Christopher Michael Fehn was born February 24, 1972 and is one of two percussionists in the nu metal band Slipknot. Chris uses a Pinocchio-style mask, which has been seen in many different colors and styles with the nose of the mask always staying at 71⁄2 inches (about 19 cm) long. Chris's mask is most likely based on the masks worn by doctors during the Black Plague, where the nose was filled with herbs to 'protect' the doctor from inhaling the fumes of death, or possibly on the mask Alex wore during the rape scene from the film A Clockwork Orange. Chris likes to simulate masturbation with the nose of his mask during shows. Chris was a college football kicker before the start of Slipknot. He does most of the backup vocals together with Shawn "Clown" Crahan, but bassist Paul Gray also performs them in many live songs.
Personal Life and Career
Fehn was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. Prior to joining Slipknot, he played as a kicker on the Wayne State University Football team. Fehn joined the band around April 1997, replacing percussionist Greg Welts, who was forced out of Slipknot after the band due to personal conflicts with drummer Joey Jordison which stemmed from Welts dating Jordison's sister. Fehn stands 6'1" in height and is of Norwegian descent.
As well as lending his percussion talents to the band, Fehn has also sung backing vocals on a number of songs Slipknot has both recorded and performed live. Outside Slipknot, Fehn is a very keen golfer, and evidences this on the band's 2006 DVD, Voliminal: Inside the Nine, where he is interviewed while playing golf. Fehn describes himself as a "big fan of the band" and says of Slipknot, "the world needed something like this." Slipknot bassist Paul Gray stated in an interview that Fehn "often brings humor to the band." and that they "definitely need that guy." Prior to joining Slipknot in 1997, Fehn was close friends with Slipknot's percussionist Shawn Crahan. According to Fehn, he had originally asked Crahan if he could be drummer Joey Jordison's drum tech. Shortly after his request was made, Fehn was given an offer to play custom percussion in the band. Fehn was then given a rough demo that contained all of Slipknot's songs. Fehn has said that "Spit It Out" was the song that stood out to him the most. Fehn then tried out on percussion and was subsequently made part of Slipknot. Of the nine members, Chris was the eighth to join the band.
In the early years of Slipknot before their signing with Roadrunner Records, Fehn was an electrician. In a recent interview with Face Culture, Fehn said that the band members gave him a hard time in his early years with the band. He described that his time during the self-titled album era was his "hazing period" with the band.
His mask was featured in the movie Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay.
On March 23, 2012 Chris welcomed his son into the world.
Chris Fehn's masks all have the same overall design, worn over a bondage hood. His first mask for the bands self-titled era was white. For the Iowa era he used the same mask as the self-titled era due to the years of touring it became dark and stretched out almost making a new mask. One of his more popular masks was from the Vol. 3 Subliminal verses which had a red face. His most recent mask for All Hope Is Gone has a color similar to the Iowa era mask. The nose always stays at 7 1/2 inches. All of these masks are face-masks with leather straps worn over bondage hoods. Fehn's mask design is most likely based on those worn by doctors during the Black Plague, where the nose was filled with herbs to 'protect' the doctor from inhaling the fumes of death. Another widely discussed influence is the possibility of the mask being based on that which was adorned by Alex and his "droogs" during the rape scene in the 1971 film A Clockwork Orange.
A third idea of the origin of the mask also comes from Commedia dell'arte, an Italian comedy which held its popularity through the 15th and 18th centuries. In particular Chris' mask resembles a version of Pantalone's phallic-nosed mask. A fourth idea of the origin of the mask is the Pinocchio character. Backstage at Slipknot's second Ozzfest show, Fehn expanded on the mask to a local interviewer, saying, "This mask reflects my comic personality. Plus I chose it for the bondage factor. When you put it on, it takes you to another place. It's very hot, it's very tight, and it hurts– that goes along with the aggression we create." In a more recent interview in London, Fehn claimed that, "The smell gets worse, it smells like puke, sweat, and piss!" The mask is also shown in the movie Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay when Harold pulls it out of Neil Patrick Harris's bag after he is shot by the prostitutes. When they pull it out Harold calls it a "creepy mask" and it startles Kumar. The mask is shown too in one of the scenes of the Hellraiser IV: Bloodline movie, where appears the Pilar Of Souls behind the Chatterer Beast,there is an exactly identical mask seen on this Pilar when Pinhead says "Work with me, or for Me".The mask can be seen at one side of the Pillar.
- Custom Pearl timpani style drums.
- Pearl Competitor FFX-style marching snare (12x14).
- Vic Firth Metal American Classic drum sticks.
- Two empty beer kegs, played primarily with a baseball bat.
Fehn's drums were custom-welded by fellow Slipknot percussionist Shawn Crahan. Fehn and Crahan use the same set-up for their drums; however, Crahan's set, along with Joey Jordison's, is normally mounted on a scissor lift which goes high into the air and rotates, whereas Fehn's drum set is mounted on a swivel, allowing them to rotate 90° and tilt in numerous directions, as seen in the videos for "Left Behind" and "Before I Forget". Fehn prefers not to use the scissor lift due to his fear of heights.