In Which I Am David Bowie

Gentle Reader, if you haven’t yet learned that I adore costumes and dressing up, you are possibly a little addled, or new here. The sidebar to the left is a testament to my penchant for fancy outfits – take a look right now. Wait – is that a photograph of David Bowie?

Yes, it is. Well, not quite: it’s a photograph of your humble host here, made to look like David Bowie in his incomparable role as Jareth, the Goblin King, from Labyrinth.

The resemblance is uncanny

The resemblance is uncanny

Yes, one year I decided that I was going to do this for the whirlwind of balls, soirées, and parties that is known as Halloweekend, a constant cocktail blitz. Due to my work schedule at the time, and reliance on public transportation, David Bowie was caught unprepared, in various hilarious situations.

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My workplace at the time was also involved with a local charity function, the Ghost Train, which entertains children in a safe environment by taking them on a miniature train ride past various spooky scenes. Our theme was something to do with aliens, and for some reason David Bowie was there, too.

I really don't know what is supposed to be going on, here

I really don’t know what is supposed to be going on, here

We had both a film viewing (of Rocky Horror, at the Admiral Theatre in Bremerton) and a costume party to follow the Ghost Train, and I was a little worried about that – the makeup involved takes hours. After two hours of literal, violent, pratfalls, I was neither feeling nor looking my best. Also, somehow Jareth had transformed into a Forest-Hobo-Drag Queen, which – while frightening – is not exactly the look I had been going for.

I made a song about Forest-Hobo-Drag Queen, but it never really took off.

I made a song about Forest-Hobo-Drag Queen, but it never really took off.

Luckily, I was able to salvage the situation, and ended up well turned-out at the theatre. If it hadn’t taken me quite so long to repair my look, I was informed that I would have won the costume contest. It’s a damned shame.

Bowie 3

All in all, the costume was an unqualified success, and was well-received. I’m pretty sure that I am so good at being David Bowie that when he finally dies, people won’t notice because I’ll have secretly replaced him. You’re welcome.

Bowie 6


About Ty DeLyte

Madame DeLyte has suffered a grave disappointment - YET AGAIN - and still believes that freedom, beauty, and truth are what's valuable, rather than vulgar cash. He'd add love to that list - but, well, what can he say about love?
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2 Responses to In Which I Am David Bowie

  1. Jesi P says:

    Dearest Tyler. while you have always been a hero of mine for many reasons; you are now engraved in my heart as one of my favorite muses. Your Jareth is beyond awe inspiring!

  2. ekgo says:

    The forest hobo drag queen is like the love child of Jareth and Ziggy Stardust.
    Also, I will know you are impersonating David Bowie after he dies because, as you well know, David Bowie was my dad.

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