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Quirky Artist Imagines 35 Music Icons As Squirrels


Music is undeniably one of the greatest things to ever happen to humanity. It’s essentially food for the soul. There is a song for each of your moods, and our emotions are enhanced whenever they are accompanied with the right piece. But music doesn’t just spring into existence — behind every song is one or many talented musicians, producers, and engineers that deserve our acknowledgment.

Everyone has their own ways of supporting their favorite artists. The cartoonist Frank Page’s mode of praise is through his drawings. However, his artistic interpretations are a bit unorthodox. Why? Well, he draws his favorite artists as squirrels! After a 17-year career drawing for the Bob the Squirrel comic strips, squirrel-ifying is second-nature to Page. In this listicle, we have compiled 35 of Page’s finest works for your enjoyment.

Freddie Mercury

It is only right to begin with a man that requires no introduction. Despite his tragic passing three decades ago, Freddie Mercury remains near and dear to many people’s hearts. The Queen vocalist was renowned for his flamboyant persona and his powerful voice. His androgynous fashion redefined masculinity back in the 70s and 80s.     

Image Credit: Frank Page @bobtsquirrel/ Instagram

Queen’s legendary 1985 concert at the Wembley stadium will forever remain one of the greatest events in music. Mercury went on stage and made 80,000 people sing along with his improvised “Ay-oh”s. Here, Freddie the squirrel wore the same mustache, white wife-beater, and yellow jacket. Page even included Mercury’s chest hair!  

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper might as well be the dictionary definition of the word “flamboyant.” The Godfather of Shock Rock is well known for his eccentric personality and fashion. His live shows are nothing less than a circus experience. Cooper strongly discourages substance abuse, has pushed through his own addictions, and has helped other musicians recover. 

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Alice Cooper is notorious for his heavy facial makeup and flashy wardrobe. Throughout his career, he always wore the same style of eye makeup, which became his signature. Cooper is also an avid snake lover. He raised many of these reptiles and frequently showcased them in his concerts and album covers. 

Elton John

“Rocket Man” Elton John is one of the greatest performers from the UK music scene. During his six- decade-long career, he became one of the highest selling artists of all time. Despite his father pressuring him to become a banker in the early days, Elton forged his own path.

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Elton John also managed to establish his own signature wardrobe. He often dons bright-colored semi-formal men’s attire. His flamboyant dresses are often encrusted with gemstones and colorful feathers. Elton the Squirrel wears the same attire. He is also accompanied (pardon the pun) by a grand piano, which was often featured on his album covers. 

Snoop Dogg

It is impossible not to know who Snoop Dogg is if you are a Gen Z or Millenial. He is a key figure in the hip-hop music scene. Not only is he a great musician, he’s also famous for his humorous personality. He’s dabbled in comedic commentaries and worked with Food Network.    

Image Credit: Frank Page @bobtsquirrel/ Instagram

Frank Page, of course, made a squirrelified version of Snoop. The squirrel is adorned with Snoop’s braided ponytail and facial hair. He is often seen wearing sunglasses and metal chains around his neck. The only thing missing is a lit-up joint in his hands. What even is Snoop Dogg without his beloved marijuana? 

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran is another key pop culture figure. This British man has proven time and time again how talented he is with his wonderful music. “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill” from Sheeran’s 2017 album ÷ (pronounced “divide”) garnered global popularity and became the best selling album worldwide of 2017.   

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Unlike others on this list, Sheeran doesn’t have a flashy wardrobe. He is rather down to earth when it comes to his clothes and prefers letting his craft speak for itself. Sheeran often wears baggy clothes in his concerts and day-to-day life. Sheeran the Squirrel also has ginger hair and the trusty acoustic guitar.  

Adele

Hello; it’s Adele. If you don’t know who Adele is, you probably live under a rock. She is the voice of this generation. Adele does not pump out tracks as frequently as her peers, but when she does, it’s always quality material. Her album 21 is the best selling album of the 21st century.  

