You know what we forget about Prince? Absolutely nothing. But do you know what we forget about Prince if we forget anything? It's that as a guitarist, he absolutely embarrasses the greatest the business otherwise has to offer. Check out this clip of the man absolutely destroying the efforts of a "supergroup performance" of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" at George Harrison's posthumous induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2004. Steve Winwood is to this day attempting to figure out what just happened. That is one reason why this collection of guitar picks fashioned into the Prince logo is not only entirely appropriate, but arguably mandatory. One senses as a sidelight, above and beyond the vaulting ambition to become the best soul and pop purveyor of the past three decades, Prince thought it might be cool to play guitar like Jimi Hendrix. And so it was done.
How would you decorate YOUR Paisley Crib? It would be hard, right? You’d want to make sure that everything was just so. If you were to, say, bring a potential paramour back to your Paisley Crib for an evening of music and intimacy, you wouldn’t want them to be disappointed. You’d want them to be overcome to the point of giddiness at the prospect of this NC-17-styled Wonka Factory, replete with all of the latest and greatest modern gadgetry from the field of romance. Just as he has understood so much about life and art during his dominant 35-year run on our consciousness, Prince perceived this truism early on — you cannot BRAG about your Paisley Crib and not actually possess the goods to back it up. And rest assured, Prince did and does. Take the following excerpt from Rob Tannenbaum’s and Craig Marks’s priceless oral history I Want My MTV in which a collaborator discusses his eye-opening experiences while working on a Prince video:
TIM CLAWSON, producer: We’d get a call from Steve Fargnoli –- ’Prince has an idea for a video’ — and I’d meet him the next day. My favorite Prince pitch was for a video that never happened, for a song on Lovesexy. He was describing a scene where he’d be in bed with a girl, and beside the bed would be a neon sign that said ’Lovesexy.’ He said, ’We can do that at my house.’ I said, ’We’ll build a sign on the set and have it transported over.’ And he said, ’We can do it at my house.’ And I thought, Ohhh, I get it: You have a neon sign in your bedroom that says ’Lovesexy.’ Right.”
Well, that’s just beyond the call of awesome. Obviously, for the same reason none of us can make Sign ’O’ The Times, we also cannot hope to compete with this sort of visionary, vanguard romanticism. But the many good and noble people of the Internet have made their appeal and had their say. They’ve been taught by Prince and now they want to help us get experienced as well — through homespun handiwork. Sexy, lusty things, replete with the occasional religious allegory. Some are for sale, and others exist, much like the man himself, merely for exhibition purposes. Anyway, here are 10 of the best Prince-inspired artworks the web has to offer. Prince + crafts = what a ride.
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