Judas Priest have officially launched a brand new exhibition featuring artworks inspired by some of their most iconic tracks. Taking place at London's Parliament Tattoo on Thursday night (27th April), the event was attended by Priest font man Rob Halford.
Billed as 'Hell Bent For Leather', the unique event features a series of hand painted leather jackets adorned with the work of seventeen internationally acclaimed tattoo artists. The artists taking part in the exhibition have selected their favourite Judas Priest song or album title from which to create their artwork. The one-off works include designs by artists such as Grime, Jondix, Scott Move, Gregory Whitehead, and Xam.
Speaking at the event, and referencing Judas Priest's long association with the now iconic heavy metal leather look, Halford said; "It all makes sense for Priest and for Parliament Tattoo to be involved in this", before going on to praise the artist involved - most of whom were in attendance, saying; "I'd love to meet you all and think you personally".
The jackets are being auctioned off online to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, with which Judas Priest have had a long time association, having first performed a concert for the charity back in 2006, and the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.
Rob said he was particularly pleased to be working with the charities, paying particular tribute to both Wendy and the late Ronnie Dio, and The Who front man Roger Daltry for their tireless work. "This is a really special thing for Priest, to know we're doing something special", said the singer.
Judas Priest are currently in the studio putting the finishing touches to the follow up to 2014's 'Redeemer Of Souls'. The album, which is being co-produced by Andy Sneap also sees the return of Priest producer Tom Allom for the first time since 1988's 'Ram It Down'.
Judas Priest 'Hell Bent For Leather' Exhibition dates:
5th - 10th May 2017
Location: Provender Building
The Stables Market
Chalk Farm Road
The Brighton Tattoo Convention
13th & 14th May 2017
Location: The Brighton Centre
Brighton, BN1 2GR