Newcastle company brings rock star flair to your home

June 4, 2015

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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What’s more “rock star” than having a drum bursting out of your wall?

“Nothing,” contends Newcastle resident Steve Kenkman.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Newcastle resident Steve Kenkman, the brains behind Select A Head drum logo displays, sits in front of his own signed collection of wall-mounted drum displays at his home May 14.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Newcastle resident Steve Kenkman, the brains behind Select A Head drum logo displays, sits in front of his own signed collection of wall-mounted drum displays at his home May 14.

Kenkman is the brains behind Select A Head, a company that offers customized logo kick drum displays. The custom-made, fully functional drum shells are specially constructed in a low profile and narrow width, making them easy to transport or mount  on a wall.

On the drum’s head, the company prints select band and college logos, as well as artwork, with a constantly evolving portfolio, as Select A Head works to get licenses to print other things.

Kenkman likens it to a modern-day poster with a rock star flair.

“You used to have band posters in your room as you grow up in the ’80s. Let’s put it back where it belongs,” he said pointing toward the Queensryche-logoed drum head display that started it all.

Select A Head started when Kenkman began searching for a way to display Queensryche’s new tribal logo alongside a guitar he bought from band member Parker Lundgren.

It wasn’t enough to take a nail and hang a drum cover bearing the logo on the wall. Kenkman wanted it to look like the band cut off the front of its kick drum and handed it over to him.

“I want it to look like a kick drum is coming out of my wall,” he said.

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Learn more about Select A Head, and purchase products, at www.selectahead.com.

So, Kenkman went to Queensryche drummer Scott Rockenfield and bought one of his full-size drums. Kenkman and his brother then used a table saw to cut off the front of the 22×16 bass drum. It became the first Select A Head prototype.

“When you go to a concert one of the most memorable images you see on that stage is the kick drum with the logo,” he said. “How cool would it be to have that on your wall?”

Kenkman has worked with the likes of Korn, Queensryche and Stryper to get their logos on the drum displays. But band art isn’t the only thing that looks good on a Select A Head product.

University logos, sports logos, corporate logos and photographs absolutely shine on the drum head, too.

“This is a piece of art,” he said. “Anything can go on them.”

In addition to the band-logoed drums, he currently sells displays with the University of Washington logo, the University of Oregon logo and the Ohio State University logo, among others.

The company also recently unveiled a new line of drum displays featuring Jimi Hendrix, done in partnership with Rockin Artwork LLC and Hendrix’s brother Leon*.

Kenkman started Select A Head in 2013 and has learned the ins and outs of merchandising and licensing along the way.

“It’s been one heck of a learning process,” he said.

Select A Head headquarters is currently Kenkman’s Newcastle home. He cranks out about 20 drum displays a week from his garage, with help from his brother, who assists part time.

Eventually, the company wants to offer the displays in different sizes, add backlighting and fashion them into clocks, too. Select A Head also wants to put every college, every sports team and every band on the displays, with proper licensing, of course, Kenkman said.

“This is just a completely different type of memorabilia out there,” he said. “When you hang one up on your wall, no matter what logo is on it, it makes you feel like a rock star.”

*This story has been updated to further clarify Select A Head’s partnership with Rockin Artwork LLC.

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