Why'd your foot get amputated?
I was born with a tumor on my spine that caused me to have a clubbed foot. When the doctors corrected my foot, they fused my ankle ... it didn't heal up. I got osteomyelitis, an infection of the bones. They cut it off because it was deteriorating at the bone. They cut 8 inches above the knee because I told them to cut in the best place for a prosthesis. I had decided to do it the week after Wakarusa. I decided I had to go to Wakarusa first.
What did you mean when you told the Lawrence Journal-World it was a "collage of myself"?
I was really high when I said that, and that was my bad. But I just thought it was funny. What I'd wanted to do was turn it into [a statement of] Man, no matter what happens with your life, have fun. Smile with it. People looked at me like I was some sick guy after that story, and really, if they knew me, they would've looked at it in a more beautiful way.
Did you wake and bake today?
No. But I'm one of the biggest advocators of smoking marijuana. I think that pot should be legal ... I mean, I like drugs. Basically I drink, and it doesn't inhibit me, but I do smoke pot, and I enjoy hallucinogens.
What happened after you made headlines?
The guy's porch that it was on, his neighborhood got blown up by news cameras. The landlord thought that we were having a party and giving people pieces of it. I wasn't living there. I was just homeless ... and I almost got my friend evicted, so I quit staying there. Man, it caused so much drama. Man, that's not what I was going for. I made world news off of that. I got nothing out of being exploited by all these people.
And then you just disappeared. Where'd you go?
It's too cold to be in Lawrence in the winter. I spent two months trying to go to health clinics and get a [prosthetic] leg and being homeless. I was homeless by choice. I love couch surfing and moving around and stuff, but once you're down and something like this happens to you, it's hard to get back on your own two feet again.
Right now I'm really trying to work hard on hip-hop.... I've got some ideas for films I want to work on, and I want to change the world. All my life, people have been telling me, "You're going to change the world," so I decided to believe that, and I want to do it. I'm dedicating my life to meeting people and social interaction. I'm a direct result of meeting the people I come into contact with on a daily basis. I think if I meet as many people as I can, I will become the best person I can be. That's called strength in numbers.
Any advice, Zeke?
Man, I haven't complained about being without a leg since I lost it, because it wouldn't get me anywhere to dwell on it. I've lived one of the most amazing lives ever, and the only exceptional thing about my life is that it's mine. I've made it my goal to make the world smile.