Ask Andrew W.K.: Should I Stop Eating Meat?

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[Editor's note: Every week New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions, and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose or -- no surprise here -- a party. Need his help? Just ask: AskAWK@villagevoice.com]

Dear Andrew,

My girlfriend is a vegetarian, and we've been dating for a year now. I love her a lot, but she hates that I eat meat. Like most Americans, roughly 100% of the plates I put in front of me have a dead animal somewhere on them. Over the course of our relationship, my girl has pretty much convinced me it's unhealthy, both for my body and the environment. The proof is pretty irrefutable, but I can't picture cutting out meat completely, even if I'd like to. A life of not eating tacos, pepperoni pizzas, and cheese burgers is no life for me (yes, I've tried meat substitutes as alternatives, and I hate them). So my question is basic: how do I give up something I know is bad for me and my relationship if I love it so much?

- Meat Eater

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Ask Andrew W.K.: Should I Buy a Gun?

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[Editor's note: Every week New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions, and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose or -- no surprise here -- a party. Need his help? Just ask: AskAWK@villagevoice.com]

Dear Andrew,

I've always been a staunch opponent of guns, but my home has been broken into twice in the last six weeks. Now I'm thinking about purchasing a gun to protect my family and home. My wife is very much against this idea, and we fight about it often. I completely understand where she's coming from, as her views on the dangers of owning a gun used to be my own. But now I just don't know what to do. What do you think? Should I get a gun?

- One Shot

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Ask Andrew W.K.: "Looking Different Is Pretty Common These Days"

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[Editor's note: Every week New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions, and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose or -- no surprise here -- a party. Need his help? Just ask: AskAWK@villagevoice.com]

Dear Andrew,

I've had long hair since I was very young. I've only cut it once so I could play high school baseball. Since then, I've let go of my baseball dreams and started back down the path of growing my hair out again. It's almost at its perfect length. The only thing is, my parents aren't the biggest fans of long hair, and it can be hard to find a part time job with long flowing locks. Still, I feel like it's part of me, and I don't feel comfortable without it -- I don't look like myself with short hair. Andrew, as someone who's also had long hair for a long time, do you have any advice on how I can keep my long hair from affecting my life?

Your friend,
Chris

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Ask Andrew W.K.: My Religious Family Thinks I Drink Too Much

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[Editor's note: Every week New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions, and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose or -- no surprise here -- a party. Need his help? Just ask: AskAWK@villagevoice.com]

Dear Andrew,

My entire family are teetotaling religious types who never tasted a drop of liquor or tried a single drug. They even find dancing offensive. Well, I drink, and just last week they had an intervention on my behalf. Now they've got me thinking I may have a problem. I've never missed a day of work due to drinking. I pay my bills and keep up with all my responsibilities. But I do drink at least a six pack or more every day. Do I drink too much, or can I just do what I like since I've never run into any problems with it?

- Poppin' a Top

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Andrew W.K. Remembers GWAR's Oderus Urungus

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Andrew recalls: "I think our concept for this photo was to have Oderus be as aggro as possible, and me be as mellow as possible." Photo via
[Editor's note: Andrew is on tour in Canada. In lieu of a column this week, he sent us this heartfelt remembrance of his recently-passed friend Dave Brockie aka Oderus Urungus of GWAR. Ask Andrew W.K. returns next week.]

I first met Dave Brockie when he and some other members of GWAR invited me to participate in a very unusual show they were doing in Brooklyn. It wasn't quite clear what we would be doing, but Dave basically said I was allowed to do anything I wanted. They had a keyboard for me to play, a mic to sing into, and said we could just play some songs and have fun together. Naturally, I accepted.

I first found out about GWAR when I was around 13-years old. I was just completely blown away by everything about them. I'd never seen -- not only a band like them -- but I'd never really seen anything like them. I'd never seen creatures that looked like them, let alone ones that played music. From that moment on, I really looked at GWAR as an arbiter of excitement and a living example of the idea that anything was possible in this amazing thing called "the living arts." If this group of people could become rock and roll monsters and travel the earth, then maybe I could do whatever I dreamed of in life.

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Ask Andrew W.K.: How Do I Get My Girlfriend to Play With My Butt?

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[Editor's note: Every week New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions, and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose or -- no surprise here -- a party. Need his help? Just ask: AskAWK@villagevoice.com]

Dear Andrew,

I love my girlfriend, but she's a bore in the bedroom. My previous girlfriend had crazy sex with me. She introduced me to a lot of stuff, like playing with my ass. I couldn't even begin to ask my new conservative girlfriend about ass play. Or can I? To put it bluntly, how do I get my new girlfriend to play with my ass?

- Ass Play

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Look at These Professional Headshots of a Young Andrew W.K., Model

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Photo on right via Nickie McGowan
Via a friend who used to work at a modeling and acting agency in New York, some really rare and hilarious early photos of the rock musician / Party God / advice columnist Andrew W.K. have surfaced.

We asked Andrew for an explanation (and permission to publish) of the photos, and he tells us that back in the late '90s, long before he became the the World's Undisputed Party King, he tried his hand modeling and acting. These early headshots are a result. Andrew tells us the modeling and acting career never quite took off, but one assumes he did get ample working cutting different types of materials with that sharp jaw line. Hubba hubba.

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Ask Andrew W.K.: I Have a New Crush - Should I Dump My Old Flame?

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[Editor's note: Every week New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions, and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose or -- no surprise here -- a party. Need his help? Just ask: AskAWK@villagevoice.com]

Dear Andrew,

I've fallen in love with my new co-worker. She's the girl of my dreams and also has feelings for me. The problem is, I'm already in a committed relationship with another girl and we've been living together for three years.The consistency and normalcy of that relationship is comforting, but I miss the excitement we had in our first days now that I've found it again in my new co-worker crush. How do I end it with someone I care about and pursue this new girl of my dreams?

- Lost and Confused

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Ask Andrew W.K.: My Friend's Taste in Pop Culture Is Killing Me

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[Editor's note: Every week New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions, and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose or -- no surprise here -- a party. Need his help? Just ask: AskAWK@villagevoice.com]

Andrew,

I've got a friend who I love dearly, but certain things about her just drive me insane. I can't stand her taste in music, movies, clothes, and I really don't like her views on politics. Sometimes I get so frustrated and upset by the stuff she likes, I have hard time being around her at all. But when it comes to spending time together, we usually get along great and have tons of laughs just hanging out. We've been friends for over 10 years, but I find it harder and harder to relate to her tastes. Am I being shallow? Can we still be friends?

- Love Hate

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Ask Andrew W.K.: I'm Not Ready For a Baby

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[Editor's note: Every week New York City's own Andrew W.K. takes your life questions, and sets you safely down the right path to a solution, a purpose or -- no surprise here -- a party. Need his help? Just ask: AskAWK@villagevoice.com]

Dear Andrew,

My wife is keen to have a child. She often asks me, "Do you want to have a baby?" and I tell her yes, but then I quickly change the subject. The truth is, I've never imagined myself as a father, and if I was to answer the question honestly, my answer would be no. I love my wife. What should I do?

- Indecision Personified

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