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Yes, It Exists: David Bowie Paper Dolls!

Paper Boy David Bowie
All Photos By Gail

The only real bummer about David Bowie Is, the Brooklyn Museum’s immersive and wildly fascinating career retrospective on the late, great rock superstar is the fact that photography is not allowed inside the galleries. Huge Bummer! Once you enter the exhibit, the rule makes sense, because crowding: but still. Fortunately, photography is fully permitted in the museum gift shop, and thank god, because that is where I found these (unofficial) David Bowie Paper Dolls! Squee!

Bowie Underpants Model
Ziggy-era Bowie in his Skivvies: Ready for some Hot Dress-Up Action!

If you’ve ever wanted to know what the Thin White Duke looked like in his underwear alone, wonder no longer!

Bowie Black Jump Suit
Tokyo Pop Vinyl Bodysuit (1973) Designed By Kansai Yamamoto for the Aladdin Sane tour

From Ziggy Stardust to Halloween Jack, Major Tom, and many other characters, David Bowie continuously reinvented himself. The stage outfits recreated in Mel’s Music Icons’ Ziggy Paperboy book highlight a selections of Bowie ’s numerous identities and are as much a tribute to Bowie as is his music! Here are just a few of the fun outfits you can dress him up in!

Bowie Blue Boa

Two Outfits

Blonde David

The book also includes a few differently-styled versions of David, to accommodate all of his ch-ch-ch-changes!

Bowie Blue Suit

Here is the famous Ice Blue Suit that David wore for the Mick Rock-directed video for “Life On Mars.” Iconic!

Bowie One Leg and Sleeve Costume

OMG so much Fun!

David Bowie Is Runs Through July 15th, 2018 at the Brooklyn Museum.

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David Bowie and Prince Wooden Dolls

Bowie and Price Wooden Dolls
Photos By Gail

Here’s another awesome Holiday Gift Idea for the art lover on your list who also happens to be a fan of David Bowie or Prince. Pay homage to Ziggy Stardust, David Bowie’s iconic persona from the early 1970s, or the late great Prince, with this modern take on Japanese Kokeshi dolls, which are customarily given as symbols of friendship. Each doll measures, 5.7 inches tall, is hand painted in vibrant colors, and is made of schima superba wood. Imagine the adventure these two could have together.

These cool little Dolls, which sell for $42 each, are available directly from the MoMA Design Store at the Museum of Modern Art, or online at This link!

Bowie and Price Wooden Dolls

Bowie Star T-Shirt

Bowie Star

Stars T-Shirt with “Space Oddity” lyrics, designed by Butcher Billy, is available on a T-Shirt in Turquoise or Black for just $19.95, and in a variety of other shirt styes as well, at This Link!

Bonus: All T-Shirts on the Site are 20% off Through May 8th!

David Bowie Soap Set!

David Bowie Soap
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Putting on your red shoes and dancing the blues away can really work up a sweat. Be sure to scrub up after you get down with this David Bowie-themed Soap duo by Dirty Grl, makers of fun, bold soap that is all natural and animal friendly.

More Details:

  • Handmade vegan soap
  • Bowie made with cocoa butter, geranium, coconut oil, argan oil, mica powder, sustainable palm oil, and safflower oil
  • Bolt made with sandalwood, activated charcoal, coconut oil, sustainable palm oil, safflower oil, jojoba, shea butter, and mica powder

If it’s not already sold out you can buy at This Link while supplies last!

Pink Thing of The Day: David Bowie Mural in Dublin

David Bowie Mural Dublin
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A friend in Dublin, Ireland sent me the link to this mural of Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, which just went up in his neighborhood. I think it’s beautiful. You can read more about the mural at This Link!

Thanks to Finbar Hall for the Tip!

