James Hetfield Gets Tattoo Using Ink Mixed with Lemmy’s Ashes

James Hetfield Gets Tattoo Using Ink Mixed with Lemmy’s Ashes | I Love Classic Rock Videos

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Metallica’s James Hetfield has found an extraordinary way to keep the spirit of Lemmy Kilmister close. He got a tattoo with ink that has a bit of Lemmy’s ashes in it. Yes, you read that right. The late Motörhead leader isn’t just a memory for Hetfield; he’s now part of him, quite literally.

Hetfield’s Tattoo Dedication to Lemmy

The tattoo is an iron cross topped with a spade, located on Hetfield’s right middle finger. It’s more than just a tattoo; it’s a salute to Lemmy, who was not only Hetfield’s friend but also a huge inspiration. Hetfield shared a photo on Metallica’s Instagram, capturing himself in a candid moment with the new tattoo on display. He described the moment with respect and a hint of his characteristic edge, stating, “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.”

Hetfield adds a touching detail about the making of the tattoo: “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.” This statement captures the essence of Lemmy’s defiant spirit and how Hetfield has chosen to keep it alive.


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Lemmy’s Enduring Influence on Hetfield and Rock Music

Lemmy’s connection with the symbols on Hetfield’s tattoo is deep. He often wore an iron cross necklace, and his band’s most famous song is called “Ace of Spades.” These symbols represent not just Lemmy’s musical legacy but also his unique personality and the mark he left on rock music.

Lemmy passed away in December 2015, at the age of 70. After his passing, it was revealed that some of his ashes were placed in bullets and sent to close friends, showing the rock icon’s lasting impact on those he knew. It was also announced that a portion of his ashes would be placed at the Rainbow Bar & Grill in West Hollywood, a favorite spot of Lemmy’s, ensuring his presence would always be felt there.

The story of Hetfield’s tattoo comes as Metallica prepares to continue their “M72 World Tour.” They’re heading to Europe shortly, with plans to return to North America for shows starting in August. Fans are excited to see Hetfield’s guitar skills, especially with his meaningful new tattoo, during these performances.