Scorpions’ Blackout: Gottfried Helnwein’s Doppelganger

Yesterday I stumbled across this photograph by Peter B. Kaplan (see above) over at Hey Okay. Even though I had never seen it before, it seemed familiar. At first, I thought it was just the quality of the photo that triggered some random memory, reminding me for some reason of the 1980s. But after a second look today, turns out the worker in mirrored sunglasses is the key. He’s channeling an expression that’s eerily similar to the weirdo with bent forks taped over his eyes on the cover of the Scorpions album Blackout. Coincidence? Or was artist Gottfried Helnwein (pictured on the cover of Blackout) also involved in the construction of the World Trade Center?

[World Trade Center photo: Peter B. Kaplan]

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josh-Lucas/100003116874083 Josh Lucas

    the “weirdo” in the Blackout cover happens to be a self-portrait of the artist himself, Gottfried Helnwein

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josh-Lucas/100003116874083 Josh Lucas

    the “weirdo” in the Blackout cover happens to be a self-portrait of the artist himself, Gottfried Helnwein

  • Solomosaic

    that guy mooning manhattan was a friend of mine that i met in Miami through other great friends. his name was Dickie Riley, one of the funniest and greatest i have ever met. he worked on The World Trade Center during its construction as a Union Steel Worker,and he was also involved in the demolition work many years later after the 9-11 attacks. unfortunatly Dickie passed away about two years ago,suffering from illnesses related to working in such toxic conditions at ground zero. he was a hell of a guy,one who i will miss dearly.