Fans around the world are mourning the loss of iconic glam rocker David Bowie, who died yesterday at age 69. Bowie was an influential and beloved musician with a varied career that spanned decades. Over those decades, Bowie was a symbol of trendiness who had a knack for reinventing himself, seemingly with the superpower to always be the coolest person in the room. 

His early hit “Space Oddity” is a beloved classic as synonyms with the space age as any song. It introduced the character Major Tom to the popular lexicon. Major Tom was revisited by Bowie years later in “Ashes to Ashes”. Throughout his career, Bowie spanned many genres of music from acoustic, to rock, to electronic, to dance, to experimental, to industrial, to, most recently, jazz. Through all of his cha-cha-changes, Bowie proved to be capable of adapting to the times. 

Perhaps his most iconic period was the androgynous Ziggy Stardust days in the early 70s, during which he performed in exotic costumes with wild makeup. It was during these days that 

T-shirts featuring Bowie with a colorful lightning bolt painted across his face became the gold standard of the music fan’s wardrobe. Over forty years after the release of “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”, Ziggy shirts are still on store shelves and roaming concerts. Now that’s staying power! 

For those of you aspiring musicians out there, a lesson can be learned here: great merchandise can make or break your image. Here’s a tip: dream up a design that matches your sound, and make your own T-shirt online with Whooptee. Design your own shirt, and leave your artistic mark on the music scene. Try listening to your music with your eyes closed, and match that feeling with the image you want to project on stage in your T-shirt design. 

In David Bowie, the world has lost one of our most celebrated pop culture figures. We will always have our fond memories, we will always have his music, and we will always have the unique footprint that Bowie left on the pop landscape. The Starman will be greatly missed. 

 

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