Mika Karppinen

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Gas Lipstick
Gas Lipstick - Ilosaarirock 2007.jpg
Karppinen performing in 2007
Background information
Birth name Mika Kristian Karppinen
Also known as Pus Syspope
Born (1971-02-08) 8 February 1971 (age 44)
Origin Eskilstuna, Sweden
Genres Rock (see HIM's genre), Deathgrind (with To Separate The Flesh From The Bones), Hardcore (with Valvontakomissio and Ääritila), Metal (with Bendover)
Occupation(s) Drummer, Guitarist, Composer
Instruments Drums, vocals, guitar
Years active 1983-present
Associated acts HIM
To Separate the Flesh from the Bones Ääritila, Bendover, Valvontakomissio
Website Official website

Mika Kristian Karppinen, better known as Gas Lipstick (born 8 February 1971), is a Swedish-Finnish musician, best known as the previous drummer of the Finnish rock group HIM. Karppinen is also drummer to other bands, but they are on hiatus, such as Finnish deathgrind group To Separate the Flesh from the Bones, Finnish heavy metal group Bendover, Finnish punk group Valvotakomissio and International Finnish / Swedish punk group Ääritila.

Rare known fact is that Gas was session drummer for one tour of Finnish band named Tarot (known as project band of Marco Hietala - Nightwish). Gas's first more known band before he joined HIM was Kyyria, including two band members Santeri Kallio and Niclas Etelävuori from well known Finnish band Amorphis and singer Ville Tuomi of Suburban Tribe. He sang and played guitar in a Thrash Metal band called Dementia, including guitarist Roope Latvala of Children Of Bodom.

He also was a drum tech for Stratovarius at one point and was on the Stratovarius DVD for a couple of parts.

In March 2011 game company SongHi released internet music game with Gas's drum loops.[1]

Karppinen married his girlfriend Natali in Temppeliaukio church, Helsinki, on 30 August 2008. Mika became a father when his daughter was born on 16 January 2009.[2]

On 27 January 2015, Karppinen announced his departure from HIM, feeling that he needed to move on as a musician.

Drum set[edit]

Gas is an endorser of Ludwig drums, Paiste cymbals, Aquarian drum heads and Vic Firth drum sticks. Furthermore, he is an open handed drummer, meaning he plays the hi-hat with his left hand and the snare with his right, opposite to many rock drummers.


LUDWIG Legacy Classic (color: Vintage Black Oyster Pearl)


  • 14" x 22" Bass Drum
  • 6.5" x 14" Black Beauty Snare
  • 10"x13" Rack Tom
  • 16"x16" Floor Tom
  • 16"x18" Floor Tom


  • 1 x Hi-Hat stand PRO LAP16HH
  • 1 x Snare stand PRO LAP22SS
  • 3 x Boom Cymbal Stand LAP37BCS
  • 1 x Straight Cymbal Stand LAP27CS
  • 1 x Drum Throne SADDLE LAP50TH
  • 1 x Bass Drum Pedal LAP15FP
  • 1 x Tom Holder Stand


  • 1 x 15" Formula 602 Classic Sounds Medium Hi-Hat
  • 1 x 18" Twenty Custom Collection Full Crash
  • 1 x 20" Twenty Custom Collection Full Crash
  • 1 x 20" Twenty Custom Collection Metal Crash
  • 1 x 22" Masters Crisp Ride[3]


13" Rack Tom

     Top       Response 2 Coated
     Bottom  Texture Coated

16" Floor Tom

     Top       Response 2 Coated
     Bottom  Texture Coated

18" Floor Tom

     Top       Response 2 Coated
     Bottom  Texture Coated

14" Snare

     Top       Hi-Energy
     Bottom  Hi-Performance

22" Kick

     Batter    Force I White
     Front     Force II Black


American Classic Metal

Former bands[edit]

Gas Lipstick in 2007.
  • Valvontakomissio (1984–) Vocals, Composition, Lyrics, Drums
  • Dischange (1991) Drums
  • Kyyria (1992–1998) Lyrics, Composition, Drums
  • Dementia (1986–1996) Vocals, Lyrics, Composition, Guitar
  • HIM (1999–2015) Drums


  1. ^ YouTube. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Katri Utula. "HIM:n Kaasu naimisiin - Ville Valo ensi kertaa häissä!". Ilta-Sanomat. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Velvet Creative Office GmbH, Theo Lustenberger (8 February 2007). "Paiste: Artists-> Gas Lipstick (Setup)". Retrieved 19 March 2015. 

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