By Salman Haqqi
As Ludwig moves into its 100th Anniversary in 2009, the company is announcing several new drums, including a limited collaboration tattoo-inspired Ludwig Corey Miller Signature Element Drum Kit. These special edition inaugural kits will only be available for a short time at select Ludwig dealers.
These drums feature the flash of world-renowned tattoo artist Corey Miller. Having entered the world of drumming as a “15-year -old hoodlum punk rock drummer”, Corey began his professional tattoo career at age 20 at Fat George's Tattoo Gallery in LaPuente, California. Taking cues from famed artists such as Jack Rudy, Filip Leu and Suzanne Fauser, Corey's stunningly realistic tattoo art have taken him all over the world, and made him one of the most sought-after purveyors of ink in modern times. Sole proprietor and owner of Six Feet Under Tattoo Parlor in Upland, CA, since opening up on April Fools Day, 1997, it is his use of black-and-grey that put Corey on the map. Having inked such icons as James Hetfield and custom motorcycle artist Jesse James, it is his recently televised association with L.A. based celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D that has propelled him into the media spotlight.
"This is a true first for Ludwig, and indeed, the drum industry”, says Kevin Packard, director of marketing, combo percussion. “Numerous kits with custom graphics have been introduced before, but never in a way that allowed every drummer access to them. To have Corey's art on a Ludwig kit is something we are really proud of".
A long- time Ludwig artist and drummer, the Element Series Corey Miller Signature drum kit was personally designed by Corey using various elements of his classic tattoo flash. The kit is also the first production kit from Ludwig to feature a 22"x22" bass drum, a compliment to the kit's 7x14 snare, 8x12 rack tom, and 14x16 floor tom.
For more information on all the new Ludwig drums, visit http://www.ludwig-drums.com .