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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

Cross Studded Zeke Drifter

Cross Studded Zeke Drifter

$46

Peter Grimm

Buy at amazon

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

Tiger King Hat

Tiger King Hat

$30

Seth Wadley

Buy at Seth Wadley

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

Fives Squared Sunglasses

Fives Squared Sunglasses

$146

Oakley

Buy at amazon

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

AOP LS Shirt

AOP LS Shirt

$110

Nike 1017 ALYX 9SM

Buy at Alyx

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

Gothic Crystals Jersey Rib

Gothic Crystals Jersey Rib

$15

Juicy Couture

Buy at amazon

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

Rhinestone Belt

Rhinestone Belt

$498

B.B. Simon

Buy at Pure Atlanta

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

Indigo Corduroy Shorts

Indigo Corduroy Shorts

$50

True Religion

Buy at Pure Atlanta

Does John Cena still wear jorts in the WWE? Strange guy, now that I think of it.

Levi’s 517 Hairpin jeans

517 Hairpin Jeans

517 Hairpin Jeans

$170

Levi's Vintage Clothing

Buy at Farfetch

Lovely jeans, these, with a nice loose fit at the leg. Bootcuts are back, baby!

SSS World Corp Dollar Print camp shirt

Dollar Print Short Sleeve Shirt

Dollar Print Short Sleeve Shirt

$107

SSS World Corp

Buy at Farfetch

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

Newton Ridge Boots

Newton Ridge Boots

$60

Columbia

Buy at Foot Locker

Ideal for the trail and your climate-controlled office.

Versace leopard print trousers

Leopard Trousers

Leopard Trousers

from $715

Versace

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)

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.

Suicoke boots

Tamb-B Rubber Boots

Tamb-B Rubber Boots

from $257

Suicoke

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)

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

Box Tiger-Print Shirt

Box Tiger-Print Shirt

$268

Our Legacy

FREE SHIPPING & RETURN

FREE SHIPPING & RETURN

Buy at Matchesfashion

Trust Our Legacy to make a tiger-print shirt that isn’t obnoxious. Show your fashion stripes!

  • Curator: Noah Thomas