James Hetfield Of Metallica

Metallica’s James Hetfield Pays Tribute To Motörhead’s Lemmy With New Tattoo Featuring Ashes Of The Hard Rock Icon


Metallica vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield has commented on his latest tattoo: an iron cross featuring an ace of spades in the middle. He had it inked on his right middle finger as a tribute to Motörhead, but more directly, the group’s late vocalist/bassist Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister.

Lemmy and his band were pivotal to the aforementioned thrash metal legends, serving as a lifelong inspiration. Having long flown the flag for the influential British hard rockers, Metallica would go on to pay tribute to Kilmister with the track “Murder One” in 2016.

Upon his 2015 passing, Kilmister‘s ashes were divided up into custom ‘Lemmy‘-engraved bullets, which were given to the people most special to him. As a war buff who frequently adorned a bullet belt onstage, the move was a fitting posthumous gesture from the hard rock icon.

Over the year’s several of those recipients have come forward, including Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Riki Rachtman of ‘Headbanger’s Ball‘ fame, Michael Monroe (Hanoi Rocks), Doro Pesch and Whitfield Crane of Ugly Kid Joe. You can add James Hetfield to that list, with Hetfield actually having infused some of Lemmy‘s ashes into the ink used for his aforementioned new tattoo.

Hetfield commented on social media overnight:

“With the steady hand of friend and tattoo artist @coreymillertattoo, this tattoo. A salute to my friend and inspiration Mr. Lemmy Kilmister. Without him, there would be NO Metallica.

Black ink mixed with a pinch of his cremation ashes that were so graciously given to me.

So now, he is still able to fly the bird at the world.”

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