Yngwie Malmsteen is a well known virtuoso shredder. And while most guitarists of his caliber would have their own signature line of guitars, Malmsteen is getting a personalized instrument of another kind: a Sharpie marker.
In what might be the oddest star endorsement we’ve seen in a while, the writing instrument manufacturer presented Malmsteen with his own line of personalized pens (as seen above). Apparently the idea came from Sharpie president Ben J. Gadbois, who happens to be a big fan of the Swedish guitarist. After presenting the Malmsteen markers, Gadbois had the following to say:
“I have followed Yngwie since high school and am a huge fan. It was fantastic to meet one of the greatest guitar players of all time and talk about music and several of our common interests. It was also an honor to present Yngwie with his own personalized Sharpies. It means a lot that he chooses our markers to sign autographs. He’s definitely made an indelible mark on music, and in some small way, we hope Sharpie has helped him make a lasting impressions with his fans.”
It’s unclear whether the Malmsteen Sharpie will be made available for purchase or not. Still, this may go down as an even more unusual combo than Malmsteen and The Roots.