It all started with Philip John Clapp, Jr’s pitch to magazines for a video series of testing self-defense equipment on himself. Clapp’s insane idea was picked up by Jerry Tremaine’s skateboarding magazine Big Brother, and thus the makings of the Johnny Knoxville legacy were born. Clapp, using the stage name Johnny Knoxville, started with Big Brother’s “Number Two” video and eventually fleshed found himself a star of the Jackass series in 2000.
Over the course of his career, Knoxville suffered a slew of injuries, but it was always hard to gauge just how many and how severe they were. To clear things up, the Jackass star sat down for a Vanity Fair piece to detail many of the more serious injuries he’s ever suffered, starting with his early days of being pepper sprayed and tasered.