Remembering David Bowie...

jessicapaige in Music

Singer, songwriter, actor, entertainer, multifaceted talent & chameleon man from another planet. David Bowie was the man who fell to Earth.

It's with a heavy heart and a teary eye that I try to articulate my feelings on the passing of David Bowie. If losing someone you've never met can make you feel like you've lost a lifelong friend - it must be a true loss.

I unfortunately, grew up in a generation where people my age idolized girl and boy bands that were hurtled through celebrity by lip-synching to angsty, vapid and witless music. Sometime in my early teens, I gave up on the radio and started perusing my parents old CD collections, hoping to find something I might relate to... when I was smacked in the face by The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Though I didn't yet understand what any of it meant - I became obsessed with Bowie's theatrical mad-geniusness and outrageous sense of style that seemed so completely natural and uncontrived. I could watch him for hours, singing-dancing-acting, and with the finale of each piece I remember feeling like I saw a creature fall from the sky. Bowie was otherworldly, but there was a deep sense of humanity in the music that surfaced regularly from behind his megastar facade- and would continue to do so for the better part of his four-decade-long career.

And I think my Spaceship knows which way to go...
And I think my Spaceship knows which way to go...

I want to thank David Bowie. You gave yourself to the world in such a raw, loud, unfiltered, and unapologetic way. Thank you, from all of us misfits, underdogs, and eccentrics. Thank you for crashing into Earth and blazing the trail. Thank you for teaching us how to cultivate our weirdness. The late nights I spent locked in my room, with a painted face and glittered hair were countless, inspired by you, and have somehow, shaped me into the person I am today.

Legends never die. They live on in our hearts, in our minds, and in the body of work they leave behind...
Please enjoy these works of, and inspired by, our favorite Starman.

Bowie Portrait made by @ethanjonestattoo
Bowie Portrait made by @ethanjonestattoo

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