They are both rather colourful characters so I guess it could be viewed as a perfectly natural collaboration. But it came as quite a surprise to me to hear of the latest artistic collaboration of Damien Hirst. Hirst, perhaps best known for his half a shark in formaldehyde and other equally odd interpretations of what constitutes art has joined forces with Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers fame to work his magic on the humble bass guitar. When I say work his magic I think we can safely say that the comment is made with a touch of irony. Anyway the outcome, Hirst and Flea create Spin Bass Guitar, has certainly caused some headlines.
The bass guitar, re-interpreted as art, has been given a rather colourful paint job but apart from that I am not quite sure where the excitement is. Oh yes of course it is art!
Now because I am not that up on the art scene the collaboration between Damien Hirst and Flea actually happened in November 2011. Apparently the technique employed to apply the paint was developed by Damien Hirst and is used to create his Spin series of paintings. Hirst applied household gloss paint to the body and headstock of each guitar using his spin technique to create the effect that you can see below.
The cynic in me is wondering if Steve Vai is a little bit annoyed that Hirst has nicked his idea for guitar decoration. I will let you make your own mind up as to the true source of Damien Hirst’s artistic inspiration.
Is this the inspiration for the Hirst Spin technique?
No mention is made to the playing quality of the bass guitar itself. However, if it is a true collaboration involving Flea I would hope that the great man would not put his name to a guitar that was no good
The guitars themselves are signed on the back by both Damien Hirst and Flea and prices start at £10,000 and go up to £50,000 for the multi coloured deluxe spin bass. All proceeds go to Flea’s charity The Silverlake Conservatory of Music.
If you are interested in buying one of these bass guitars then you can visit the Other Criteria website to register your interest.
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