Rollins has many tattoos covering his body, including an assortment on his arms, the Black Flag logo on the back of his neck, and a large sun on his back accompanied with the words "Search and Destroy." He is insightful, often brutally outspoken. Heavens not a place that you go when you die it’s that moment in life when you actually feel alive. In 1980, Henry Rollins was a teenager living in Arlington, Virginia, USA, just over the river from Washington, DC. Henry spent the next six years riding in vans, sleeping in the back of trucks, getting beaten and mauled on stage, and fronting the baddest, most primal rock and roll band in the history of the world.
He worked as the shift manager for a Haagen-Dazs ice cream shop near Georgetown University, and was a huge fan of a Southern California punk rock band called Black Flag.
One day, Henry and his friend Ian MacKaye (who later formed Fugazi) drove to New York City to see Black Flag play at the Peppermint Lounge.
They played later at a small club down the street, and Henry jumped on stage and took the mike for a song. His autobiography, Get In The Van, is available in print and as a self-narrated compact disc.