During an interview, the successful percussionist was asked if he let anyone wear the mask. Clown said he is pretty brutal on this issue and added that a couple of his close friends tried it.
When the interviewer asked, “In your career, did you let anyone else wear the mask?”, Clown replied:
“It’s actually a really good question. Never let anyone wear the mask, you know? I’ve given masks away, so they can do whatever they want, but I’ve never had anyone take my mask and wear it like on stage, or you know…
“There are a few very obscure things, but they’re not like, ‘You can wear this.’ Usually, I’m generally interested that if I have a mask here, and if we’re friends, you would come in, and I would be very interested whether you would just pick it up and blindly, maybe disrespectfully – I don’t really look at it that way, but what are you gonna do blindly?
“That’s laying here, are you gonna pick it up? Are you gonna attempt to put it on? Are you scared of it? Is it fragile to you?
“Out of 25 years, everyone’s really respectful, and the only ones that just grab and put it on are my kids; they don’t care. And I actually have a couple of close friends that are really close to me and have kind of picked it up and tried it on.
“But I’m pretty brutal, like, you can imagine all these jackasses around the world that might have messed around for a moment and they can play funny games. You hire some mask maker, he makes the final thing, he’s had a couple of drinks, this guy’s girlfriend, who knows what’s going on…”
He also revealed what he thinks on his mask. Clown also added his words that people got to respect it.
“So I’ve always made the mask, ‘Look, this is like a wedding ring, you got to respect this. You can’t just pick it up and touch it, this is my livelihood. This is also my art.’
“And I mainly tell people like, ‘If you attempt to put that on, you got to be prepared for what it’s gonna make you for the rest of your life. It could curse you, it could spin you down a direction that you don’t want to be.’
“It’s real, that’s real. It’s blood, sweat, and tears. There are many years of leaving family and missed birthdays, all that stuff that the world pounds on, so that represents my blood, sweat, and tears.
“So it’s not something I really offer, and I don’t know if anybody wants that curse anyway.”