Travis Barker was known for being the drummer in the pop-punk band called blink-182. He was born in Southern California and started taking jazz lessons and playing in a drumline when he was just 10 years old.
After finished high school, he played in the Los Angeles area for various small punk bands. He quickly became known as a captivating and innovative drummer in that community. In 1998, he was recruited by Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge to play for blink-182. Joining this band was the real start to his career.
A year after they became a band, Barker, Hoppus, and DeLonge ran naked through Los Angeles for a music video. The song was called “What’s My Age Again?” and it was featured on the album Enema of the State. The album went platinum and gained international success.
For many years, the band recorded and toured independently but they finally signed to MCA Records. Their eclectic pop-punk music style made them iconic and many of their songs are still hits today. blink-182 is legendary and has sold over 50 million albums worldwide!
Barker’s Career Beyond blink-182
Travis definitely enjoyed the success of his band, but he made sure to immerse himself in other ventures as well. His creative life quickly took off. He founded a clothing line called Famous Stars and Straps, or just Famous for short. The clothing was influenced by punk and hip-hop music and style.
He joined the punk-rap supergroup The Transplants. He also got married to Shanna Moakler and started a family, which influenced the start of his own reality TV show on MTV called Meet the Barkers. He was succeeding in every aspect of his life beyond the band.
The End of An Era
blink-182 went on hiatus in 2005, so, Barker began working more with hip-hop. In 2006, he teamed up with DJ AM and formed TRV$DJAM. DJ AM mixed tracks onstage and Barker drummed to them live.
They began booking gigs and even played at the MTV Video Music Awards. He really felt he was building a new foundation for his music career. He was turning over a new leaf and making a name for himself outside of blink-182. But 12 days after the VMA performance, something happened that changed his life forever.
A Tragic Accident That Changed His Life
In September 2008, Travis and his close friend and collaborator, Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein, boarded a private jet with two other close friends, assistant Chris Baker and security guard Charles “Che” Still. This was after playing a show in South Carolina the night before.
The tires on the aircraft blew during takeoff, causing the plane to overrun the runway. It then skidded across the highway, hit an embankment, and burst into flames. Tragically, the two pilots, Chris Baker, and Charles Still, were killed in the accident.
Just Barely Escaping Death
Barker was covered in jet fuel and engulfed in flames. He was able to get out and sprint across the highway completely lit on fire. Goldstein was able to get out as well, and he rushed to help Barker extinguish the fire by taking off his shirt to smother it.
Barker already had a lifelong fear of flying, and a freak accident like this definitely did not help. He was completely traumatized and heartbroken at the loss of his friends. He just barely escaped death.
The Aftermath of Tragedy
Barker suffered third-degree burns all over his body from the accident. The doctors said that the burns covered over 65 percent of the skin on his body. He spent three months in the hospital, undergoing a total of 26 surgeries to help mitigate the damage the fire had caused.
Additionally, he endured multiple skin grafts in an effort to cover up the very serious burns. Due to him being stuck in the hospital, he could not attend the funerals of friends who had died in the accident.
Trying to Live with the Guilt
Almost a year after the accident, Goldstein died of a drug overdose. Losing his close friends and surviving something so intense was too much for him Barker bear. He refuses to fly to this day, which is understandable.
He has done a lot to heal from this trauma and to move forward from the night that changed his life forever. He had to learn to walk and drum again after his body sustained such intense injuries. He did months of therapy and recently started getting into boxing and breathwork.
Dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
After the plane crash, Barker really struggled with PTSD. He barely slept during his first three weeks home from the hospital. He considered it lucky if he slept an hour or so in the early morning after going into his kids’ rooms.
He dealt with very intense survivor’s guilt. He had survived and some of his closest friends didn’t. He felt that every time he saw a plane, it was going to crash. For a long time, he lived his life bracing for impact.
Will He Ever Fly Again?
Barker wants to reach a point where he can get back on an airplane. He doesn’t know when he will be ready enough, but he has an agreement with someone very close to him.
One day, this person will tell him to be ready in 24 hours and Barker will know it will be his time to fly again. He will pack an overnight bag and get in a car that will drive him to the airport where he will board a plane for the first time since 2008. One day he will do this.
He Will Conquer This Fear One Day
Barker stated in an interview that flying again would not only be about closure but about perseverance. He will get on a plane, fly somewhere, and then fly back home to his children.
