Hiya Ricki, hope you’re well mate.
I reckon it must have been about 5 years ago that I interviewed you for my first ever blog post. That post was absolutely massive, thousands of people read it. Since then we’ve come across each other a few times and kept in touch. I actually love it when I get a text from you and I always drop you a text when I think of you randomly. You’ve done so well in everything that you’ve turned your hand to up to now so I’m excited to see what the future holds for you.
So, last time you did an interview with me I’d never spoken to you in person and didn’t know a lot about you. I basically knew you were the most talked about bearded model in the UK and if not the world. I learnt how you became a model from just being in the right place at the right time and you were getting yourself all over the place. I kept seeing your beard popping up in loads of fashion campaigns and commercial ads.
As I’ve learnt more about you, through getting to know you, and people have learnt more about you through reading my previous interview, I thought it would be cool for us to cover some stuff that people won’t necessarily know about you just from following you on social media. Which leads to my first question…
Pete – What happened to your Twitter? This was were I first got in contact with you and I noticed ages ago you got rid of it?
Ricki- Oh yeah, my Twitter! I just basically had enough of social media and the rubbish that tags along with it, I got rid of my Facebook too!! It’s quite refreshing just solely having Instagram for my social media output. People know where to get me and see what I’m up too on that, personally there is no need for me to be posting on all different platforms. There have been times where I wonder if I would be happier or less stressed without any kind of technology at all ?
P – I sometimes think about what it would be like to not have social media, I find myself aimlessly scrolling through my Instagram feed to pass some time. I owe a lot to social media though so I know I’d miss it. If I wasn’t for Twitter, I guess it would have been harder for me to contact you or even have heard of you!
P – When I first spoke to you, you were known as Ricki ‘Fuckin’ Hall, it’s now Ricki Sam Hall what made you change that?
R – Haha yeah man, that name was pretty bad ass. I’m 30 years old dude, that kind of name was suitable for my early twenties, I kind of outgrew it, was time to move on from that. Plus, it wasn’t suitable for certain brands who I worked for and also I couldn’t show my daughter my feed as she loves to see the comments when we post a pic together. A mini me!!
P – I feel, for me, social media is a massive tool, it’s great for connecting with people round the world and letting them follow your Journey, has it created many opportunities for you?
R – For sure. I get 50% of my jobs through Instagram. It’s a brilliant tool in that respect. It has its pro’s and cons of course, but it really does help.
P – Yea, speaking of cons unfortunately it gives some bell ends, behind a screen, a voice. I get my fair share of shit from keyboard warriors and I can only imagine the stuff you must put up with having such a massive amount of followers? How do you deal with it?
R – You know what, it fluctuates. I get months go by without any real negativeness but then all of a sudden I will get a wave of compete morons commenting all sorts of silliness. In fact, over the last year I’ve lost over 20k followers. I can only put it down to I’m a boring bastard now, and people don’t like my pictures of cats…or when I shaved my beard off haha.
P – Do peoples opinions get to you? Do they effect decisions you make or are you thick skinned and just brush shitty comments off?
R – Im not bothered by someone being strongly opinionated. It’s their opinion, everyone is allowed to have one, but you don’t have to agree with it.
P – True mate, good point!
P – Let’s talk about your image. One massive change in your look over the past few years is your hair. I think it’s cool that you’ve dedicated yourself to growing it so long. Why did you decide to grow it so long and where did your inspiration come from?
R – Thanks man. It’s taken me a few years to get it to this length. I decided to grow it the day I shot for Esquire magazine for the ‘Most influential Hair and beard in Uk’ Kevin Luchman cut it that day and I started growing it immediately after. It was April 3rd, 2014. I remember it correctly as I was travelling back from Philadelphia with alcohol poisoning. Grim.
P – I remember receiving a random text from you saying you fancied a skinhead. Now I know you really want to look like me but are you glad you didn’t go through with it? Haha.
R – Dude, I would love a skinhead….especially when I’m having a bad hair day.
I’ll have one soon, sure!!
P – Also your beards gone really short, or even gone completely in some of your pics. What made you shave off the thing that helped build your profile so big?
R – I shaved it off last year for the Charity ‘Mesothelioma UK’ after my late father passed away from the awful cancer 2 Octobers ago. I knew I needed to help this charity and the only way I could do so is do something pretty extreme. Hence shaving the beard! Since then, I’ve been playing around with all sorts of styles. My personal favourite is the Mutton Chops. I’m gonna be rocking that again soon when my beard grows back out. Killer look.
P – What reaction did you get from people when you shaved it off?
R – Haha. I got mixed reviews. I got some horrible messages to my inbox. People suck. ?? The general reaction was cool man. It’s always good to refresh yourself.
P – I totally agree. Another way you seem to refresh your look is with your body art. Your tattoo collection is constantly growing and whenever I see a new pic of you I get jealous. I’d love to be as covered as you are but simply don’t have the time right now. Have you got any plans for any new pieces??
R – Mate, I’m pretty much all done now. I’ve got some space on my thighs and that’s it. I am however getting some tattoo removal to put better tattoos on top as they are pretty shit and old, and needed a bit of life put back into them. I go to @ResetRoom for the lazer and @ThaigerTattoo_bromley. Ya and Martine are the best. We have become close friends with them and are due a holiday to Ya’s home in Thailand next year. Stoked.
