Thursday, 8 January 2015

Sits like a man, but smiles like a reptile

It’s our icon David Bowie’s birthday today – and just look what someone has come up with as a tribute…

David Bowie was well known during the early stages of his career for some of the music world’s most unusually angled teeth this side of, say, Pogues singer Shane McGowan. Of course, Bowie’s crooked teeth are a relic of the past, replaced by the time the ’90s rolled around with a mouthful of gleaming, snow-white incisors.

Some people aren’t willing to let Bowie’s oral history go gently into that good night, though. Painter and sculptor Jessine Hein has fashioned Bowie’s old dentures into a mould, made of acrylics, plaster and paint.

And why not? They were as much a part of the Bowie legend as his zany outfits, an indispensable part of his Ziggy Stardust and Thin White Duke personas.

Though these teeth aren’t (yet) available for sale, it’s some kind of relief to know that they’re out there, somewhere.

The perfect gift for the man who has everything?

David Bowie (born David Robert Jones, 8th January 1947)


  1. Heavens! While some people may have, say, a copy of Madonna's divorce papers to Sean Penn (me), this is just weird(er) ;) In any case, happy birthday to a legend!

    1. Strange what people collect...

      I cannot imagine how either a set of divorce papers or a set of dental impressions would ever come on sale! Jx

  2. can your legally request divorce papers?

    I'm asking for a friend...

    1. Some of them must make for very juicy reading indeed. Not, ahem, your friend's, obviously :-)

  3. I believe in the Madonna/Sean case, some sneaky court worker took a "coffee break" (very, very close to the xerox machine...)


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