Living beings aren’t often works of art. David Bowie is an eternal exception.

Here at the Daily Dot, we swap GIF images with each other every morning. Now we’re looping you in. In the Morning GIF, we feature a popular—or just plain cool—GIF we found on Reddit, Canvas, or elsewhere on the Internet.

We often feature works of art in the Morning GIF. Sketches, kinescopes, stereoscopes, even living beings … although not many of the last qualify as works of art. There is, however, one eternal exception: Bowie.

David Bowie virtually invented the persona-as-art in popular music. Where the Thin White Duke left off and he began was and always will be anyone’s guess, moreso because his personae are not simply musical but also physical. 

So it is with Aladdin Sane. Another Bowie persona, from his 1973 album of the same name, he is best remembered for his visuals, music critics agreeing he constituted not much more than another Thin White Duke with a layer of Americana. Still, as a visual he is striking, and he can still call up the ’70s, even to people who weren’t alive then. 

Let the lightning strike you.

Image via mabellonghettiTumblr

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