David Draiman Of Disturbed

Disturbed’s David Draiman Discusses The Origins Of His Double Labret Piercings And His Parents Reaction To Them


For the majority of Disturbed‘s multi-platinum career, the chin of frontman David Draiman was adorned by two pieces of trademark facial jewelry. 2018 ultimately saw him finally retire his trademark double labret claw piercings, with the outspoken vocalist stating at the time:

“I felt it was time to do away with them. They’re cumbersome and just annoying and a pain. And it didn’t feel right at this age. I got all this nice salt and pepper going on over here.”

In a newly digitally published feature focusing on his life story conducted by Revolver, Draiman was asked about when he first got the since removed piercings, to which he responded:

“There were two things I did once I quit my job. Once I knew that we had a record deal coming, I shaved my head and I did the double labret. And yeah, I just wanted to do something that was original that nobody else had.”

When asked how his parents reacted to the extra two holes in his face, he responded:

“It took them a while before they saw it … and my mom cried. They were not happy.”

As it turns out, Draiman‘s parents weren’t too excited by his career choices to begin was, as Draiman himself shared the following about their thoughts on his rock star dreams before the release of the band’s 5x multi-platinum debut album “The Sickness“:

“…I left a successful administrator’s job. Six-figure salary, company car, company phone, company pager back in those days. And so leaving that to go try and be a rock star, my parents thought I was nuts. It created quite a rift at the time.”

You can dig into more of Draiman‘s life story, including his teenage battles with drug addiction and adjusting to the fame band afforded to him over at Revolver. Disturbed‘s eighth studio album “Divisive” saw a release last month.

- Advertisement - Purchase Merch