Image Credit: Frank Page @bobtsquirrel/ Instagram

Adele is known for her dark, elegant wardrobe. In her live shows, she would often be seen wearing floor-length evening gowns. Her dresses are mostly black, though she switches it up often. Her wardrobe pairs very well with her emotional-yet-elegant lyrics. Adele the Squirrel manages to capture that essence very well. 

Tom Petty

Tom Petty is best-known as the former vocalist and guitarist of the 1970’s band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He garnered critical and commercial success both as a band and a solo musician. He is still considered one of the best selling artists of all time with more than 80 million albums sold.

Image Credit: Frank Page @bobtsquirrel/ Instagram

Compared to his rockstar peers of the 70s and 80s, Petty had a rather tame fashion. In his live shows, he would wear chic costumes. Later, he started wearing semi-formal outfits. Despite his anticlimactic wardrobe, Petty was famous for his hairstyle. During his younger days, he maintained straight blond hair parted in the middle.  

Jimmy Page

It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Jimmy Page is one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Page is a founding member of the legendary band, Led Zeppelin. He entered the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame twice, first for his work with The Yard Birds and later with Led Zeppelin.  

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Jimmy Page wore the glamorous costumes typical of rockstars in the 70s/80s. His signature was his dark long and curly hair that trickled down wildly. Page was also credited for popularizing Gibson’s double-necked guitars. He was one of the few people back then who could maneuver the complicated instrument.   

Robert Plant

Robert Plant is yet another legendary musician from Led Zeppelin. He was the lead singer and lyricist of the group. Even after the band dissolved, Plant went on to have a successful solo career. He often collaborated with other musicians, and entered the Hall of Fame in 1995 with Led Zeppelin.    

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Plant did not have a very flashy wardrobe, but he did have wild-looking curly blonde hair. Long hair was quite common in the 60s, as were the unbuttoned shirts Plant would wear during his live performances. He would meander around the stage, tamborine in hand, with his torso exposed and beaded necklaces on.

Dolly Parton

It’s impossible not to love this gem of a woman. Not only is she a terrific musician and key figure of country music, she is also a wonderful soul. Over her more-than-half-century-long career, Parton sold more than 100 million records. She also dabbled in acting.

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The “Jolene” star established her own fashion sense right from her debut. Her blond hair was always styled immaculately and often adorned with flowers. She tended to wear bright colors, glittery makeup, and red lipstick. Dolly the Squirrel capturesher personality accurately with the banjo in her hand.     

Prince

There is no doubt that Prince was one of the greatest musicians of his generation. His superbly versatile voice and unbelievable instrumental talent is widely praised. He is also one of the best-selling music artists of all time with more than 120 millions album sales. Prince was rightfully inducted into several Music Halls of Fame.

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Prince was known for his flamboyant personality and androgynous fashion sense along with his affinity for the color purple. His costumes often had frills, which were considered feminine back in his heyday. Prince did his makeup and adorned intricate hairstyles, thus breaking both racial and gender stereotypes.  

Bob Marley

Bob Marley lived only 36 years, but that was more than enough time to solidify his position as one of the greatest musicians ever. Marley popularized Jamaican music and pioneered reggae, selling a staggering 75 million album copies. His 1984 album, Legend, became the best-selling reggae album of all time 

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Bob Marley’s clothing was always down to earth. Unlike most of his peers, he preferred mundane attire like as a simple shirt or jacket. However, dreadlocks were a consistent part of his image. Page also included Marley’s beloved football. The bird perching on his guitar is an homage to his song, “Three Little Birds.”

 Weird Al Yankovic

Older Gen Zers may recall the parody music video boom on YouTube during the early 2010s. Well, Weird Al Yankovic had been doing the same thing since the mid 70s on a much broader scale. He is famous for his parodies of famous songs and their music videos.        

