We’ve seen human blood being used for album covers and in live concerts, but Gary Holt has just taken it to a new level! The Slayer and Exodus guitarist recently teamed up with surrealist artist Vincent Castiglia to create a signature guitar that is truly bonded by blood! Castiglia collected 18 vials of Holt’s blood backstage at their last show in Long Island, and used every last drop to paint Gary’s new guitar! As you’ll see in the photos below, the end result is simply amazing!
Here’s what Vincent Castiglia said on the experience: “While working on his torso piece, my client and friend Brian Werner suggested the possibility to me. I thought about the logistics, whether it would be possible or not, and figured hey, if I’ve been able to take my paintings and medium as far as I have already on canvas, why not do it on a guitar body? After some trial, and some extra preparation, it all worked out perfectly, and this guitar actually became what I’d cite to be one of my favorite, most detailed works to date. I pushed it as far as was physically possible in terms of detail. The subject matter, look and feel, and functionality of the piece are all in perfect line with my work. The piece is historical in that, to my knowledge (or the knowledge of Google), this is the first functional guitar in human history to have been created entirely in the musician’s blood. That puts it in a unique position, as it’s a functional piece of fine art that memorializes Gary Holt’s life’s work with his lifeblood, my mind and hands having been the vessel for its creation. It was an honor to work so intimately with Gary Holt and ESP on this project, which was literally, ‘Bonded By Blood.”
Gary Holt added: “It was very exciting to finally be able to reveal the ‘blood guitar’ painted with 18 vials of my own blood at this year’s NAMM! This Vincent Castiglia original is the first of its kind. This weekend was also my first look at it in the flesh so to say I was stoked is an understatement! Looking forward to taking this one-of-a-kind piece of dark art out on tour in February!”
Check out images of the incredible guitar below! I can’t wait to see this on stage! This is UNREAL!