I had the
opportunity to do a custom gift for blues musician Buddy Guy thanks to
his personal security guards and friends Chuck Lanza and Pat.
Chuck had a vision and I took it and made it work. It evolved into a
tall wine goblet with Buddy’s favorite guitar as the stem, with
the neck of the guitar spiraling up to the rim. Chuck and Pat presented
the gift in Chicago at Buddy’s club Legends. He liked it so much
he used it and took it on stage with him.
A year later, I had the rare opportunity, again thanks to Chuck and Pat,
to meet Buddy in person back-stage at his show at B.B. King’s in
NYC. There I presented a surprise second cup, more of a mug style, a
gift from Slavin Studios, of which he also took on stage during the sold-out
show. It was during the show that I realized what a blues legend he really
This piece (right & below) shows a good thing just keeps giving when
I had the chance to use his club logo as clock and the in the Chicago
skyline. Chuck inspired me to include his club and the Southern plantation
where Buddy came from.
There’s also a subtle route 55 road traveling
northward to Chicago and details like the exact positioning of the
surrounding skyline and buddy in the window of his office. It truly
went over as a hit as you can see here.
Buddy’s club Legends in Chicago
Click on the Top AND Bottom of the
image above to see close ups.