It’s strange that, last week, Prince was reported dead, given that, to me, he always carried himself like someone we’d accidentally find in the history books with conspiracy theories popping — like there’d be an intriguing man surrounded by babes in some painting of an ancient Roman bath house or a mysterious gypsy guitarist in the background of a group photo from the 1920s, both of whom look an aaaaaawful lot like Prince.
That’s because Prince was extraordinarily transformative, and always in beautifully enchanting fashion too. So much so that “dead” seems a bizarre word to attach to an individual I largely assume has instead transcended dimensions—because he’s needed elsewhere—or faked his death because people started noticing the fact that he was straight up not aging.
In this singular life, however, Prince delivered a career of fascinating move after fascinating move, from sneakily exiting a contract agreement by changing his name to an unpronounceable symbol to guest-starring on New Girl because he loved the show so damn much. Prince was whole-heartedly who he decided to be in this realm and he didn’t take cues from anyone. Prince was Prince and nobody else was or could ever be.
But what it meant to be Prince changed, even to Prince. Always his own, entirely stylish in every way, the musician explored new looks rather than new identities (more of a Bowie move, really). So in more than three decades of making (some of our era’s best) music, Prince changed his hairstyle dozens of times, and artist Gary Card captured it properly, by sketching up a collection that of them that’s fun, sassy, and purple.
See the magnificent legacy of Prince’s steezy hairstyles below.