Prince‘s love-mostly hate relationship with the Internet is well documented, from sparring with his own fan sites to shuttered Twitter accounts to advertised Facebook chats that only last one question. However, the rocker continues to ease back from his anti-Internet stance. First, he aligned with Tidal to bring his immense catalog and new album to the digital realm and now with the arrival of a new verified Instagram account – dubbed “Princestagram,” naturally – that’s already been inundated with live photos, fan art and memes.
Prince’s official Twitter account, which he shares with his backing band 3rdEyeGirl, confirmed the impending launch of the Princestagram page on October 18th. The account went live two days ago and already 88 photos were posted at press time, including one video of the operator of the page collating all the photos on a Prince-adorned desktop.
In addition to live shots and publicity photos from all eras of Prince, popular memes concerning the Purple Rain star are also being collected, including one featuring Dave Chappelle’s legendary Prince impression. “This bores me,” the meme reads with a frown emoji in the caption, perhaps a comment on Prince’s actual attitude towards social media. The page also features random magazine clippings – including Rolling Stone‘s preview of 3rdEyeGirl’s Plectrumelectrum – as well as one photo documenting a “chocolate overdose.”
Prince’s Instagram is a major step into modernity for the singer who once hired the Web Sheriff to have all photos of him removed from his own fan sites, causing a rift between the rocker and his Purple Army that ultimately resulted in the diss track “PFUnk.”