Parties Weren’t Meant to Last: Artists Pay Tribute to Prince
The world was stunned last Thursday by the unexpected death of Prince Rogers Nelson, known to the world simply as Prince. Prince was a legendary musician, whose records crossed all boundaries of style and genre. He was widely considered one of the best guitarists who ever lived. He was equally unparalleled as a singer, songwriter, and live performer.
But he was also a visual icon. In his music videos, live concerts, and movies like Purple Rain, his flair for style and unique androgynous look caught the eye of fans regardless of gender or sexuality. Upon his death, people praised his music of course, but there were also discussions about him as a role model who showed that there was no right way to be a man. Prince was an inspiration to everyone who refused to be bound in by labels and social roles.
So it's no surprise that many visual artists have paid tribute to Prince in the past week. Some produced new work, while others reposted art they'd done of Prince in the past. Either way, Twitter, Tumblr, and DeviantArt have been filled with a vast spectrum of Prince-inspired artwork for the past week, and we've gathered some of them here. Notable artists include Batgirl's Cameron Stewart, Black Canary's Annie Wu, artist and activist Molly Crabapple, Judge Dredd's Dan McDaid, and more. But also included are many artists who've not yet made their names in the industry, but who are inspired by Prince to dream big.