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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Wear Thunderbird Jackets After Wedding


In photos released to E! Entertainment Television, power couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are seen wearing leather jackets that feature a thunderbird design and the words "Just" (on Kanye) and "Married" (on Kim). The two were wed in a ceremony in Italy on Saturday.

The thunderbird is a character in stories told by Native Americans for centuries, and artistically speaking it's one of the most widespread symbols in Native culture, a component of the iconography of numerous Indian tribes.  According to Complex.com, the jackets were made by Schott and the thunderbird design was created by Wes Lang, an artist whose work mashes up images from a familiar set of sources, including tattoo culture, pinup art, and Grateful Dead aesthetics. And yes, American Indians are among Lang's obsessions -- merchandise he designed for Kanye's "Yeezus" tour included t-shirts featuring a skeleton wearing a feather headdress.

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Lang's works on paper are typically a mixture of painting and drawing, and sometimes have elements of collage. Here's a typical example, "The Pagent" (from weslang.blogspot.com), which features tipis, a tomahawk, and the lightning bolt (also a feature of the thunderbird design) in addition to portraits of Indians and an Indian skeleton.

Wes Lang, 'The Pagent,' 2012 acrylic, india ink, colored pencil and oilstick on paper. Source: weslang.blogspot.com

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Submitted by monkette on
Well, they have good taste. Like any other people that want to exploit others, we will watch what they do with our culture. Everyone needs a good thunderbird jacket.

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Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
Frankly, I can't stand EITHER of these two people! They are the epitome of shallow and they certainly deserve each other. I don't care much about their jackets (they're cool though) as long as they use respect while wearing them (something I doubt either of these two know the meaning of).