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Rhett Skulls It


With a nod to Vanity Fair, we put Skull Shop owner Rhett Hutchence to the challenge of the Proust questionnaire. Photos: Oscar Munar.

Rhett, what is your idea of perfect happiness?

A roof over my head, warmth, health, means to get by, and someone to share life with.

What is your greatest fear?


What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Indifference in some matters.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?


Which living person do you most admire?

Bernie Sanders.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Eating out breakfast, lunch and dinner.

What is your current state of mind?


What do you consider the most overrated virtue?


On what occasion do you lie?

When not to hurt more.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

My bald patch. The work of the devil.

Which living person do you most despise?

Colin Thomas Diamond, the man who stole and sold my brothers intellectual property-rights.

What is the quality you most like in a man?


What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Expression of feelings and communication.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

She’ll be right mate.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?


When and where were you happiest?

Two to 10 years old, Hong Kong.

Which talent would you most like to have?

A magician’s.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?


What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Discovering I can be an artist.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

A deadly virus that attacks the 1%.

Where would you most like to live?

Bali ticks most of the boxes.

What is your most treasured possession?

The family photos.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?


What is your favourite occupation?

Travelling artist.

What is your most marked characteristic?


What do you most value in your friends?


Who are your favourite writers?

Douglas Adams, Bill Bryce, Chuck Palahniuk.

Who is your hero of fiction?

Bond, James Bond.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

William Burroughs.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My brother Michael.

What are your favourite names?

Banjo and Toxey (male). Max and Monty (female).

What is it that you most dislike?

That as humans, we cannot coexist without greed and war, and that we have fucked up our planet.

What is your greatest regret?

Arguing with and not seeing my brother two days before he passed.

How would you like to die?

Older and peacefully (not screaming).

What is your motto?

Rise above it.