Photos of The Shrine In Front of David Bowie’s Apartment Building

12 Feet Deep
Flowers, Photos, Artwork and Gifts from Fans and Mourners Stretch Eight Feet Deep in Front of David Bowie’s Former Home in Downtown NYC (All Photos By Gail)

I’m sure I am not alone when I say that I haven’t really felt centered since I heard the news of David Bowie’s death when I woke up at 6:00 AM on Monday morning. No matter how many bittersweet memories of seeing Bowie in concert back-in-the-day, or engaging personal accounts of ways in which David Bowie profoundly impacted countless lives that I read in my FaceBook news feed — and, trust me, the verbal tributes haven’t stopped coming — this news just doesn’t seem like it could be real. It’s almost like I need to ‘see the body,’ so to speak, for it to really sink in. Because I thought David Bowie was going to live forever. Didn’t we all?

I like to think of myself as being respectful of other’s personal space but, despite being  somewhat mortified at the thought of exploiting David Bowie’s death in any way, or getting in his family’s face when they just want their privacy, the more I thought about it, the more I felt compelled to just go to his house; to make my own pilgrimage to visit the memorial shrine that fans have built over the two short days since he passed, which is growing in front of the building where David Bowie lived with his wife Iman and daughter Lexi. I didn’t know exactly where the building was, but I know downtown pretty well and I recognized a fairly distinctive landmark from seeing many  on-the-scene TV reports, so I was able to figure out where to go.

Let's Dance Graffiti
“Let’s Dance” Graffiti Adds a Bit of Levity to an Otherwise Reverent Shrine Site

A light mist was falling as I walked uptown from the subway station, and the air had that still crispness, indicating that it could just start snowing at any minute. I hoped it would not start snowing just yet. And then I saw the crowd.

Shrine Left Front

My photos are not great because I forgot to turn on my flash for some of them, and also I was trying not to step on, or in front of, anyone else who wanted to get pictures of this very beautiful tribute of love for a man whose music touched almost everyone I know. The collection of beautiful, fragrant flowers, personal David Bowie artwork, toys, gifts, and a small collection of Jesus Candles, is surrounded by metal police barricades, but if you have something you want to add to the shrine, the police will let you walk around and lay it where you feel it should rest. Everyone was very, very cool and respectful.

Cover of AM New York

Up front: The cover story from Tuesday’s issue of AM New York, a free morning daily, generally available as you enter or exit the subway.

Eye Drawing

There is so much artwork left by fans, and I can’t even imagine what has already been covered and buried deep under flowers and mementos.

Bowie Shrine Left

I'm Not Dead

Here’s a sentiment we all wish were true.

Teddy in the Flowers

I wonder who left that little Teddy Bear, and if it held any special message meant for David.

Thank you note and flowers

Posters

British Flag

Bowie’s music played unobtrusively as I stood and took in this scene, and I could hear people sniffling, but a reprieve from the wracked sobbing that I imagine we have all been doing a bit of. It was very peaceful. I think David would have really loved to see such an outpouring of adoration from his fans.

Candles

I wish everyone who loved, and now mourns David tonight could see how beautiful this place is, and feel how much love went into creating it. I didn’t want to intrude on his family’s grief, but I almost felt like I had to go so I could represent for those who are not able to be near this energy.

Bowie Shrine Right

God Speed You David Bowie. We will Miss You Forever.

Ziggy Stardust By Albert Oehlen

Ziggy Stardust
Photo By Gail

Albert Oehlen (b. 1954) exaggerates and distorts the conventions of abstract painting, breaking rules as a way to critique traditions based on taste and canonized art historical narratives. His paintings are steeped in an aesthetic of extravagance and indulgence, often containing jarring color combinations, half-baked forms, and decorative touches.

Oehlen’s Ziggy Stardust (2001) pays homage in its title to musician David Bowie, who used his lavish alter-ego, Ziggy Stardust, to examine the power — and the destructive nature — of Rock and Roll. By channeling Bowie, Oehlen draws attention to the excesses of painting.

Beginning with an austere architectural CAD drawing, Oehlen the launches an assault on the canvas with bilious color, sludgy forms, and clashing techniques. Combining computer-generated and gestural marks, Oehlen prods at the very idea of the artist’s hand and supposed creative genius.

Photographed in The Broad Museum in Downtown Los Angeles.