Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx gets his own limited edition Leica Q
Storied German camera-maker Leica have announced their newest collaboration - with none other than Nikki Sixx, founding member of self-proclaimed 'World's Most Notorious Rock Band', Mötley Crüe.
According to Blabbermouth.net, Leica have announced they will debut a special Leica Q Nikki Sixx Edition camera as well as host the musician's first-ever photo exhibit, "Conversations With Angels", at the Leica Gallery Los Angeles.
Sixx's affinity for street photography is the result of his experience on the streets as a runaway and past drug abuse. Sober for the last seventeen years, Sixx says photography helps him challenge past experiences with stories of hope through capturing images that speak to his strong and meaningful connections to his subjects.
The Leica Q Nikki Sixx Edition is described as 'a rock-star take on Sixx's beloved Leica Q camera', and will feature a black snakeskin finish on leatherette with a laser-engraved Nikki Sixx signature.
The Leica Q will also be accompanied by a black Leica leather wrist strap, an autographed copy of the tenth anniversary edition of Sixx's memoir, The Heroin Diaries, and a black DSPTCH braided shoulder strap durable enough to withstand the tough photographic environments Sixx's frequently finds inspiration in and enjoys shooting.
The Leica Q Nikki Sixx Edition will be limited to an exclusive twenty-eight units, a number which has special significance for Sixx as he overdosed on heroin at that age and was clinically dead for several minutes, which ultimately provided the turning point that lead him to commence his path of recovery.
This limited-edition camera will be unveiled on October 4 exclusively at the Leica Store LA. At this point we know it will be priced at $5250 US, however there is no indication it will make it to Australia.
"I've been a storyteller all my life — as a lyricist, an author and especially as a photographer. When I'm shooting my subjects, I'm looking to capture more than just an image. I want to tell their stories," says Sixx.
Sixx's exhibit, "Conversations With Angels", will be on display at the Leica Gallery Los Angeles October 4 through November 5, aligning with the tenth anniversary of Sixx's memoir, The Heroin Diaries.