Johnny Depp Friends: Marilyn Manson’s Bassist Fred Sablan Just Got Damien Echols Talisman Tattoo [Opinion]

Johnny Depp has an amazing array of fascinating musician friends, but one of his oldest and dearest friends is Marilyn Manson. Depp has performed with Marilyn and knows the Manson tour band, including Fred Sablan. Another close friend of Johnny’s is Damien Echols, who is a simply fascinating author and artist.

Marilyn Manson’s bass player Fred Sablan is now proudly wearing a Damien Echols Talisman tattoo similar to the one on Damien’s upper bicep and deltoid. The inking was done by Sara Fabel, according to a recent tweet by Damien Echols below.

Johnny Depp also has a matching tattoo with Damien Echols, similar to the one Fred just got. Damien Echols has been interested in Ceremonial Magick since he was a teen and is currently writing a book on the subject. Echols plans to have the book out by 2017.

Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson are best friends and have been close since their teens when both Manson and Depp lived in Florida. Depp and Manson are also very close to Damien Echols, who was once on death row but was cleared by DNA evidence, once Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson got involved.

Damien Echols and Marilyn Manson bassist Fred Sablan are now apparently hanging out and perhaps Fred has gotten interested in Damien Echol’s Magick techniques, which are largely based on Jewish and Christian principles and symbolism with a smattering of Tow and Zen.

Johnny Depp, Marilyn Manson, and all their friends have a wide variety of interests but music seems to be the common thread for them all. Damien Echols has always loved metal music, and Johnny Depp has given Damien guitar lessons.

Johnny Depp is an incredibly talented guitar player, according to Alice Cooper as quoted on Loud Wire.

“Johnny is one of these guys that just loves that era, and he’s a killer guitar player. There’s a movie called Chocolat, and he plays this gypsy guitar player, and he does all this [famed jazz guitarist] Django Reinhardt stuff.”

Johnny Depp, Joe Perry, and Alice Cooper are in a band together called Hollywood Vampires, but Johnny plays music whenever he gets a chance. Johnny has jammed with some of the best, including Paul McCartney.

Damien Echols friend of Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson

Damien Echols’ Talisman looks really cool on Fred Sablan’s arm. Damien says he is “honored” that Marilyn Manson’s bassist took on his meaningfully artistic ink. Will Marilyn get one for himself?

Fred Sablan, who has been playing music for Marilyn Manson since 2010, also reportedly plays bass for a band called Goon Moon. Sablan is a great musician and offered some bass tips in Bass Guitar Magazine. Fred makes it all sound so easy.

“The secret of playing bass well is being locked in with the beat. Consider the groove and play for the song. You’re a very important component of the rhythm, so know your place.”

Marilyn Manson’s bassist is making a lot of sense here. Anyone who has ever watched a truly great bassist knows they get really into the beat and it seems like everything else just melts. They are in their own world most of the time, laying down that back beat.

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Guitarists like Johnny Depp and singers like Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson can do whatever they want on top of that backbeat, but the bass player has to trust them with that because he’s focused on the rhythm, not the melody.

Johnny Depp and Marilyn Manson are also interested in Damien Echols’ work as an artist and writer. Depp is especially supportive of Echols’ activism in opposing the death penalty. Johnny Depp accompanied Echols to Arkansas to protest the execution of men Damien Echols met on death row. For more on that see this from the Inquisitr.


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Johnny Depp’s friend Damien Echols designed the tattoo Marilyn Manson’s bass player Fred Sablan just got inked on his forearm.

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