David Bowie Tattoo
This David Bowie Tattoo – Ashes to Ashes was done just after Bowies death. I decided that if I was going to do a portrait of one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Who was also well know for reinvention. I was going to incorporate EVERY era into one design instead of focusing on just one. ’cause that would just be too easy.
The rock star, movie star and all-around legend passed away at the age of 69, following an 18-month battle with cancer two days after he released his final album, Blackstar.
Born David Robert Jones in 1947, Bowie broke through in 1969 with the hit single “Space Oddity” and cemented his place in the rock music canon with his 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, as a pioneer of glam rock. Bowie continued to shape-shift throughout his career, incorporating elements of punk, soul, hard rock, funk, jazz, and more, while taking on personas like Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke. His last album, Blackstar, was his 25th.
With Ziggy, and all the personas that came in its wake – Aladdin Sane, the Diamond Dog, the Gouster (the original basis of his Young Americans album) and the Thin White Duke – Bowie was adapting an idea that he owned completely. It was something that he had created with his then wife Angie, an idea, a character in which he had complete confidence.
Capturing all that in a single David Bowie Tattoo
Bowie’s influence stretches far beyond the realms of music and movies into all realms of pop culture — art, fashion, the way we, collectively, think about the world. Through all his reinventions, Bowie remained recognizably himself. Futuristic, androgynous, and larger than life, he maintained an aura of oddness and otherness that made the other oddballs of the world feel a little less lonely. I’ve tried to stamp myself into this piece without ‘getting in the way’ too much. I’m sure David would appreciate my need to be seen.
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