Hi, I’m Kate. (@k8thecanadian)
I started this website to have all MGK/Dub-O/EST related things in one place! 12s will eventually help me keep everything up to date! Special thanks to Chad for all his help so far.
I want to share with you my MGK story, it’s a bit different from most… My goal has always been to spread this movement with every opportunity I can and doing my bEST turning the haters into the BELIEVERS. Recruiting more and more EST soldiers every chance I get.
I want people to understand what MGK/EST and the LACE UP MOVEMENT is all about from my point of view.
It’s an extremely hard thing to put into words because it’s unexplainable but I’m going to try.
I’ll be the first one to say, MGK has not saved my life, nor has he helped me get off drugs, like he’s done for thousands of others.
What I will say is that I’m a 30ish year old, Canadian, married, mother definitely not the typical teenager/young adult, with a bunch of problems.
I have a good job and I have a great life.
I’ve also seen 37 MGK shows and 5 Dubo shows since July 2011.
My husband and I don’t do date night, we do RAGE night…:)
I help run an MGK fan FB group (EST THATS MY TEAM HOE (<click)…..join us) and my 36 year old husband has a $1200 portrait tattoo of MGK’s face on his leg done by one of the bEST tattoo artists in Canada. (John Wayne From Beesting Tattoo) (Done in Aug 2011)
We listen to MGK everyday as a family, including our 9 year old daughter Liv, who loves MGK and his manager Ashleigh.
I spread this movement like it’s my second full-time job, that’s how much I believe in it.
Every song he sings, every time he performs… you feel it in your heart. It’s a feeling like no other, truly indescribable.
I’ve seen so many concerts in my 30ish years from Eminem, Tool, Dre, Korn, Bob Seger, Madonna, Rage Against The Machine to Alan Jackson.
But nothing I’ve ever seen was like the $20 MGK show I attended in July/2011 for the 1st time in Toledo Ohio. We’d never seen an artist put so much into a show in our lives. There weren’t many people there, definitely a small show and yet this 20-year-old kid was going so hard I was in shock. You would have thought he was playing for a stadium full of people; I couldn’t put my camera down.
We left that show and on our way home, all we could think was… “Was that real life? Had we been paying hundreds of dollars to see these big names who only give half of what this kid was giving us for $20?”
Besides his live performances his songs touch us, they are powerful… they hit you in heart.
He lives for his fans. He knows the hardcore fans by name, he calls them, he writes to us in our group and he goes above and beyond for us. It’s actually unbelievable.
Though we are 10 and 12 years older than him, he’s become our friend just from going to shows and spending time with him.
His love for his hardcore fans is one of the bEST things I’ve ever been a part of.
The amount of people he’s helped kick their drug habit is crazy…I personally know hundreds.
I also know hundreds of people with MGK/EST and LACE UP tattoo’s. People who believe so much in MGK’s message that they have it tattooed on them.
How many other artists do you know who have that? (I’ll wait…)
We believe so much in this American kid from Cleveland that his face is tattooed on my husbands leg, which will be next to the greats like 2-pac, Eminem, Zack de la Rocha and Jim Morrison.
I’ve met some of my greatest friends through this movement and I’m certain I will meet more.
Since we are always traveling to see him, his manager has personally called us to make sure everything is going well during our trips to see the shows.
There’s a connection between him, his team and the fans like no other.
Please don’t believe that the wild boy image MGK has, is everything… that’s not him. Is he wild?…HECK YES! His shows are one of a kind and I think his wild boy side helps with that.
BUT most of his music is nothing at all like “Wild Boy” or his Wild Boy persona.
Don’t get me wrong, Wild Boy is a great song, I LOVE IT! But his other music is DEEP.
You can feel his pain and emotion in every song he sings.
I can’t tell you how many times this kid has brought me to tears.
One time, I will never forget, he came to Canada and he was so happy to be there. He crouched down right in front of me and he said “Kate, I’m so HAPPY.” I was so HAPPY for him. Seeing him happy makes us feel great!
I don’t know how else to explain the movement because it’s unexplainable, but there are hundreds of thousands of us who believe so much in him, this movement and EST. We will NEVER give up on him. NEVER!
Lace Up to us means you can do whatever you want in life. You can’t let anything hold you back from being the bEST you can be. You need to LACE UP and do it!
If that’s not a positive message to send out to todays youth, I don’t know what is.
I am 19, a sophomore at Ohio University majoring in Aviation Flight and my name is Ethan Quastler but you can call me Twellvs, that’s what everyone else calls me haha! I had gotten that nickname in highschool over 2 years ago when my old nickname was E12 and when Machine Gun Kelly’s mixtape “100 Words and Running” had came out and ALL i had ever talked about was MGK and EST and was just trying to help spread his movement and message to everyone I knew so a friend combined “E12” and “Kells” to make Twellvs! Ever since that mixtape dropped and I heard his story, I just never stopped supporting and never will. I was a junior in highschool at that time and never had any drug or depression problems like hundreds of other fans he has saved from those type of things. But I was just a normal teenager with normal problems and normal stress levels but his music was still an escape, from everything. It was also an inspiration to be YOURSELF and follow one’s dreams.
I had always wanted to be a pilot but it’s a very very expensive dream to chase and I didn’t know if it would be worth the debt but MGK and his team were and are living proof that you can achieve anything you want to if you are determined to it. After seeing him go from homeless to a hometown favorite by risking everything he had in order to make it was truly inspirational. From giving up meals in order to get a few hours of studio time in or to putting his daughter, his team, and his fans above himself was unbelievable. I finally decided to chase my dream and give pilot training a chance regardless of the cost, I knew if he could make it as far as he had, starting from nothing, I knew I could at least give my dream a chance regardless of any obstacles. I’m currently about 2 months away from earning my Private Pilot’s License as a sophomore in college after a year of training!!! I plan on earning my Instrument Rating, Commercial Rating, and Certified Instructor rating by graduation and am forever grateful for having a chance to chase this dream.
Being part of this movement is something beautiful to believe in and a great feeling to help spread the positivity to others. I have had “Lace Up” tattooed on my right shoulder for over a year and a LAC3 UP license plate I used on my car but now bring to concerts to rage with!! You will never see or hear another artist as passionate nor as dedicated and loyal nor as REAL as Machine Gun Kelly. He puts his heart and soul into EVERYTHING he does in life and has created a cult fanbase from which I have met some of my best friends and great people I will always be lucky to have in my life. He brought a generation of REAL together who share the same positive values in life.
From having the honor of watching and supporting every step MGK and EST made from the release of 100 Words and Running to where he is now about to release his debut album was an amazing and inspiring experience and it is a never-ending ride, we’re taking this to the top. Machine Gun Kelly, his team, their message, and their music is full of positivity and inspiration deserving of the entire world to see, appreciate, and support. EST FOR LIFE.