Perhaps Clyde Commons bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler was right yesterday when he Tweeted, 2016: The year the music died. People in bars and restaurants throughout Portland are raising glasses in communal appreciation of Prince, the late great musician who passed away at the age of 57 on Thursday, April 21, and fans of Voodoo Doughnut are expressing their emotions in the form of Prince tribute doughnuts: deep-fried and artistically decorated doughnuts made in honor of beloved musicians, artists, sports stars, and other greats.
In fact, thanks to the Voodoo Doughnut tribute doughnuts phenomenon (VDTDP, for short), we can now fairly measure an individual's greatness in Voodoo tribute doughnuts: Prince tribute doughnuts have blown up off the charts on Voodoo's Instagram feed.
"It's the most liked photo on our Instagram and it only took 24 hours," says Voodoo Doughnut's Kevin Waterman. The first four Prince tribute doughnuts shared on Instagram have each received more than 1,000 Likes in the past 24 hours, with an outpouring of laments filling the comments. Waterman says Prince tribute doughnut orders have been flowing in, and he wants to remind would-be orderers the doughnut shops need at least 24 hours notice for all pre-orders.
Voodoo Doughnut has also released a raspberry-filled, purple topped doughnut for .99 cents—"doughnating" a portion of the proceeds to a "Prince-inspired" charity—and the special runs through Sunday (Waterman says the doughnuts have been flying off the shelves, so some shops may face shortages).
Without further ado, here are Voodoo Doughnut's Prince tribute doughnuts:
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