If you’re looking for paper dolls of David Bowie’s musical characters, I have good news for you. There are about a billion of them.
Bowie is known not simply for having an alter ego, but for having a parade of them throughout his 50-year career. From Ziggy Stardust to Aladdin Sane to the Thin White Duke to Pierrot, Bowie used characters to write three-dimensional music—to extend it from sound to sight, to allow him to move out of the imagination and into the real world, including onto the stage.
Despite being a cousin to Dorian Gray, Bowie is old enough now to trail four or five generations of fans in his wake. So, whether you’re a wee one, or are frozen in a protracted adolescence, you can now turn your doll universe into Mars or Berlin. The old-fashioned tech of paper dolls and the new-fangled tech of the Internet meet at your printer.
(What? You don’t have a printer? Borrow your mom’s printer.)
Vodka Caramel’s ’70s Bowie dolls have a surfeit of heads but take the androgyny to an extreme.
Mel Elliot’s Ziggy Paperboy Bowie paper doll booklet is the only one to offer earrings as well.
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