He will walk through the front door having just conquered his biggest fear. “If I do it, and the angels above help me in my travels and keep me safe, I would like to come back and [tell them], ‘Hey, I just flew here, and then I flew home. And everything was fine.’ I have to tell them because I almost left them.”
Meet the Barkers on MTV
Meet the Barkers was a reality television series that aired on MTV. The show followed the everyday life of married couple Travis Barker and Shanna Moakler. The two Barker children, Alabama Luella and Landon Asher, were also featured on the show as they grew up in the limelight.
Barker’s stepdaughter Atiana Cecelia De La Hoya appeared on the show as well. The show went on for two seasons and had a total of 16 episodes. Between Barker’s rockstar lifestyle and Moakler’s American beauty, the married couple led a far-from-average life, making the show incredibly entertaining.
The Show Was Unscripted
Meet the Barkers was so refreshing because it started off completely unscripted. When the cameras were rolling, the family members were just their genuine selves. This was rare because most reality television today is meticulously scripted.
The show displayed the lives of the former couple in a way that felt real. This was confirmed by an intern who used to work on the show’s production. She revealed that none of the cast was fed a script or even storylines. The show only had cameramen and editors in an effort to keep it genuine.
Alabama Was Born on the Show
During a lot of Meet the Barkers, only Landon and Atiana are present. The kids experience childhood on camera, but they experience the birth of their younger sister on camera, too. In the second season of Meet the Barkers, Shanna announces she is pregnant.
She is pregnant throughout Season 2 and gives birth at the end to their daughter, Alabama. She was born on Christmas Eve! Considering the show was only two seasons, baby Alabama did not get much screen time, but she still stole the hearts of many fans with her cuteness.
The Couple was Falling Apart
Throughout the show, Travis and Shanna seem to be involved in a heated romance. The truth of the matter is that Meet the Barkers did not leave the couple on a happy note. At first, the purpose of the show was to help Shanna expand her acting career, allowing for more exposure.
This backfired though because when the camera turned off, Shanna felt that Travis distanced himself from her. He did not want to be viewed as a reality TV star; he was still a musician, so tensions quickly rose.
Their Marriage was Crumbling
Understandably, reality television takes a toll on relationships, so it’s easy to see why their marriage slowly started to fall apart and problems began to arise between the couple. Shanna and Travis fought a lot during their marriage. Many close to the two were shocked the marriage lasted four years.
They constantly announced their plans to divorce, just to get back together shortly after in passionate love. They were involved in fights, calls to police, and cheating accusations. It was a toxic relationship and Meet the Barkers only added fuel to the fire.
Meet the Barkers Was to Blame
The marriage became very rocky due to Meet the Barkers. The reality television show ruined the couple. It was hard for Travis to be around Shanna, and he would distance himself from her. They could not find time to be together as a healthy couple with their busy schedules. Shanna acted totally differently onscreen.
Whenever a camera was around, she acted completely out of character, and this drove Travis mad. Despite their eventual divorce, they are great co-parents and Travis is still very close with his stepdaughter Atiana.
The Sudden End Explained
Travis wrote an autobiography entitled “Can I Say”. In the book, he chronicles the end of the reality tv show and explains what led to its abrupt ending. He said that Meet the Barkers developed extremely toxic energy.
It was no longer a show that showcased his life as a father and a band member but rather a variety show. It went from a diary of his life to a crumbling show. Additionally, he and his then-wife Shanna had other projects going on in their lives that were more important.
Does Travis Barker Have Kids?
At first glance, Barker doesn’t seem like much of a father figure as he’s covered head to toe in tattoos. Everyone is curious if the drummer has children. Ever since he started dating Kourtney Kardashian, it was apparent that her extended family would always be in the picture, but what about his?
Turns out, Travis has two children. Despite his busy career, he has always put his children and fatherhood first. Family has always been his number one priority, which is a very similar ideal to Kourtney Kardashian.
Who Are the Barker Children?
Barker is a father to two biological children. Both are from his marriage to Shanna Moakler. His first child is a boy named Landon Asher. He was born in October 2003. Two years later, he welcomed his first daughter and second child into the world.
Her name is Alabama Luella, and she was born in December 2005. Barker loves both and is very proud of them and how far they have come. He is very close to his two children, always putting them first.
Like Father, Like Son
Landon Asher is 18 years old. At a young age, he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a musician. Growing up around his father’s musical career has made him very musically gifted. Landon plays the piano and guitar. In November 2020, he released his first single, called “Holiday”.
