The Story Behind Kourtney Kardashian’s Death Metal Shirt

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Kourtney Kardashian has been on a grunge-punk-rock kick when dating Travis Barker. In their PDA-filled relationship, she mirrored her style by reading T-shirts Bite me and suck me or in raised knits complementing its flannel. Last week, while the duo were in Venice for the Dolce & Gabbana show, we saw the best example of Kardashian taking note of Barker’s aesthetic. She was spotted holding hands with Barker and wearing a long-sleeved shirt with the image of a half-skeleton, half-man biting his own intestines, which burst from his abdomen. She wore this shirt, Cannibal Corpse merch, with a black Hermès Birkin 25cm bag.

The incredibly gruesome image, titled “Eaten Back to Life”, is by gore graphic designer Vincent Locke, a longtime Cannibal Corpse collaborator. Before Kardashian started dating Barker, it would have been an odd choice. Cannibal Corpse songs are a meat grinder of sounds: an acquired taste! My friend, who is an avid fan, describes the band as “one of the godfathers of death metal”. Imagining Kardashian zoning out to Cannibal Corpse hits like “I Cum Blood” and “Hammer Smashed Face” is an unlikely moment that hasn’t been lost on metal fans. Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast noted on Twitter: “Someone is playing Kourtney Kardashian a Cannibal Corpse song and filming her reaction challenge.” (I reached out to a Cannibal Corpse rep to see if he had a reserved comment at the widely captured moment, but alas, got no response.)

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Whether or not the group is at the top of Kardashian’s playlist is, ultimately, a little irrelevant. Her stylist, Dani Michelle, noted that the reality TV star borrowed the shirt from Barker, who already has a big rotation of punk and metal tees. “Kourt has told me before that her closet is an archive in itself. She can choose any t-shirt to wear and it’s the sweetest, coolest thing ever,” Michelle says. vogue. “Sometimes she just wants to loot it.”

For those looking to copy Kardashian, she easily has an article on her lifestyle website titled “Ways to Wear Your Partner’s Clothes,” with suggestions such as wearing an oversized leather jacket over a dress. made of silk. The drummer’s style has rubbed off on Kardashian in general, and the two have been in sync sartorially. Who knows, maybe she’ll become a die-hard Cannibal Corpse fan after wearing Barker’s t-shirt. It would be (deafening) music to our ears.

Elizabeth J. Harless