WHO WOULD WIN A CAGE MATCH BETWEEN YOU BOTH?
RVW: I think it would be a draw—we would probably just keep
brawling until we got hungry.
WK: It would be a draw.
HOW MANY TATTOOS DO YOU HAVE?
RVW: I only have one tattoo now—pretty much all over, though.
WK: Last time I counted, I have over fifty.
RVW: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Secret of the Ooze tattoo.
WK: One for my daughter, Taylor Makenzie.
RVW: I don’t have any tattoo regrets. In fact, I like my horrible
ones the best. When I look at them I crack up.
WK: Yes, any women aside from my daughter.
MOST ANNOYING THING ABOUT YOU?
RVW: I never stop moving. I might’ve learned that from motocross—“To win the race, you gotta run the pace.” Plus I can be
annoying after a big cup of Starbucks. I talk too much.
WK: I talk too much.
HAMMER OR MICROPHONE?
RVW: How about a microphone in one hand and a hammer and the
other? I love them both. About “Ice Ice Baby,” when I was 16 it sold
160 million records. And I love poetry, but I found another passion in
construction and design. That’s how we get in where we fit in.
WK: I have no choice—both.
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE?
RVW: Leonardo DiCaprio. He would have to learn how to ride
motocross and be cool as ice and hang out with the Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles!
WK: Jason Statham.
YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?
RVW: Actually liking a One Direction song that my daughter
sings. I never thought I would say that!
WK: M&Ms and cherry Slurpees.
RVW: Ghetto Swag in Palm Beach, and my favorite coffee spot is
Nespresso coffee bar in Miami Beach.
WK: Any underground clothing store that I find clothes where nobody else has them. We’ll go into the hood to get some good stuff.
LAST BOOK YOU READ?
RVW: The Platinum Rule by Dr. Michael O’Connor.
WK: The Five Love Languages by Gary D. Chapman.
RVW: “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley. Perfect therapy.
WK: Besides “Ice Ice Baby,” “Crawling” by Linkin Park.
FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL?
RVW: Wood shop, although I was good in math. And that was it.
RVW: Vegetables. I know it’s not exciting, but I’ve been a vegetarian for over ten years. You would be surprised how good it is
if you cook them right and put the right sauce on them.
WK: Spaghetti and meatballs.
RVW: Any meat—so much saturated fat and cholesterol that it
disgusts me. And avocados are gross too.
WK: Egg rolls and fish and chips. Both have given me food poisoning!
RVW: Evel Knievel, just like every other motocrosser reading this
magazine. You gotta look up to the original OG daredevil, not
just for what he accomplished on the motorcycle, but the way he
spoke and the meaning behind his words is very inspirational.
WK: Clint Eastwood and Evel Knievel.
RVW: Honda CR80.
WK: It was a Benelli 60cc with supermini wheels. I couldn’t even
touch the ground.
TWITTER, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM?
RVW: Twitter (@vanillaice), Instagram (@vanillaiceofficial), Vine
WK: Instagram (@weskain) and Twitter (@weskainofficial).
FAVORITE NON-MOTOCROSS WEBSITE?
RVW: VanillaIce.com or MLS.com, a real-estate portal.
FAVORITE NON-SWEAR WORD?
IF YOU FOUND $1,000 ON THE STREET, WHAT WOULD
YOU DO WITH IT?
RVW: Find the owner and return it. But if I can’t find the owner, then
I will exempt it as a tip and treat my ninjas to a nice five-star meal.
WK: I’d try my hardest to see if anyone in the immediate area
lost it, then I’d put it on my refrigerator. If nobody claimed it, I’d
donate it to Toys for Tots.
ALL-TIME FAVORITE TRACK?
RVW: Lake Whitney in Texas.
WK: Loretta Lynn Ranch.
WORST PART OF YOUR JOB?
RVW: Not enough sleep to charge the batteries. Other than that,
hard work pays off and is very rewarding.
WK: Missing a connecting flight and having to spend a night in
the airport with no food options. Detroit comes to mind.
WHO HAS INSPIRED YOU THE MOST?
RVW: Evel Knievel for his words and Bob Marley for his words
WK: My stepdad Butch, dad Norman, Kevin Kelly, Jason
Weigandt, Tim Cotter, Rob Van Winkle, and my mom.
WHO’S IN YOUR REGULAR CREW?
RVW: My ninjas. I have a lot of friends, and it depends on where I’m
at in the country at the time. At home I’m chilling with Wes, Jeremy,
and the boys. Funny thing is, most of my friends are motocrossers.
WK: Rob Van Winkle, Kevin Kelly, Paula Paula Paula, Willie Manning, Jeff Cernic, Rodney Tomblin, Richard White, Clayton Miller,
Tony Miller, Bevo—the Wes Kain Mafia runs deep!
WORDS TO LIVE BY?
RVW: “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery” or “Take
life day by day, turn negatives of yesterday into positives,” and
“Don’t worry about tomorrow, it hasn’t happened yet.”
WK: Walk a straight path, do the right thing, treat people how
you’d like to be treated. You’re always as good as your word.
I TALK TOO
ROB VAN WINKLE