He was interviewed by Vice to recall his story:
“As soon as I heard it, me and my mate went down there. Five minutes in, the fire alarm starting going off and everyone was like, “Rip it off! Rip it off!” So I thought I’d give it a go. I was completely sober at the time. I jumped up, grabbed it and my little finger got caught in the case because it was all broken, and as I came to rip it back down, my little finger got ripped off completely.”
Peer pressure, folks. Let’s all think before we decide to rip off our pinky. He continues:
I looked at my hand and my little finger was gone – the bone was sticking out. It’s the weirdest feeling; one second you’re fine and your little finger is there, and the next second it’s gone. It shoves reality up your backside. I was in so much pain and shock that the first thing that hit my head was the beat and the bass. The bass was hard, so I just ripped off my top, wrapped it around my finger and tied it up as tight as I could and skanked it out for half an hour. My mentality was, ‘I’ve only been here for an hour, I’ve paid £10 for this night, I’ve lost my little finger – am I seriously going to go? Nah, I’m going to skank until I can’t skank any more.’ After that, my mate dragged me down to the paramedics.
I believe there is a hall of fame for people like Josh who continue to party on while ignoring the obvious need for medical attention. It brings back memories of the guy from TomorrowWorld who climbed the scaffolding and gave everyone an anxiety attack. Curious to hear where the pinky is now?
It pinged off into the crowd. I got told later that a bunch of stoners found my little finger and were playing catch with it.