His subjects are certainly characters in their own right. Tim, the pink haired lad in the previous photograph, figures frequently in the most powerful of the Good Rats images. "One of the kids, Tim, he's an interesting character. He's this 6' 7'' nihilistic - mentalist, and he's quite creative as well." says O'Brien, "I'd like to start writing with him. There's a lot of the antidotes and really interesting stories that have gone along in the past years, I'd like to stitch them together and creative a narrative that I could maybe create a film about."
Another kid is Xavier. "He was a homeless kid we met in Berlin. That's his pet rat. They keep rats because they're good pets. You keep a rat with you in a cage by your side for a few months then you eventually work it into your pocket. You feed it from there and eventually the rat will just cling to you because it knows it will get fed." The relationship of punk and rat provides for one of the most powerful images in the show.