Men's Fitness: You turned pro at 17 and now you're a motorcross legend all these years later. Do you feel that your age has caught up with you?
Carey Hart: I definitely don't think my age has caught me at all; yeah, I'm 30 years old, but I'm still doing the same things I've always done. I still work out really hard and ride my motorcycle really hard, I skate, snowboard, ride BMX and get drunk with my friends (laughs). I grew up quick, but at the same time I haven't aged.
MF: I've read that you've broken over 20 bones in your body; what was the hardest part of rehabilitating from each of those injuries?
CH: Well actually, I've broken 56 bones. The hardest thing about rehab is staying positive through it; I've had some severe injuries where some have almost killed me. This last one, I broke both my legs and arms and had really bad blood clotting. It literally almost killed me. And once I did get through the hospital and actually started to recover, I was in a wheelchair for two months. The hardest part is to keep a good outlook and stay positive.
MF: So it's more mental than physical?
CH: Definitely. The reason its way more mental is because its amazing what your body can go through, how resilient [it] is, and how much you can heal especially if you take care of yourself. I've done some devastating things to my body and I've bounced back.
MF: You've since established your brand, and have launched a clothing line in addition to the your Hart & Huntington tattoo parlor in Vegas. How is your line different from other lifestyle clothing lines?
CH: The thing for us is that we're driven through the art of tattooing. I like to wear something that represents me and what I'm into. Tattooing is about a lifestyle, action sports are about a lifestyle. I don't just DO motorcross, its my lifestyle. [But the line is] Very rock-n-roll, very aggressive, and represents our lifestyle.
MF: Ever consider getting into the motorcross apparel business? Nobody would know what works more than you.
CH: [Hart & Huntington] is definitely staying true to tattooing. I'm not trying to put what I do in a dirtbike into it. That doesn't mean that motorcrossers and skateboarders don't wear it, but it's staying true to tattooing. Those two worlds I keep completely separate.
MF: How many tattoos do you have?
CH: Basically, one. I have a full shirt from my waistline all the way to my knuckles. Up my neck, back, ribs, shoulders...
MF: How long did that take?
CH: I've [put in over] 300 hours into my tattoos.
MF: Getting back to your business, your tattoo parlor was subject of the A&E reality show, Inked. What was the most difficult part of filming that show?
CH: Probably dealing with the actual shooting schedule; we shoot for 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, and during the season we shot for 4 1/2 to 5 months. Everything that goes on in the day-to-day, you can't get away from the camera.
MF: What was the most fun part?
CH: Probably seeing the general public's reaction to it. While we're taping, there's anywhere from 50 to 200 people standing outside our tattoo shop watching it all go down, so its pretty fun. It's like a live studio audience somewhat.
MF: You're somewhat of a reality-tv vet, appearing on VH1's The Surreal Life 5, and you were actually the most "normal" guest on that lineup. Did you feel there was any notoriety attached with the show and that your appearance might hurt your image?
CH: Yea, going into The Surreal Life was definitely the flip of a coin; honestly not too many people went into The Surreal Life and have come out looking good. I'm in a committed relationship so I wasn't worrying about going on that show and getting wasted with somebody, because that's not me. I think I represented a good, positive life. Also, I think I was a curveball for them, because I think they were expecting me to be the 'wild, crazy dirtbike rider', and I'm pretty mellow. I was more of the father figure than the wild, crazy party guy.
MF: Any future TV plans?
CH: We just wrapped up shooting season 2 for Inked, so we're doing all the late night [shows] and [publicity] for that; if things go good with this second season, I think they want to get right back into a third. I definitely think between the tattoo show and everything going on in my personal life, I'll be on TV here and there.
MF: How is married life? Is it everything you've expected?
CH: It's great. Pink and I have been together on and off for the better part of 4 1/2 years, so the nice thing about it is that things don't change. Right now it's a little interesting because she's out promoting a new album, and I'm home taping the TV show and trying to get back on my motorcycle, so we have to do the long-distance thing right now, but its cool.
MF: How do you tell all of the groupie chicks to fall back? I'm sure there are a lot of girls who would like to say that they stole Carey Hart from Pink.
CH: I don't get wrapped up in that. I have a very small circle of friends and when I'm home, I'm locked in my office developing the brand and when I'm on the road, I travel with the same circle of friends, but I don't put myself in those situations. At the same time, I'm 30 years old (laughs), and I had fun while I was younger, traveling since I was 15, 16, so all that [groupie stuff] isn't attractive to me anymore.
MF: Where would you like to be a year from now?
CH: On a beach in Costa Rica (laughs). I just hope that there's a progression with the tattoo shop and the brand and I stay healthy and don't get hurt, my wife album blows up, and start churning out season 3.
MF Approved: Hart & Huntington clothing
*Season 2 of Inked airs May 31st on A&E