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HEROES: From the fall of the Berlin Wall to Popular Homage

HEROES: From the fall of the Berlin Wall to Popular Homage
Music2 min Read

This classic wasn’t David Bowie’s biggest hit at first — his passing and the song’s growing meaning has risen it to new, tattooed heights.

Play It Again analyzes the sticking power of songs and their ability to compel people to go so far as to permanently alter their skin with cheesy lyrics. We've covered the Beatles, Lady Gaga, and even Modest Mouse

We could be heroes, Bowie homage (via IG—naturezatattoo) #Bowie #DavidBowie #WeCouldBeHeroes #Heroes #PlayItAgain #lyricstattoo
Simple and clean Heroes tattoo with Bowie #Bowie #DavidBowie #WeCouldBeHeroes #Heroes #PlayItAgain #lyricstattoo
Simple text of We Could Be Heroes (via IG—alex_zhogov) #Bowie #DavidBowie #WeCouldBeHeroes #Heroes #PlayItAgain #lyricstattoo

With the exception of the following lyrics,

Interpretation of Heroes lyrics (via IG—andreacartabia) #Bowie #DavidBowie #WeCouldBeHeroes #Heroes #PlayItAgain #lyricstattoo
We could be heroes (via IG—fer_bodyart) #Bowie #DavidBowie #WeCouldBeHeroes #Heroes #PlayItAgain #lyricstattoo
Screenprint-stylized We Could Be Heroes (via IG—lilsteffieb) #Bowie #DavidBowie #WeCouldBeHeroes #Heroes #PlayItAgain #lyricstattoo

The romance, the powerful implications, and the idea of being heroic with a lover — all these factors have catapulted this lesser known Bowie song onto people’s skin. Coupled with the endlessly talented star’s passing, the phrase We can be heroes has been tattooed onto many a fan, either as a single phrase or paired with an image or representation of Bowie himself. As time has passed, the romance of the lyrics as a tattoo triples — the hero that was Bowie, the heroism of being true to yourself, and the loving collaboration between two people.

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