Remembering the ‘master of reinvention’

In early 2015, thedailyfloss.com discussed an artist who had made a reproduction of David Bowie’s natural teeth in homage to the musician’s once imperfect smile.

As national media outlets deliver news that the pop icon died Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer, it seems only fitting to re-share today.

Behind any smile he chose existed a talent like no other.

 

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March 27, 2015

Chchchchanges. Some musicians say yes to new teeth. Others, not so much.

By Alison Majikes/Special to thedailyfloss.com

The artist who in the past created a tooth pendant and the sculpture “Tooth Nuckles” recently received notoriety for a replica of one musical icon’s imperfect smile.

Recently interviewed by dental-tribune.com, artist Jessine Hein, a German painter and sculptor, made a reproduction of singer

Artist Jessine Hein wearing a tooth mask. (Courtesy Jessine Hein)

Artist Jessine Hein wearing a tooth mask. (Courtesy Jessine Hein)

David Bowie’s natural teeth.

Bowie underwent cosmetic dental treatment in the early 1990s, and the artist said she was “nostalgically longing back to Bowie’s old teeth”.

The famous rocker, who got a new set of pearly whites over 20 years ago, isn’t the first artist to upgrade his teeth for the sake of appearance.

According to an article on Buzzfeed, when Bowie underwent his procedure, he joined the ranks of many other artists who did the same, like Celine Dion, Leann Rimes, Miley Cyrus and Gwen Stefani (who famously sported braces back in early years of her No Doubt fame).

But not every artist will willingly change their teeth to please others.

Freddie Mercury, the late frontman of “Queen”, famously never changed the appearance of his teeth for the fear that it would alter the unique sound of his voice.

In an article on npr.org in 2010, Rudi Dolezal, the director of the film Freddie Mercury: The Untold Story said, “”We all know that Freddie Mercury had very strange teeth and we would all ask ourselves, ‘A guy who was that rich, why didn’t he change his teeth?’ He was very afraid that if he changed his teeth that his particular sound of [his voice] would go away. So he was more concerned with his voice than his looks, and I think that says a lot about the man.”

To read more about Bowie’s teeth and Hein: http://www.dental-tribune.com/articles/news/europe/21686_interview_bowies_teeth_were_like_everything_else_about_him_different.html

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