He has his own record label, book publishing, and clothing design company called Skeleton Crew.
He went to Rutgers University, but dropped out.
He was the lead singer for the band Pencey Prep. They disbanded in 2002. He was front-man to a band called Leathermouth for a while as a side project to My Chemical Romance. My Chemical Romance Broke up On announced its break-up on March 22, 2013, one month after the final release in the Conventional Weapons series.
He suffered many illnesses as a child including Epstein-Barr virus, bronchitis, and ear infections.
His musical gift comes from both his father and grandfather, who were both musicians.