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Yankovic always wore very colorful, eccentric clothes. His shirts and shoes woere often adorned with bright polka dots. To this day, he has the same long dark curly hair. Yankovic’s instruments of choice are the vocals, accordion, and keyboards. His journey is captured in a biopic starring Daniel Radcliff as Yankovic.

Brian May

Brian May is another talented soul from the 70s rock band, Queen. His collaboration with his bandmates resulted in some of the finest songs in rock music history. Not only is he one of the top 10 guitarists in the world, he is also both a doctor in astrophysics and an animal rights activist. 

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Compared to his bandmate Freddie Mercury, Brian had a comparatively tame wardrobe. In the earlier days of Queen, we wore glossy, flowy robes. Later, he settled for casual, comparatively simple-looking shirts and pants. However, throughout his career and to this day, he’s always had the same long curly hair.   

Neil Young

The “Godfather of Grunge”, Neil Young, is known for his high tenor vocals. Though he started off as a solo artist, he joined rock band Buffalo Springfield in 1997. He usually fuses rock, folk, and country music together. Rolling Stone placed Neil Young number 34 on their list of the greatest modern music artists.

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Neil Young is rather down to earth when it comes to clothes. During his live performances, he was almost always seen wearing simple checkerboard patterned shirts. He consistently wears cowboy hats, which he claims is for covering his bald head. Page managed to capture all of his characteristics as well as his beloved guitar. 

Lemmy 

Lemmy, of British rock band Motorhead, has lived quite the rockstar life. He founded the band in 1975 and served as the lead vocalist and bassist of the group. Lemmy also wrote most of Motorhead’s lyrics. He was known for his raspy singing voice, which might’ve had something to do with his raging alcoholism.

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Lemmy establoshed his signature fashion very early on. He had distinctive facial hair as well as a military-inspired wardrobe. He mostly wore black with golden accents, including a hat with a pirate logo. The red cups make a lot of sense — Lemmy used to chug down a bottle of Jack Daniel’s everyday.   

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan had a very short mainstream career. However, seven years with the band Double Trouble was more than enough to solidify his position as one of the all-time-greats in blues. He was widely praised for his skills as a guitarist, with a level of mastery that rivalled legends such as Jimi Hendrix. 

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Stevie Ray Vaughan was very fond of cowboy hats and fedoras. His hats were often decorated with various jewels and colorful feathers, making them even more eye-catching. Vaughan was also well known for imprinting his initials, “SRV,” on his guitars. Frank Page captured all of the characteristics in Vaughan’s Squirrel alter ego.    

Dee Snider

Dee Snider is the frontman of American heavy metal band Twisted Sister. He is often considered to be among the top metal vocalists on the planet. Surprisingly, Snider was a church choir singer in his younger days. In 1976, he became the vocalist and sole songwriter of Twisted Sister.   

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Like many other heavy metal musicians, Dee Snider wore heavy face paint. His signature pattern consists of electric blue eyeshadow and bright red triangles on both cheeks. Throughout his career, Snider had the same unruly, curly, blonde hair, although with age, his golden hair has since turned white. 

Meat Loaf

Meat Loaf is famous for his powerful and versatile vocal range. He is easily in the list of best-selling artists, amassing over 100 million sales worldwide. Meatloaf is renowned for his theatrical stage performances. He was especially popular in Europe. His 1994 album earned him a Brit Award in the same year. 

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Since his performances were hugely threartrical, it is not too surprising that his costumes matched the vibe. Meat Loaf’s outfits looked like they came out of a Shakespearean play. It’s not too shocking that he worked on Broadway. He had long dark hair that paired very well with dramatic performances.        

Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins had a memorable punk rock career. His band State of Alert disbanded within a year. Later, he formed the Rollins Band. Rollins is a man of many talents. Aside from music, he delves into journalism and poetry. He is also a supporter of LGBTQ rights, world peace, and prevention of world hunger.   

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During his punk era, Henry Rollins did not have a costume; he was mostly shirtless on the stage. His torso would be exposed and all of his tattoos would be on display during the performance. It was quite popular among the fans back then. Page had nailed his persona down to all the tattoos.  

