This David Bowie image, snapped earlier this evening, adorns an east-facing wall of the Beverly Hills Sofitel. I don’t know what Bowie looked like in 1969 but he was two years away from Hunky Dory (long blonde hair, no heavy glam makeup) and sure as hell hadn’t adopted his Ziggy Stardust persona, which wouldn’t happen until 1972. Think of it — Sofitel management actually paid someone to paint a misdated Bowie portrait on their hotel, and in so doing made the whole team look like idiots.

Taken at the corner of Beverly Blvd. and La Cienega — Monday, 1.3, 8:45 pm.

Peak Ziggy mode in ’72 (or maybe ’73).