo friends look at the one on my
arm, as I have had it since I was 17, and they'll say, 'Let me color that in
for you, let me do something with that,' and I am pretty much like, 'Leave me
Sometimes it's best to leave
a classic alone. And, as Doyle says, "Keep It Simple, Stupid."
Photography by Steve Prue
Article by Amy Sciarrett
Models: Leah Jung, Draven
Star, Kleio Valentien
Location: Shangri-La Studio