Back in March, it was revealed that Lemmy Kilmister, late frontman for speed metal forefathers Motörhead, had his ashes put into bullets which were distributed among his friends. Now, two longtime members of the band’s crew have immortalized Lemmy in their own flesh by breaking open their bullets and having his ashes mixed with the ink of their new tattoos.
According to a video uploaded to Motörhead’s Instagram account, longtime production managers Eddie and Emma decided to take Lemmy’s immortal gift of his earthly remains one step further. Both of them had the singer’s ashes poured into the ink of their news Motörhead tattoos. While Eddie went with a portrait of the Man Himself on his ankle, complete with his signature, Emma got an ornate spade. It’s a touching tribute to the dude on the sixth anniversary of his death.
Check out the video below:
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Emma and Eddie are among good company in their receipt of Lemmy’s ash-bullets. Also among the chosen few is Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, who recently admitted he owned one of the bullets as well.
“When Lemmy passed away, I had this beautiful opportunity to speak at his memorial,” recalled Halford. “We had a great get-together; all of us musicians from all over the world, we met in Hollywood and we talked about Lemmy and his great life and the things that he’s left us. And then, not too far back, I get something in the mail from the Lemmy people; Lemmy’s office, his manager and everybody still work tirelessly to keep his name with us, as he always will be. They sent me — it’s a bullet [laughs], it’s a bullet with some of Lemmy’s ashes inside of it.”
“This is nuts,” continued Halford. “This is the kind of thing that Lemmy would have loved to have done. However you choose to interpret what I’ve just said, that’s entirely up to you. But to be thought of, to be brought into this small circle of friends where you actually own a little bit of Lemmy’s ashes and you wear it around your neck on a pendant and he’s close to your heart in the truest sense in terms of his mortal remains, that’s just mind-blowingly powerful.
To use an object like that to carry his remains is just so Lemmy — it’s provocative, it makes you think, it makes you talk. But as far as having a beautiful part of Lemmy physically with me right now in my house, that’s just magical.”
Words by Chris Krovatin