Bono

Bono is the frontman of Irish band U2. He is widely recognized for his spiritual and rebellious lyrics that oftne inorporate bilical imagery. He and his band would often speak out against the various political and societal issues of the world. Bono has received a Grammy Award an astounding 22 times!    

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The color black is a key feature of Bono’s fashion. He is almost never seen without something black on. For his stage performances, he would often wear a black leather jacket. As for his hair, it’s always slicked back. Another one of his signature fashion items is his sunglasses. 

Joe Cocker

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Joe Cocker is one of the greatest vocalists that ever lived. His unique bluesy vocals were always a fan favorite. During his 43-year career, he released 22 albums, won a Grammy, and was nominated for the Best British Male Artist. 

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Joe did not have a flamboyant wardrobe. He wore semi-casual attire during his live performances. Many accounts say that his music was a bigger priority than his looks. Despite his love for muted colors, Joe sometimes dabbled in tie dye t-shirts. Page’s squirrel version captured the Cocker of those occasions.  

John Denver

John Denver was a beautiful, talented soul who was taken away far too soon. He was “among the most beloved entertainers of his era.” His romantic lyrics spoke of his love for nature and his contempt for urban life. He composed 200 songs all by himself before he died tragically in a plane crash.   

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Denver had a fondness for button-up shirts, which he would often wear in checkerboard or floral patterns. Due to bad eyesight, Denver wore glasses. He had silky blonde hair that was often parted in the middle. John the Squirrel holds Denver’s beloved acoustic guitar.

Slash (Guns N Roses)

Slash, from the legendary rock band Guns N Roses, is widely regarded as one of greatest guitarists of all time. Slash’s music career started way back in 1981, but even though it’s been more than four decades, he is still going strong. He entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 2012. 

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During his long career, slash managed to establish his own unique fashion sense. Vogue Magazine even dubbed him “Rock and Roll’s Best-Dressed Guitarist.” Slash is well known for wild, long, curly hair as well as his signature top hats. Frank page managed to accurately capture all of that in his sketches.

Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen was the frontman of the rock band, Van Halen. There is no doubt that he is among one of the greatest guitarists in rock history. He is credited for popularizing the “tapping” guitar technique. To this day, his instrumental skills are celebrated among modern day musicians. He also played the keyboard. 

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In his earlier days, Van Halen commonly wore sleeveless tops with baggy jeans. His long black hair flowed down during his performances. The most distinctive feature about him is his guitar. He played the Ibanez Destroyer guitar in the early days but later customized his own instrument to include his signature crisscross pattern.

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz is a man of many talents. Not only does he dabble in many musical genres, he also plays various instruments. He broke records by winning four Grammy awards, four years in a row, in the Best Male Vocal Performance category. He is the cousin of Al Roker and father of Zoë Kravitz. 

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Lenny’s outfits are mostly black. He has a few facial piercings as well as some tattoos. Dreadlocks are a consistent part of Lenny’s image. He is also credited for popularizing Gibson’s Flying V guitars, which he uses often in his live shows. The squirrel version of Lenny encapsulates all of his features perfectly.

Ronnie James Dio

Ronnie James Dio is a legendary figure in the heavy metal music scene. He led and founded several metal bands during his nearly five-decade-long music career. He is affiliated with bands such as Black Sabbath, Dio, Elf, Rainbow and Heaven & Hell. He is credited for popularizing the devil horns gesture in metal. 

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James Dio did not put on face paints like many other heavy metal artists. His wardrobe consisted mostly of black. Just like many other heavy metal artists, he kept his hair long, though with age, his hairline receded quite a lot — all of which Page managed to capture in his squirrel drawing. 

Ray Charles

There is no doubt that Ray Charles was an absolute genius. God may have robbed him of his sight, but Charles rose above his handicap to become one of the most iconic and influential artists in American music history. Billy Joel once argued that Ray Charles was more talented and musically important than Elvis Presley.