Additionally, he was featured in Machine Gun Kelly and Mod Sun’s musical film/visual album called Downfalls High. This is only the beginning of his career, but with his father and 1 million Instagram followers by his side, he is sure to succeed.
Daddy’s Little Girl
Alabama Luella is the youngest of the two biological Barker children, but she is not to be overlooked. Alabama may be daddy’s little girl, but she takes after her mother in terms of looks. She is just as beautiful as her mother, Shanna Moakler.
Alabama has done some modeling work throughout her career, but she mostly focuses on being a social media influencer. She is verified on Instagram and has 1.3 million followers. She loves her father and appreciates their strong bond. She expressed this in a touching Instagram post.
He Is a Stepfather, Too
Barker is not only a father, but he is also a stepfather. Moakler had a daughter from a previous marriage to Oscar De La Hoya named Atiana Cecilia De La Hoya. Atiana was 5 years old when Travis and Shanna got married, and Travis accepted her with open arms.
He took her in as his own. Atiana became a model at the young age of 14. She continued her career for many years and now she continues to model while juggling social media influencing just like her younger stepsister.
Barker Wellness Co.
This is a vegan wellness company started by Barker. He understands how demanding a busy life is on one’s health and body. His busy schedule as a professional musician led him to discover cannabinoids that nurture the body and mind.
The company sells vegan, cruelty-free, high-quality CBD products like gummies, tinctures, creams, and balms to help heal the mind and body. Barker has really connected with the ever-growing wellness culture and industry that surrounds Los Angeles and he hopped on the bandwagon with Baker Wellness Co. to make a difference.
Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker
As you all probably know from the hundreds of PDA-filled Instagram posts, Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian are in a relationship and as of May 2022, they are officially married. But before they became a couple, they were close friends.
This led to a seamless transition from friendship to a romantic relationship. They even knew each other’s family, which is a bonus because Barker and Kardashian are very involved in family life. In 2020, their relationship became romantic, and they started dating seriously which also meant Instagram photos in matching outfits.
Fans Start to Notice
In January 2021, fans started to notice Travis and Kourtney and questioned if it was more than a friendship. Travis commented on Kourtney’s Instagram photos with flirty comments. In one of the photos of a sexy mirror selfie, he commented a red rose emoji.
To bring in more buzz, the couple posted the same photo from Kris Jenner’s house in Palm Springs. Fans suspected the two were on a weekend getaway. The rumors began to circulate, and it looked like the two were going from friendship to relationship.
All The Rumors are True
To confirm her fans’ suspicions, Kourtney took to Instagram and posted a photo holding Barker’s hand on Valentine’s Day. A picture is worth a thousand words, and the relationship was confirmed with no caption needed.
While on The Drew Barrymore Show, Travis spoke of their relationship and how effortless it is for them to be together. “I’m spending time with a woman who’s a great mom, who’s a great friend.” The devotion continued when Travis got Kourtney’s name tattooed on his chest for his birthday. If that isn’t commitment, what is?
Trouble with the Ex
Not everyone was thrilled with the new happy couple. Moakler claimed that the Kardashians broke her family apart. She accused Travis of having an affair with Kim while they were still married.
She told TMZ, “My family is broken because of this family, and now my kids and I are alienated from each other because of another sister in the family, so yay for me… Thanks for destroying my family twice.” But the couple didn’t really seem to care, considering a photo of Kourtney tattooing “I love you” on Barker’s arm was posted to Instagram.
A Surprising Response from an Ex
Unlike Shanna, Scott Disick, Kourtney’s longtime partner and father of her children, had a surprisingly positive response… until he didn’t. On the “Keeping Up with The Kardashians” reunion, Scott gave his blessings and was seemingly complacent with the new relationship.
He told the host, “I think if you really love somebody, right, you want them to be happy no matter what.” Then, weeks later he was caught messaging another one of Kourtney’s exes calling her out on her steamy Instagram photos. So, what’s it gonna be, Scott, are you with Kravis against them?
The Couple is Finally Engaged
In October 2021, to no one’s surprise, Barker finally proposed. The proposal took place on a beach in Montecito at sunset. A closed-off area of the beach was covered in a huge heart made of red roses and surrounded by candles.
The proposal was thoughtful and beautiful. Kourtney said yes, of course. Although she is a mother of three and has been in a serious long-term relationship that resulted in those three children, Kourtney had not been married before. Turns out, there really is a first time for everything!
