I was introduces to Zakk Wydle around the time I started picking up guitar myself, and thank God I was. Having Zakk as a part of the foundation of the way I play was one of the best things I could ask for. I was already very familiar with Ozzy Osbourne’s early solo albums, but was recommended to check out his later work from the late 80s/early 90s. And after seeing the bullseye design of Zakk’s signature model Gibson, I couldn’t argue- it looked so sick! The first Ozzy album I ever purchased with my own money was “Black Rain“, the last one before Zakk’s departure from the band. I didn’t know until years later, but that album received very mixed reviews. But if you asked me, I love every track on that album. The tone and playing style of Zakk’s guitar had his traditional slamming heavy riffs slathered with his signature pitch harmonic squealing. Even after discovering other incredible guitarists later on, Zakk Wylde’s style of aggressive blues based or chicken-pickin’ shredding with a howling wah still resinates with me and remains on top of my list. Not matter much it looks like Zakk’s beating the hell out of the guitar until the notes he wants come out, I always admired how clean his notes are still coming out.
For this poster, I want to paint Zakk as the gnarly, gritty Berzerker he’s known to be while incorporating his signature hypnotic bullseye design and common maple/cream color scheme. But as dirty and fast as he plays, I still wanted to represent his refined playing by giving the final finish of the poster a good, clean polish.