About Bowie’s eyes.
Bowie had come to blows with a friend, George Underwood, over a girl they were both hoping to date.
Both were just 15 at the time and their friendship seemingly remained intact. The two performed together in various bands before Underwood turned from music to painting and graphics. But Bowie’s left eye remained seriously damaged.
An impulsive punch had accidentally scratched the eyeball, resulting in paralysis of the muscles that contract the iris. From that day, Bowie’s left pupil remained in a fixed open position (anisocoria).
Over time, Bowie apparently thanked his friend for his notorious eye injury, telling Underwood that it gave him “a kind of mystique”.
Credits: animated photo by Helen Green helengreenillustration.com
; Bowie's eyes detail from Bowie: the eyes of an icon. Stephen Luff/flickr, CC BY. Full story at http://goo.gl/ZKoJcN