Turns out Duff's not the only artist who found comfort in Prince's music and lyrics during his formative years. Our friend Jen Boyles at SW's sister paper City Pages, has a conversation with Seattle artist Troy Gua about the inspiration for his new creation, the "Le Petit Prince" doll.
Here's a excerpt from their conversation:
What is it about Prince in particular that influenced you?
Prince was introduced to me by my sister right as I was hitting puberty, and I was immediately transfixed by this ultra-sexual, androgynous, other-worldly creature's equally alien and ambiguous music, message, and indeed his entire aesthetic. He was so confident, so self-assured, so astoundingly talented, so... weird. It was exactly what I, as a skinny, awkward pubescent kid who always felt different, needed - a hero that I could relate to and aspire to be like.