Blackstar has a hidden image as a parting gift from David Bowie to fans that was planned before his tragic death, according to his long-time producer Tony Visconti. And the album is a remarkable, jazz-influenced masterwork that everyone absolutely loves.
Although David Bowie tragically passed away earlier this year, his music will live on for generations to come, CNN reports. But apparently, an unparalleled legacy isn’t the only thing Starman left behind for us with Blackstar’s hidden image. In fact, at least one of his Easter eggs was uncovered just this week.
It was revealed that Backstar has a hidden image as a David Bowie parting gift to fans after a Reddit user shared a photo of the singer’s final album. The hidden image shows the gatefold looking spectacularly different that usual, with the solid black cover transformed into a field of glowing stars.
Apparently, this isn’t a photoshop or an illusion — in fact, if you actually own the album, you can recreate the effect at home. “A friend discovered that if you expose the Blackstar gatefold to sunlight a starfield appears,” the caption read. “What a beautiful secret.”
A beautiful hidden secret, very intentional, and one image that only took time to be revealed. Bowie’s 25th studio album, Blackstar, which came out on his 69th birthday and just two days before his death, was the first that did not feature his photo or image on the cover, the Daily Mail reported.
Most people missed Blackstar’s hidden image because they wanted to hear the music. The music itself is another parting gift by this great musician.
Sharing a story about how Blackstar has a hidden image as a parting gift from the musician to fans does create a spectacular surprise. Bowie’s son Duncan Jones wrote on Twitter, “Leaving us surprises even now. So clever. So missed.”
Leaving us surprises even now.
So clever. So missed. https://t.co/OEsNHz0F3S
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) May 3, 2021
Oh, and if you’re concerned Blackstar’s hidden image will cause irreversible damage to your beloved memorabilia, worry not: Once the light source is removed, the galaxy fades away.
So, as we all knew, his legacy lives on long after death. After news of Bowie’s death broke, the video for the single ‘Lazarus’ was hailed as being loaded with meaning about his fate, while fans flocked to the ‘Aladdin Sane’ mural painted in Brixton, south London, the place of Bowie’s birth. There was also a dodgy mural painted in Sheffield, but we don’t talk about that.
When Bowie died, Visconti said: “He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us.” As the internet continues to provide reminders of the power of his art, it’s clear Visctonti’s on the money.
MSN said that as Blackstar’s hidden image becomes a parting gift from David Bowie to fans, some suspected that it only appeared after the packaging was left exposed to sunlight for an extended period of time. Others surmised there was no change at all — that thinner paper was used inside the gatefold so a star image printed inside would be exposed beneath light instantly.