"I feel like I'm stuck in a perpetual adolescent state," Grandmaison says. "This was also the point when my mom made me stop watching wrestling – I was getting in a lot of fights, even when I was in first and second grade – and I remember her just being like, ' You're not allowed to watch this shit anymore.' I remember finding Snoop Dogg and Dr.Dre, and it just appealed to me so much." His mother had to worry about him a lot.And to make sure he wouldn't be tempted, he got tattoos."A big part of me was like, ' You know what, you can just go get a job and do all the normal stuff,'" he recalls thinking.After barely graduating high school, he went to community college before attending the University of Massachusetts Lowell, dropping out to focus on credit-card fraud."I learned that from a kid from the Czech Republic," he recalls.
Dressed in a black T-shirt, jeans and sneakers, Grandmaison is feeling the aftereffects of the evening's shenanigans. "At one point, I had my door closed in my room and they were smoking cigarettes out the window," he says, almost wistfully.In his teens, he'd get arrested for fighting and graffiti.Grandmaison always possessed an aptitude for creative expression – he drew and wrote – but it quickly dovetailed with a comparable talent for scamming."We went to some mall, and he bought me fucking fettuccine Alfredo on somebody else's credit card.I was like, ' All right, fuck school.' I just went crazy after that."Along the way, he assumed that the trappings of a conventional life – regular job, even an apartment – weren't for him.