Today (4th March, 2020) marks one year since well-loved Prodigy front man, Keith Flint passed away. He was only 49 years old.
It’s true to say Keith Flint had unique style and flair. From his voice, to his dancing, to his clothes, to his hair, to even his stare, nobody like him had come before. He was inspirational to fans across the world. Mark Dominey (also known as Dom), is one of those fans. And he did something rather remarkable to commemorate Keith’s impact on his life. He shaved off his signature green double Mohawk to raise almost £1,000 for charities, including Solent Mind.
We caught up with him to find out more.
Dom has been a fan of Keith Flint and the Prodigy from the very beginning.
I’ve been a fan since the early 90s. He was new and different, and just his stage presence… he really owned that stage and knew how to get the crowd involved.
And it didn’t take long for Dom to take on Keith’s individual flair himself. Complete with his famous green ‘horns’. How long has Dom been dressing this way?
“Over twenty years! It became my thing, too! And people know me for my hair now, it would be a big deal for me to lose it…”
On that note, we get to the reason Dom shaved his head. Unsurprisingly, the news that came last year shocked us all, and not many took it harder than fans like Dom. Flint’s ‘joie de vivre’, exuberance and stage presence made it hard for the news to seem real, or to sink in.
“The last time I saw him was in Portsmouth. That would have been one of the last times he played in the UK so a really special night for me. It was without a doubt one of the best nights of my life, and all the more poignant considering what happened not long afterwards.”
A few months later, the Hill Park Memorial Working Men’s Club approached Dom. They asked if he’d consider shaving his hair for their nominated charities: Family Autistic Spectrum Support and The Highlands Hub.
“At first, I told them absolutely no chance! I’ve had this hairstyle 20 years! But then, people started pointing out how much money it would raise and it got me thinking. I decided that, if I could split the money between three charities, rather than two, I’d go for it so long as one was one of Keith’s charities. And Solent Mind was his charity of choice. I chose Solent Mind because I wanted the money to be used locally.”
I’m really chuffed to have been able to do this in his memory. We all think that someone like him has it all, but you just don’t know what’s going on in someone’s mind, and I just encourage people to talk to each other more.
A fantastic effort, and a huge thank you from all of us at Solent Mind.