The death of a loved one is never easy, but sometimes, if you’re lucky, it can be totally awesome. A man named Philip, who died in a car accident 20 years ago, inspired his nephew in life. So his nephew, turned his uncle’s remains into a bone guitar. The uncle had been responsible for his nephews love of heavy metal music and the skeleton axe was the perfect tribute.
This story is as sweet as it is creepy. Also, it’s cool as heck.
The tale, originally published on metasucks.net, is told by a user who goes by the name Prince Midnight (excellent) and recounts his experience making the guitar. It took a lot of time and a lot of paperwork. Filip had his bones prepared and rendered after death so they could live in a medical college. His body taught students the art of taking care of bones for 20 years. Then the college decided they didn’t need him any more. Harsh.
Prince Midnight and his uncle Filip hail from Greece, a country where cremation is frowned upon in the orthodox religion. When Prince got the bones he struggled with what to do with them until the genius and disgusting idea came to him, like a heavenly riff from the sky.
It took a lot of time to research the process, and multiple advisors backed out of the process. Ultimately, Prince Midnight took his uncles bones into his own hands and forged tribute the guitar. He named it the Filip Skelekaster, which is beautiful in the most awesome way possible.
A Beautiful Bone Guitar Tribute
Prince Midnight even recorded a video of himself demonstrating the bone guitar in action. He plays Darkthrone’s Transilvanian Hunger and it’s honestly extremely touching. To see the man that inspired such love and passion in his nephew turned into a vessel of that music? God, it’s like poetry. Congrats, Prince Midnight. He’s a beaut.
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