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As someone who practiced jazz and blues, it was no surprise that Ray Charles’ instrument of choice was a grand piano. Charles wore formal suits with a bow tie during his performances. He almost always wore thick-rimmed black sunglasses due to blindness. He was said to be a jolly and passionate person.

Bob Dylan

Even if you don’t listen to Bob Dylan’s music, you’ve probably heard of his name. He is regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time. His soulful writing has earned him a Nobel Prize as well as 10 Grammies. He amassed over 125 million records sales all over the world. 

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Bob Dylan does not wear anything flashy; the attention falls solely on his music. Over the years, he changed his hairstyles occasionally, but always kept it natural. In the drawing, the squirrel is accompanied by Dylan’s beloved acoustic guitar. There are many music sheets littered around his feet, indicating his lyrical talent. 

Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder lives up to his last name. He is considered a pioneer in musical genres such as R&B, jazz and pop. He was a child prodigy who came to the spotlight at 11. At 13, he became the youngest person to chart in the Billboard. No wonder they call him a wonder!

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Stevie Wonder wears a colorful palette. Sunglasses are a consistent part of his wardrobes. He had short hair in his younger days, but as he grew older, he started growing long dreadlocks. Wonder can play many instruments, but the grand piano is his weapon of choice. He plays it regularly in his live shows.

Angus Young

Angus Young co-founded the legendary hard rock band, AC/DC. Currently, he is the only remaining member from the original line up fifty years ago. Rolling Stone dubbed him one of greatest guitarists of all time. He was inducted in the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame with his band in 2003.    

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Angus Young is a very energetic performer who would run around the stage and gesture enthusiastically. He is also quite famous for doing Chuck Berry’s duck walk — which is a fan favorite. As for his wardrobe, he is quite notorious for wearing schoolboy outfits. It makes sense for such a high-energy performer!  

Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper’s debut album, She’s So Unusual (1983), makes a lot of sense when you look at her. She’s sold more than 50 million records worldwide and has won Grammies as well as a Tony for her Broadway contributions. During her forty years in the limelight, Lauper dabbled in acting and activism alongside music.  

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Cyndi Lauper had a very eccentric style. Her rainbow dresses were frilly and glittery, and her makeup was equally flamboyant. Cyndi also tended to experiment a lot with her hairstyles. She would alter her hair color very often. Frank page certainly nailed his drawing of Cyndi as a squirrel!    

 Tina Turner

The “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll” began as the lead singer of Ike and Tina Turner Revue, a band that Tina founded with with her former husband. Both their marriage and their band eventually collapsed due to Ike’s drug abuse and domestic violence. Thankfully, Tina bounced back with a far more successful solo career. 

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Tina was a major glamour icon back in the 70s. She wore gorgeous seductive costumes during her live performances. One of Tina’s key physical features was her blond highlights. Despite changing her hairstyle many times throughout her career, her blond highlights reamin a trademark. Frank page captured her persona perfectly. 

Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell was affiliated with many legendary rock bands, such as Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog. He is widely praised as a key figure of the grunge movement of the 90s. He won three Grammies and was nominated a full 18 times. Sadly, Cornell took his own life in 2017. 

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Chris Cornell preferred a simple-yet-stylish wardrobe. While he didn’t care for gemstones or feathers, he still managed to look very handsome in his mundane clothes. He often performed shirtless on stage. Chris Cornell was very good looking with his long dark hair and sharp features. Sadly, the squirrel could not capture that. 

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson was a key figure in the American country music scene as well as the most important artist in the outlaw country subgenre. Nelson survived the Great Depression and went on to become one of the greatest American musicians ever. He strongly supports the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana in the USA.

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It’s hard to miss Willie Nelson. How often do you see a white old man with waist-length braids? Willie also likes to wear bandanas. Occasionally he would switch them with cowboy hats, but he ALWAYS wears a white, blue, and red-striped scarf. Of course, he owns a guitar just like any other country musician.