P -Its great that you have that relationship with your tattooist. It takes a lot to change things about yourself. As I’m thinking about it more, you’ve totally changed a lot of things about yourself….
P – One time me and you met up we ended up having a pretty heavy night in Liverpool, you reminded me of somebody you’d probably see in an 80’s hair metal band. You could drink like a fish and had a bit of a Rock’n’Roll lifestyle but you’ve calmed down a lot. I’m just wondering what sparked you to turn full circle and totally change?
R – I used to be an absolute nightmare. I’ve cleaned myself up, I’ve battled with Drink for over 10 years, I booked into a rehab and cleaned up. My life became unimaginable. I put my darling missus through Hell. She has been a rock and will forever be in her debt for how amazing she has been through this time.
The thing with drink is that although it was a laugh and a joke all the time it got pretty dark man. There were things I did that was downright psychotic. I speak openly about being an alcoholic, and help people where I can. I go to meetings and have a sponsor. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done. My life is amazing now the drink has gone.
P – I’m made up for the positive change thats it had on you mate. You’re putting a lot of hours in with your personal trainer. Can we expect a Ricki Hall Fitness DVD out around Christmas 2017??
R – Haha I don’t think anyone would buy it. But if enough people would want it, hell yeah, I would release one. Proper 80’s fashion with it too. Ridiculous hair, glam rock and short shorts. The works.
P – I’ve seen the collaboration you’ve done with Captain Fawcett. It’s so well put together. The branding and the quality of the products. It’s a really nice product line. The Booze and Baccy aftershave is like nothing I’ve smelt before. Tell me a bit more about the collaboration?
R – I’m super proud of this collaboration. Both Captain Fawcett and myself have worked super hard on this and it paid off. I created the smell of the whole range myself. They basically locked me and the perfumer away for the day in a room with all the essential oils you can imagine and told to come up with a scent. It worked.
My Booze & Baccy eau de parfum is an intense old school smell. It has top notes of bay rum and bergamot sitting atop of tobacco leaves and frankincense then settles down to thyme and coriander. It’s quite an extraordinary scent. I’m over the moon with it. Basically it smells like your Dad down the boozer, 8 pints in and polished off a packet of bensons 😉 Haha
P – I guess you must get asked to collaborate with loads of brands. Would you ever consider creating your own clothing/grooming brand and using your profile to promote it?
R – Obviously I’ve thought about it. And I’ve got a few collabs out with different brands. I’ve actually got something very exciting coming out very soon. I’m currently on a course doing said project so you’ll have to wait and see what I’ve got me greasy little mitts onto this time 😉
P – Exciting stuff. Ill have to keep an eye out for it.
P – When it comes to your work, I know this is something you will have defo been asked before but what was it like doing the H&M Commercial with David Beckham?
R – Gorgeous face and teeth! I was so star struck, I never get that, but with David it was different. I grew up following his style and antics on and off the pitch. He was my idol. They always say never meet your idols, but I’m glad I did
P – Amazing! So, you’ve gone from Ricki Fuckin Hall, the bearded model (and absolutely smashed it), to Ricki Sam Hall, the long haired, ever-changing beard model. The in-between and the transformation have been really impressive. To me, now, you appear to be more of a public figure. You appear more professional and have a great positive out-look on the future. What more can we expect from you over the coming months/year?
R – As I previously said I’ve got a big project/business venture coming out soon. So a lot of time and effort is going into that. I’ll be quite quiet on my socials for the next few months I reckon. I like to keep my head down and work away and then come back with a bang.
P – I notice you’ve been mentioning Hat Rats lately on your social media. I love a good hat so I’ll have to check this out properly. Tell me what it is and why you’re promoting it?
R – Hat Rats is INCREDIBLE. The missus, Vix, has started her own hat business! She’s always been known for her love of hats, plus she’s an awesome stylist so she can style the shit out of it. She has some amazing clients who she works closely with on television and stage so it’s really getting out there. Pop down Pete, she would love to make one for you. Swing by the Instagram @HatRats. She has just started to distress a load at the moment with fire so we smell of bbqs and burnt hats a lot at the moment. The cat hates it.
P – I will be definitely taking you up on that offer, mate. The website (here) is sick too.
P – I know you love your footy and are a massive wolves fan. Who’s your favourite player at the moment?
R – I actually just came from set yesterday at Leyton Orient football ground after shooting for a football magazine Called ‘Pickles’. It was rad. A close friend was doing hair on it called Mr Natty, you’re sure to know him. Such a character and a great laugh. So obviously I was pretending to be a pro footballer for the day. So I would say my favourite player is Myself ????, nah seriously, Paul Gascoigne. Always.
P – Lastly mate, I’d just like to give you the opportunity to say something. Anything you want. Whether it be some advice for me or some advice for your fans or a small quote. Whatever you’d like to say, just say it!!
R – If in doubt, ask ‘WHAT WOULD DEL BOY DO’ I live by these words. #OnlyFoolsandHorses. Don’t worry what people think, just own every single thing you do! There are lots of haters and people who want to bring you down for being a success. Surely that’s a good thing man!! When you have haters you’re doing something right!!
P – Boss! Thanks So much for doing the interview mate. As always it was a pleasure to chat with you. I look forward to seeing you again soon.
R – Love! X