David Bowie’s Blackstar album artwork has been released for fans to use freely to pay tribute to the late artist.
Marking a rare case in the licensing of album artwork, fans have been told they are free to use the imagery to ‘make t-shirts for yourself, use them as tattoos or put them up in your house to remember David by.’
The graphic designer behind several of Bowie’s album covers, including Blackstar, Jonathan Barnbrook has released the design elements for the album under a Creative Commons NonCommercial ShareAlike license.
The license means that the elements can be used by fans for non-commercial purposes and can be downloaded here.
In a statement issued on the release of the artwork, Barnbrook said: “In the spirit of openness and in remembrance of David we are releaseing the artwok elements of hiss last album, Blackstar.
“That means you can make t-shirts for yourself, use them for tattoos, put them up in your house to remember David by and adapt them too.”
Barnbrook has asked that in the spirit of the gesture, the elements will not be used in any way to create or sell commercial products with them or based on them.