The term “multi-hyphenate” is much-bastardized in modern online discourse, but it certainly applies to Joe Exotic. The gun-toting polygamist of Netflix’s Tiger King previously appeared in his own self-produced reality TV show and podcast, ran several (failed) political campaigns, and boasts a surprisingly not-all-awful country music career. Oh, and he’s also an actual fucking big cat-whisperer.
Exotic might be the real creative deal, but he’s also kinda (hugely) problematic, currently serving 22 years in prison for a harebrained murder-for-hire plot and several wildlife violations. If there’s one thing that outstrips the disgraced zoo icon’s creative achievements, it’s his roll call of criminal convictions.
Still, if we can put all that to one side for a second, Exotic’s sui generis drip has seen him emerge as a most unlikely style icon. The mulleted tiger collector is all unabashed Western glam, regularly seen in sequined shirts, fringed leather jackets, chokers, and cowboy chaps. Think a bonkers Frankenstein-hybrid of Liberace, Lil Nas X, Dog the Bounty Hunter, and Hulk Hogan. It’s awesome. He’s basically a Grand Theft Auto: Vice City character made flesh.
If, like us, you feel the time is right to inject a little flamboyance into your wardrobe, see our suggestions on nailing the Joe Exotic-look below.
Peter Grimm drifter hat
Bored in quarantine? Buy this Celtic cross hat and wear it, naked, while singing Orville Peck tunes into the mirror with a hairbrush. A solitary tear rolls down your cheek upon realizing that this is your life now.
Seth Wadley cap
Joe’s favorite dad cap. If someone asks you what it means, just pretend you’re really into Oklahoma-based car dealerships.
Oakley camo sunglasses
These shades are beasts. During self-isolation, get wear out of them while playing Call of Duty online. Just don’t let your partner see.
1017 ALYX 9SM camo long sleeve
While you’re at it, you could go full camo by wearing this army-style shirt by 1017 ALYX 9SM. That wouldn’t be sad. Not at all.
Juicy Couture jersey
You are someone who likes to wrestle with the world’s most powerful land predator on the reg. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be a trashy-chic princess.
BB-Simon rhinestone belt
Your big sister bought a rhinestone belt 20 years ago and it’s now stashed away in her attic somewhere. Asking for it would be weird, trust me. Better off buying your own.
True Religion denim shorts
Does John Cena still wear jorts in the WWE? Strange guy, now that I think of it.
Levi’s 517 Hairpin jeans
Lovely jeans, these, with a nice loose fit at the leg. Bootcuts are back, baby!
SSS World Corp Dollar Print camp shirt
Looks like something the Riddler would wear if he traded diabolical crime for a life in venture capital. Wouldn’t trust him with a single cent.
Columbia Newton Ridge boots
Ideal for the trail and your climate-controlled office.
Versace leopard print trousers
Your dad is going through a mid-life crisis and just turned up to dinner wearing these. Don’t worry, I’m sure he’ll be fine.
Perhaps best known for its sandals, cult Japanese brand Suicoke also knows how to craft a decent boot. Just a shame festival season is canceled.
Our Legacy tiger-print shirt
Trust Our Legacy to make a tiger-print shirt that isn’t obnoxious. Show your fashion stripes!
- Curator: Noah Thomas