Chris Benz told us that his signature pink hair was inspired by the gloomy, gray days of Winter — and that it almost manifested itself as a signature tattoo or piercing.
"It was that Winter in New York when it was like endless, and everyone was dying and it was pouring down rain," Benz said, referring to the blizzard-filled Winter of 2010. "Every single day it was snowing and then it would rain and then it would snow. And I was like, I don't know, I need to get a tattoo or pierce my ears or something, and everyone was like, no, just dye your hair because you can always dye it back and you'll feel like you did something exciting in the midst of this terrible Winter.
"So I went to where I get my hair done, looked at a bunch of colors, and I was like, 'Bleach it white and then we're going to dye it a color and be done with it.' And after it was white, I was like, let's just do it pink. I think it'll be funny and fun. And that was it. And the rest is history."
Benz has more or less maintained his pink hair since then and says he doesn't see himself experimenting with another color any time soon. He treats his locks with Manic Panic's pink hair dye about once a month.
"It kind of gets good when it grows out," he said. "I feel like roots are really important right now."
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