NY Magazine recently commissioned a bunch of designers to reimagine the mistress of all the surveys, Lady Gaga, just in time for her new album’s release. While it’s hard to out-weird someone who wears a meat dress and goes to a Mets game in her underwear, several cartoonists gave it a shot, including Ariel Shrag, David Reese, Tim Hensley and Mike Keefe.
We’re especially fond of the Mike Keefe scorpion. He tagged it ““Sexy, dangerous, and a little bit creepy.”
Vanessa Davis wrote: “More than just a new look for Gaga, I think we just want to see more of Gaga. How can we get more Gaga?”
Tim Hensley (Wally Gropius) offered a cleft palate: ““Lady Gaga obtains a cleft lip from a cosmetic surgeon to spread her message of universal tolerance. What if you could change the life of a diva?”
But Jim Lee’s has gotten the most exposure, even though it is perhaps the least daring: “My goal was to showcase what made Lady Gaga so creatively dynamic—from her music to her costumes to her hair to her flair for theatrical performances—and interpret her as a thoroughly modern and contemporary superhero. Part otherworldly, part vixen, part Lady Darque, my take on Lady Gaga showcases the eclectic elements which define her talent and style.”
Given Lady Gaga’s endless invention, we might see any of these — or all of them –before the tour is up.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.