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This article was published on January 15, 2015

David Bowie’s hair styles through the years offer a unique view into his artistic personas

David Bowie’s hair styles through the years offer a unique view into his artistic personas
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Jackie Dove was in charge of The Next Web's Creativity channel from February 2014 through October 2015. Jackie Dove was in charge of The Next Web's Creativity channel from February 2014 through October 2015.

Regardless of what you may think about David Bowie, his music or his other artistic pursuits — and that’s assuming you think of them at all — it’s hard to look away from this animated GIF showing his vast multiplicity of hairdos over the past 50 years.

Spanning 1964 to 2014, artist Helen Green has produced a series of charming sketches that can be viewed either individually on paper or as a GIF.

Bowie has had a varied career as a singer/singwriter, record producer, actor and painter. A number of Green’s sketches were timed to celebrate the singer’s 68th birthday on January 8.

Bowie GIF

Tracking celebrity hair styles is not a new phenomenon, but most people don’t have enough variety to document. An old website, now under renovation, once documented Hillary Clinton’s tresses over the years, while another chart and GIF animation by Gary Card documents the artist formerly known as Prince and his abundant styles.

Helen Green