License article

Dave Grohl inks arm with Ace of Spades tattoo in honour of Lemmy

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has paid the ultimate tribute to mentor Motorhead singer Lemmy Kilmister just hours after the metal icon's death.

Grohl said he was heartbroken by the news his close friend had died on December 28, describing Kilmister as "a friend and legend".

The two men collaborated on Grohl's 2004 heavy metal side-project band Probot and performed Motohead's iconic track Ace of Spades together at the 2010 Revolver Golden Gods Awards.

To immortalise the influential musician, Grohl got a Motorhead-inspired tattoo on his forearm, inking himself with none other than the ace of spades.

We’ve lost a friend & legend. My heart is broken. RIP Lemmy. Born To Lose, Lived To Win. Official Motörhead

Posted by Foo Fighters on Monday, 28 December 2015

The tattoo was shared by tattoo artist "Royal Tattooist" on Instagram on Tuesday local time, with Grohl reportedly coming in on Monday night, the same day as Kilmister's death, for the artwork.

"Tattooed Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters last night hella [sic] cool dude," he wrote alongside the photo of a beaming Grohl.

The tattoo is surrounded by the words "Shake Your Blood", which is the name of a song Kilmister and Grohl worked on together for Probot's sole album.

The ink is similar to a tattoo Kilmister had on his own forearm, which included an ace of spades surrounded by his famous catch phrase "born to lose, live to win".


Tattooed #davegrohl from the #foofighters last night hella cool dude

A photo posted by royaltattooz (@royaltattooist) on

The celebrated heavy metal singer and bassist died on Monday aged 70 after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer just days before.

He also suffered from a number of well-publicised health issues including an irregular heartbeat.

Tributes poured in from the music community following news of his death, with Black Sabbath's Ozzy Osbourne describing Kilmister as "warrior and a legend".

Metal band Metallica said he was "one of the primary reasons this band exists".

"We're forever grateful for all of your inspiration," they wrote on Twitter.

Kilmister's band mates this week confirmed Motorhead would disband following Kilmister's death.

"Lemmy was Motorhead. We won't be doing any more tours or anything," Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee told Sweden's Expressen newspaper.