Many people incorrectly have assumed that the scars on John Frusciante’s arms are burns he sustained in a house fire in 1996. While these scars resemble burns, it is actually a build up of scar tissue from shooting up drugs with needles. Frusciante said,
“It is more from coke than from heroin…coke you’re shooting every five minutes. That is what did it to me”
Frusciante who had a long battle with drugs after leaving the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1992, wore long sleeves for a long time to cover up the scars but eventually went back to wearing T-shirts or no shirt at all on stage.
His addiction also caused serious gum and jaw infections which led to him having all of his teeth removed and replaced with dental implants, along with reconstructive surgery to his jawline.
Here’s some photos of a young John Frusciante before the cocaine scars…