A metal God’s love for tatts, leather and metal has spawned the heaviest exhibition thanks to the creativity of global tattoo talent.

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford took time out from recording the band’s 18th studio album to officially unveil the Hell Bent For Leather exhibition.

The display, which launched at Parliament Tattoo in London last week, paves the way for future donations and bids for jackets designed by the world’s greatest tattoo artists.

Priest fans can get their hands on their own piece of heavy metal history and take a trip down memory lane with jackets painted with artwork inspired by the band’s complete back catalogue.

Proceeds from the auction and raffle sales will go towards The Teenage Cancer Trust and Ronnie James Dio’s Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

Speaking at the invitation-only event at one of the capital’s top tattoo studios the Metal God confirmed the one-off pieces will be auctioned to fetch big money for charity.

He said: “The collection really represents, for Priest, a big part of our lives in metal.

“When I look at the stuff I can flip back to 70s, 80s 90s, which is what it’s all about for metal fans.

“Above all else there’s some cool involvement with two charities and that was another nice connection.”

Tattoo artists from as far as Berlin, Budapest and Cyprus poured their heart and soul into creating the detailed jackets which will also go on to be exhibited in Brighton.

Halford said: “All of this work is going to be auctioned so we will be hoping for some big money. Anyone can make a bid. These are works of art, they are originals, they’re one of a kind.”

The auction is live at www.givergy.com/charity/judas-priest where fans can bid or purchase raffle tickets.

It ends on May 17 and prizes from the raffle will be announced from May 31.

Judas Priest are currently recording their follow up to 2015’s Redeemer of Souls with a world tour set to be announced for next year.

Guy Bell