Kanye West’s Yeezus Tour has just kicked off and with that came the release of his merchandise produced for the tour. West was inspired by the ’80s heavy metal albums, after all, he is “the number one rock-star on the planet.” Our favorite t-shirts are the skeleton complete in a Native American headdress and traditional garments with the caption “God Wants You” (below.) We also dig the grim reaper sporting the confederate flag.
The politically charged t-shirts roll along the same theme as Kanye’s “New Slaves.” Wes Lang, Brooklyn-based artist, is the man to thank for the incredible designs. Instead of creating the typical logo on a shirt with Kanye’s face on it, Lang produced stylish t-shirts that could stand on their own in the stores and reach record sales.
Wes Lang’s controversial pieces vary from collages to illustrations and paintings all heavy in symbolism. In his work you will notice the recurrent presence of Native Americans, skulls, birds and contemporary emblematic characters such as Mickey Mouse.
Lang also incorporates writing which reminds us of Jean-Michel Basquiat‘s work. The origins of Lang’s detailed style come from his training at a tattoo shop, which you clearly notice in his writing on the Kanye West T-shirts.
T-shirts cost $35, ($40 for XXL.) You can get a sweatshirt for $80, a tote bag for $20 and a trucker hat for $35. Let us know which one you’ll be copping.
Watch the video below if you want to learn more about Wes Lang: