Celebrity Homes: A Peek Inside Travis Barker’s Surprisingly Tranquil Home
As one of the most influential drummers and rockers of the last 25 years, Travis Barker has become synonymous with modern punk rock drumming. And yet, his family home in Calabasas is a far cry from the wild rockstar lifestyle.
Over his career, Travis has beaten the skins for The Aquabats, Box Car Racer, +44, The Transplants, and of course most famously, Blink-182. To add to his celebrity fame, he also recently married his new wife, Kourtney Kardashian in a lavish wedding. The Kardashians are a fierce crowd. You can read more about Kourtney’s previous home design here.
Far from the glitzy life Travis is accustomed to on the stage, his family home in Calabasas is a surprisingly calm and modern residence. It’s here where Travis retreats for some downtime with his family and friends. It is an understated refuge in Calabasas, which he shares with his three children, Landon and Alabama Barker and Atiana De La Hoya.
Three years ago, in an effort to instil a greater sense of calm and order in the capacious residence he’s owned for 15 years, Travis decided it was time for a refresh. At the suggestion of his mother-in-law, Kris Jenner, the musician reached out to the inimitable Waldo Fernandez who has stood at the crossroads of design and celebrity for five decades. “I loved the simplicity and zen quality of his work. We connected immediately,” Travis says of his initial meeting with the design legend.
He wanted a home where he could think and be at peace with himself. A tranquil design style was exactly what was needed. However, Travis admits that this restrained style is quite a departure from his previous homes. “I’ve had homes with lots of flashy cars, murals, and bikes hanging from the ceiling. But with three children of my own, plus Kourtney’s kids, this place felt right for this moment in my life. I wanted a house where I can rest and enjoy my family, a place where we can create memories,” the musician explains.
As a case in point, he describes typical Sunday idylls at Casa Barker, when the family comes together for a vegan meal, followed by puzzles and board games (Othello is a favourite) or simply hanging out and watching movies.
A world of art and design
While the furnishings suggest a sophisticated, urbane sensibility, the art that adorns the walls dovetails more neatly with the musician’s hard-rocking, tattoo-rific public persona. The collection is heavy on pieces by Raymond Pettibon, an artist who, like Barker himself, has deep roots in Southern California’s punk-rock scene.
The Pettibons on display range from the artist’s early underground flyers for Black Flag and other seminal punk-rock acts to the signature image-and-text paintings coveted by aficionados of contemporary art. An Andy Warhol diamond-dust Dracula, installed above a 19th-century Chinese console, has pride of place in the home’s entry foyer. “I saw it in a gallery when I was just 19 or 20 years old, touring in New York City. The diamond dust reminded me of the grip tape on a skateboard deck. I had to have it,” Barker recalls.
Like skateboarding and BMX racing, design has long been part of the musician’s DNA. Travis is the co-owner of the DTA (Don’t Trust Anyone) clothing brand. More so, he also recently launched a collection of skull-themed homewares and accessories. Here you will find everything from drum keys to table lamps and candleholders—in collaboration with the London-based company Buster + Punch. This brand also outfitted the drummer’s expansive new recording studio. “I like finding different ways to express myself, especially projects that cross the lines between music, fashion, art, and design,” he says of his creative predilections.
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