Digital artist Ard Gelinck does the musical time-warp
The mark of a true musical icon is an ability to stand the test of time. Whether it’s a graceful ageing, or an ability to remain frozen in time, Dorian Gray style, celebs have an uncanny ability to age in a way that makes us normies look like fleshy potato sacks. Probably all the money, in fairness.
For some stars, though, their image is fixed at a number of points. Whether it’s their child actor beginnings, their teenage rebellion phase, the mid-twenties boom or their grey-around-the-edges twilight years, for those growing up in the public eye, there’s numerous snapshots to their timeline.
Digital artist Ard Gelinck knows this better than most. Through his carefully-constructed Photoshops, Gelinck recuts images of famous musicians, actors and beyond, positioning the present-day stars alongside their former faces, as if they were hanging out together to this day.
At times it’s eerie, at others it’s heartwarming – sometimes, it’s just downright cool. Below, we’ve rounded up a bunch of our favourite stars as reimagined by Gelinck, captured both in youth and beyond.
From noodle-noggin to beanie-bonce.
Few people have had as many iconic looks as Our Madge…
… but if anyone could give her a run for her money, it’s Bowie.
Sorry Miss Jackson, oooooh.
While she might forever be frozen in time as her beehive-barnetted mid-20s self, this is a touching tribute to Amy’s everlasting youth.
Take that, Father Time.
To be honest, we’re struggling to tell the difference.
From Bruce to Boss.
Another icon whose image is one for the history books, whichever decade you choose.
Wham, bam, thank you… mum, for the impeccable genes.
Eat your heart out Rami Malek.