8 years ago today, America lost a rebel, one who rebelled against not rocking, against not shredding guitars, and against not stealing his neighbor’s station wagon and crashing it into a tree with a whiskey bottle between his legs.
That man was Dimebag Darrell, lead guitarist for the monster redneck metal band, Pantera.
Darrell had been playing a show in Columbus in his new band, Damageplan, when a 25-year-old man came out of the crowd, onto the stage, and shot Dimebag repeatedly at close range. He then opened fire on the crowd and Damageplan’s bodyguard before being shot police. Those close to Dimebag were obviously hurt, but they could probably take solace in the fact that his legion of fans showed sincere support after his death. Pantera meant a lot to a lot of people, most of whom were of the metalhead ilk.
Thus, the best way for them to show support was via body art, inked into their skin in a drunken leather-clad stupor. Just how Dimebag would have wanted. Here’s 150 tattoo tributes to Dimebag Darrell.