In August 2011 I received an unusual request from Elliot Easton, The Cars legendary guitarist. He had been approached by Robert Kantor (famous for his ‘bling’ guitar creations for the likes of Lady Gaga, Steve Stevens and a host of other guitar greats) who offered to create a one-of-a-kind Swaravski Crystal encrusted guitar for Elliot. All they needed was a design….
I had always been a huge Cars fan. They were a BIG deal in New York when they hit, in no small way due to Easton’s incendiary guitar work, which made their version of radio-friendly New Wave palatable to us legions of hardened teenage Zep/Sabbath/Halen disciples. I snuck in to see them live in Central Park in ’79 (part of my teenage stupidity was the inability to budget my lawn mowing money evenly across the expenses of blank cassettes, new records and crappy weed) and with that hanging over my head, plus the fact the Elliot had already been collecting my art (he’s a sworn Mid-Century Mod enthusiast) not to mention he also hails from Long Island….. this unusual design opportunity seemed like the obvious thing to do!