Bernie Taupin was born in Lincolnshire, United Kingdom in 1950. His life changed when he answered a Liberty Records ad as a teenager, opening doors in London to a creative path. In 1967, he was hired as the lyricist for Reg Dwight, a young singer and piano player who changed his name to Elton John. Their bond is still strong to this day, and Taupin has made a name for himself both with words and visual art.
Although he is a native of the United Kingdom, Taupin has called California his home for the past 30 years. Therefore his recurring use of the American flag pays tribute to the American West and urban environments, both of which he cites as heavy inspiration for all he does and as patriotic reference of the freedom he appreciates.
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