A very interesting initiative of transferring percussion art (drumhead graphics) to our walls at home has appeared on the web. The idea came from Steve Kenkman, who describes the genesis of the project in the following way:
“I first came up with the idea when I bought an ESP Eclipse from Parker Lundgren of Queensryche. He posted on Facebook that he was looking to sell the guitar, so we touched base, and seeing I live close to him, he came over to show me the guitar. I explained to him I don’t even play guitar, but I thought it was such neat piece of Queensryche history, I just thought it would be cool to display on the wall.
After Parker left, I was sitting and thought how cool it would be to have the new tribal logo mounted next to the guitar. The only thing was I did not simply want to take a nail and hang the drum cover on the wall. I wanted it to look like I had a drum coming out of my wall. If I was going to have something that I thought was really cool, I did not want to do it “injustice” by simply using a nail, I wanted it to make a statement. I wanted it to look like “Scotty Rock” [Scott Rockenfield – Queensryche’s ex-drummer] cut the front of his very own drum set to give to me to hang on the wall. How cool would that be!
Scott Rockenfield and his brother ran a company called Rockenwraps, so I figured he might be able to help me with this new display. I checked out a few pictures of drums from the live concerts, and drew out my idea on paper. Just like the bass drums from the live shows, this thing was going to have all the hardware and material of actual drum used in the shows.
I contacted Scott and placed my order in for the drum head. We chatted back and forth and he was stumped on how we make the display just like I wanted. He sent me an email and said he could sell me one of his drums and I could try and cut it up. So I did just that! Using my table saw and help from my brother, we taped up the drum and the saw to try and keep it from scratching. We took a gorgeous 22 x 18 bass drum and started cutting it up. The result, the first ‘Select a Head’ drum display prototype! Once assembled I thought to myself, fans would love these things. I called my patent attorney and explained to him what I was thinking and he drew up the paperwork. I showed the finished product to Scott and said “want to be my partner? My Idea, your contacts and name recognition”… the rest is history!
Steve Kenkman CEO / Owner“.
You can order displays from 12″ to 24″ from Steve. Each size fits all standard drumheads. The displays are built from 4-ply plywood wrapped in black PVC. The rim is equipped with chrome lugs. The set also includes rubber washers under the lugs to protect the rim from scratching and complement the high quality of the product. The products come with a drum key that makes it easy to place the head on the hardware mounted on the wall.
The company also offers displays with heads featuring ready-made graphics of your favourite groups. You can choose from such rock legends as:
The prices range from less than USD 100 for a 12-inch display to USD 169 for a 22-ich display. Unfortunately, those of us residing outside of the US have to allow shipping costs or customs duty.
The Beatit team will get in touch with the producer. Perhaps we could successfully transplant this great idea to the European market and combine our Custom DrumHeads productions with Steve Kenkman’s endeavours?
Photos and source: https://selectahead.com/