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50 years of David Bowie's hair and makeup, in one mesmerizing GIF

David Bowie, legendary singer, songwriter, and actor, died at 69 years old on Sunday, following an 18-month battle with cancer.

There were many incredible things about Bowie, but one was his image. Throughout his career, he shifted his appearance to better match his music and mood. Helen Green, an illustrator, drew Bowie's hairstyles in the years from 1964, before his rise to fame, to 2014. She then compiled all of the drawings into this single beautiful GIF:

bowie hair gif Helen Green

Bowie himself once sang, "Time may change me. But I can't trace time." Maybe he should have asked Green for help, since she evidently has no trouble tracing time.

Individual illustrations of Bowie's hairstyles and more of Green's work are available on her Tumblr.