David Labrava

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David Labrava
David Labrava SDCC 2014.jpg
Labrava at the 2014 Comic-Con International
Born David M. Labrava
(1962-10-19) October 19, 1962 (age 52)
Miami, Florida, US[1]
Residence Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Occupation Actor, glassblower, writer, tattoo artist, member of the Hells Angels
Known for Happy on Sons of Anarchy
Religion Buddhist[2]

David M. Labrava (born October 19, 1962)[3] is an actor, writer, tattoo artist, member of the Hells Angels[4][5] and motorcycle enthusiast best known for playing Happy in the FX series Sons of Anarchy.

Early life[edit]

Labrava was born in Miami, Florida but was raised in Europe.[1] He grew up riding dirt bikes and got his first Harley Davidson when he was 17 years old.[1][4]


Labrava at the Sons of Anarchy FX premiere in September 2014

Labrava was hired to be the Technical Advisor for Sons of Anarchy and then was cast as Happy; he was with the show since its inception in 2008 to it's finale in 2014.[6] He also co-wrote Season 4/Episode 10, titled "Hands".[1]

Labrava writes a column in the national hot rod magazine, 'Ol Skool Rodz, called "Burnin' Rubber with Jimmy Carbone". He is credited as Dave "D.L." Labrava.[7] Before that he used to write for the Horse Motorcycle magazine and built a bike that made the cover in March 2001.[8]

He also owns a tattoo shop called "Evil Ink" located in Oakland, California, a film company called "Artful Dodger Filmworks", and his own clothing line called "DOGKULCHA" which benefits animal rescue.[6]

Personal life[edit]

As of 2013, Labrava resides in Oakland, California. He practices Buddhism.[2]


Labrava was arrested in August 2008, in Missoula County, Montana, on two counts of felony drug possession and two misdemeanor charges. Missoula County Sheriff's Deputies originally went to Labrava's hotel room after a man approached them at a nearby gas station and said a female friend was being held against her will. The deputies removed the alleged victim and took Labrava into custody. The city police took over the case, as the alleged assault was in their jurisdiction. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the room, where they found cocaine wrapped in a dollar bill, a baggie containing 1.5 grams of hashish, a misdemeanor amount of marijuana, and a narcotics pipe. Labrava was in town for the Hells Angels' annual USA Run.[5]



  1. ^ a b c d Radish, Christina. "David Labrava SONS OF ANARCHY Interview". Collider. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Labrava, David (15 November 2013). "THE WAY OF THE BUDDHA IS UNATTAINABLE I VOW TO ATTAIN IT.". Twitter. 
  3. ^ Labrava, David (19 October 2013). "YOU PEOPLE ROCK!!! THANK YOU FOR ALL THE BIRTHDAY WISHES!!!!!!". Twitter. Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Marnell, Blair (10 November 2011). "David Labrava on ‘Sons of Anarchy’". Crave Online. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "David M. LaBrava is charged with two counts of felony drug possession and two misdemeanor charges for possession of the marijuana and the pipe.". Zimbio. 3 August 2008. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Sons of Ararchy | Happy". FX Networks. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Horn - Crew". Ol' Skool Rodz. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Cover". Horse Motorcycle (13). March 2001. 

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