Fieldey is pleased to present to you lovely readers, the penultimate Lucky 27 skateboard triptych.
The boards feature three of the biggest ‘members’ of the infamous 27 Club – Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix, who all died at the age of 27.
When I can up with the idea to paint these, I was all like hell yeah, it’s gonna be awesome, I can make them into zombies and there can be blood and stuff and… but once I started researching how they died and looking at a lot of reference photos, I started to really feel quite sad and decided to delve a little deeper into the other side of stardom… the side that leads talented people to either shoot themselves or to burn out with drugs and alcohol and how we as a culture deal with that – by turning them into paragons of talent, frozen in time and space and forever young, perpetuating the myth that you have to suffer for your art.
Each of the boards has ornate representations of the way they died (except Hendrix… because nobody wants a literal representation of that on their wall).
Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning.
And Jimi Hendrix combined red wine with loads of barbiturates and choked to death on his own vomit.
The reality is pretty grim, and leads us to ask ourselves if it is really better to burn out than to fade away?