Former Motorhead crew members get tattoos with frontman Lemmy’s ashes as friends’ pay tribute six years after rocker’s death
Former members of Motörhead’s road crew have honoured the band’s late frontman with new tattoos that were mixed with his ashes.
Lemmy Kilmister, real name Ian Fraser Kilmister, passed away in December 2015 aged 70, after being diagnosed with cancer.
Following his death his ashes were encased inside bullets and sent out to close friends, which touring crew members used to pay tribute to him.
Tribute: Former members of Motörhead’s road crew have honoured the bands late frontman with new tattoos that were mixed with his ashes
Longtime tour manager Eddie Rocha and production assistant Emma Cederblad acknowledged the star by quite literally including him in their latest tattoos.
The pair got inked up with a portrait of their close friend and the iconic ‘Ace of Spades’ image, respectively to fulfill the rockstar’s final wishes.
In a video shared to Motörhead’s Instagram account, it opens with: ‘Some of Lemmy’s ashes were shared with family and close friends.’
The video goes on to show one of the bullets on a table before the ashes are slipped into pots of ink which would be used to create a portrait of the musician for Eddie’s leg, while Emma opts for the bands iconic space emblem.
Better times: Lemmy Kilmister, real name Ian Fraser Kilmister, passed away in December 2015 aged 70, owing to prostate cancer and heart failure (pictured centre with Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee at the 57th Grammy Awards, 2015)
Never forgotten: Two members of Motörhead’s touring crew have honoured the late frontman, Lemmy, with new tattoos that were mixed with his ashes
Acknowledgement: Lemmy’s ashes have been used to create tattoos for longtime tour manager Eddie Rocha and production assistant Emma Cederblad
Farewell: The pair got inked up with a portrait of Lemmy and the iconic ‘Ace of Spades’ image, respectively to fulfill the rockstars final wishes
Former MTV ‘Headbangers Ball’ host Riki Rachtman was the first to share the golden bullet he received engraved with Lemmy’s name earlier this year.
Taking to Twitter he posted: ‘Before his death #Lemmy asked for his ashes to be put in some bullets & handed out to his closest friends Today I received a bullet & was literally brought to tears Thank you @myMotorhead.’
Meanwhile, Lemmy’s colourful life could be told on the big screen soon as a biopic is in the works.
The film titled ‘Lemmy’ is set to focus on the musicians life before he joined Motörhead and is set to be directed by Greg Olliver, who also created the 2010 documentary of the same name.
In a statement issued last summer, the filmmaker said: ‘Everything you’ve heard about Lemmy is probably true … not because he was embracing rock n’ roll clichés, but because he was creating them.
‘Marlboro Reds and Jack Daniel’s for breakfast, speed for dinner – all true.’
‘But behind that steely-eyed façade of rock ‘n’ roll was also a compelling, complicated and lion-hearted man who stayed the course and never gave up playing the music that made him happy.
He continued: ‘We’ve been carefully developing this biopic since 2013, making sure to stay true to Lemmy, Motörhead band members Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee, and all the other folks that played important roles in Lemmy’s life.
‘This will be a film they’ll be proud of.’
Tour: Lemmy fronted the rock band (Bandmates Phil and Lemmy performing at The Pompano Beach Amphitheater on September 26, 2015 in Pompano Beach Florida)