There is a Stradivarius violin known as The Messiah and a running god who made music in gold spikes. At the mixed zone at the Rio Olympics, a volunteer carried around Usain Bolt's glittering shoes as if they were precious instruments that required their own valet.
Creative folk - athletes, musicians, novelists - are bonded to their equipment like the author John Steinbeck was to his pencils. It is what they want to write history with. Steinbeck only used pencils till they reached a particular length and Bjorn Borg strung his rackets so tight that the strings would snap at night. Artists are allowed their minor eccentricities.