Not too long ago we talked about all the creative, talented and inspirational people we lost in 2015. Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for us to lose more. David Bowie was a singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, painter, and one of the most interesting men of his generation. He’ll be remembered for a variety of accomplishments, from being an innovative musician to appearing in films like Labyrinth and Zoolander.
Bowie began his musical career in 1963, eventually achieving national recognition in the UK in 1969 when “Space Oddity” reached the top five of the UK Singles Chart. In 1975 he crossed the pond and found success in America with the song “Fame” from his album entitled Young Americans. From then on he continued to stun, amaze, and often confuse his worldwide fan base with both musical and visual experimentation.
Perhaps more influential than his music, David Bowie’s willingness to be himself in the face of any adversity made him a role model that many people admired. He openly professed he was gay in 1972 before revealing he was actually bisexual in a Playboy interview in 1976 where he said, “It’s true—I am a bisexual. But I can’t deny that I’ve used that fact very well. I suppose it’s the best thing that ever happened to me.”
Throughout his career, Bowie sold over 140 million albums. He received numerous awards and accolades over the decades as a musician and actor. He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid, and two children, Duncan and Alexandria Jones.
As shown by the tattoos below, he will be remembered by millions.