Trying for a New Baby
The trailer for the new Kardashian show on Hulu recently dropped, and so did some juicy details. Kourtney and Travis announced that they want to have a baby! Kourtney is a mother of three.
Travis is a father to two and a stepfather to one, but they are looking to add another baby to the mix. In the trailer, the pair were shown giving samples at a fertility clinic. This means that the couple will try and use IVF in order to get pregnant. Hopefully, it will all work out.
Ring the Wedding Bells
After the Grammys, Kourtney and Travis ran off to a little Sin City chapel to get married. Kourtney even took to Instagram with a caption, “Once upon a time in a land far, far away (Las Vegas) at 2 am, after an epic night and a little tequila, a queen and her handsome king ventured out to the only open chapel with an Elvis and got married (with no license).
Practice makes perfect.” The issue is that with no license, they aren’t technically married, so there will be a big wedding night after all!
Married for Real This Time
In May 2022, the couple made their union official! Kardashian and Barker are officially legally married. They held an intimate courthouse ceremony in Santa Barbara surrounded by close friends and family.
They posted their first wedding photos on Instagram, which featured much-expected PDA and sultry black and white photos. After the ceremony, they drove away in a convertible that had a sign hanging on the back that read “just married.” Their friends and family waved goodbye to them as the couple rode off into their new life together.
Wedding Ceremony, Part Two
Turns out, modest and small is not really this couple’s style. They plan to have a larger wedding ceremony in Italy. This ceremony is sure to be lavish and extravagant. Apparently, the couple had to get married in the United States before they could tie the knot in Italy.
The details for this wedding include the entire family and all the kids. Maybe even a cameo of Kim and Pete Davidson. Good news for the Kravis fans, there are way more Instagram photos coming and they will surely include the entire Kar-Jenner clan.
What is DTA Records?
Travis Barker started a record company called DTA records. DTA stands for Don’t Trust Anyone. The label has signed tons of emerging artists from all music genres. Travis is known for his ability to get along with just about anyone, so that makes for an interesting list of signed artists.
Besides drumming, he now gets to be a rap producer. He has collaborated with Lil Wayne and Rick Ross. He also produced “Tickets to My Downfall,” Machine Gun Kelly’s latest album. He prides himself on the fact that DTA is a home for established artists but also up-and-coming artists.
The Best Part About Being a Producer
Barker shared with Billboard that the best part about being a producer is the constant creative work with different artists. One day, he makes Slipknot-sounding music with Rico Nasty and Grandson.
The next day, he is with Goody Grace and Machine Gun Kelly, and the day after that he might be with someone like Fever 333. He is constantly jumping around from artist to artist. He likes the mix and creative energy it brings. Barker feels blessed to be working with DTA and producing music with other artists.
He Always Wanted to Be a Rockstar
Barker was always wild and crazy. He was constantly testing the waters to see what was OK and what was too far. He did everything with an all-or-nothing attitude because he never had a backup plan. The same went for his career. He grew up banging on drums and playing piano, and he knew he wanted to be a rockstar.
There was no plan B for Travis. He knew he had to make it as a rockstar, and he really did. His first band, the Aquabats, opened for blink-182 in 1997, and by 1998, he was part of the band that reached worldwide stardom.
A Body Covered in Tattoos
Tattoos are a form of art for many, and Barker couldn’t agree more. He got his first tattoo when he was 15 years old. His father got so angry that he threatened to kick him out of the house. So, to prove a point, Barkergot more.
To Barker, his tattoos are like a diary. He wants people to look at his body and know his story, his journey, and what he has been through. Each tattoo represents a different page in the book of his life, so he has never regretted a tattoo.
‘Can I Say’ by Travis Barker
“Can I Say” is an autobiography written by the blink-182 drummer that was published in 2015. He wrote the book with the help of Rolling Stone and New York Times contributor Gavin Edwards.
The book was published by William Morrow and Company. Although it is an autobiography, it features contributions from many of Barker’s friends and family including members of blink-182, Transplants, and the Aquabats.
A Drummer and a Rock Legend
Barker is one of the best drummers of all time; definitely of this era. He is incredibly talented and puts his all into everything he does. He is passionate about his family and his children; dedicated to signing emerging artists and well-known artists to DTA.
He is committed to providing mind and body health with CBD through Barker Wellness Co. He is a role model to people everywhere. He followed his dreams and persevered despite all the hardship he was handed in life. His legacy will always follow him.