Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus Tour’ Merch: Skulls Wearing Confederate Flags and Native American Headdresses

Kanye West kicked off his Yeezus tour last night in Seattle last night and along with a huge setlist of hits new and old, Kanye is recasting all kinds of religious and historical iconography into his own light.

To start, his tour merch includes shirts like the one you see below, with the grim reaper/skeleton holding a scythe draped in a tattered Confederate Flag, often viewed as a symbol of racism.

(Photo via Virgil Abloh's Instagram)

(Photo via Virgil Abloh’s Instagram)

According to Complex, (via the Instagram of Kanye’s creative director Virgil Abloh) Kanye’s shirts also include a skeleton praying above a Yeezus logo done up like the classic Metallica logo:

(Photo via Virgil Abloh's Instagram)

(Photo via Virgil Abloh’s Instagram)

And one more, a skeleton wearing a Native American headdress:

(Photo via Virgil Abloh's Instagram)

(Photo via Kanye To The)

The last shirt especially recalls artist Wes Lang, who plays around with these kind of images. That or every Megadeth and Iron Maiden album cover.

Kanye also brought up a Jesus look-a-lke on stage:

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After performing under a black jewel-encrusted mask for most of the show,  Jonathan Zwickel of Stereogum said of the moment, “After 90-some minutes of anonymity, Kanye stripped off the mask and came face-to-face with the object of his quest: ‘White Jesus!’ he said to the robed, White Jesus-looking dude who strode beatifically onto the stage. ‘Holy s***! I’ve been looking for you my whole life! And f***, I just said ‘s***’ in front of Jesus!”

Watch the introduction to Kanye’s Yeezus tour below:

While the Vancouver show was recently post-ponned until October 31, the rest of the tour is set to go on as planned. Check out the full dates below.

10/19 – Seattle, WA @ KeyArena #
10/20 -Vancouver, British Columbia @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena #
10/22 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center #
10/23 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena #
10/25 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
10/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center #
10/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center #
10/31 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena #
11/01 – Salt Lake City, UT @ EnergySolutions Arena #
11/03 – Denver, CO @  Pepsi Center #
11/05 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center #
11/07 – Chicago, IL @ United Center #
11/09 – Chicago, IL @ United Center #
11/10 – Detroit, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills #
11/12 – Toronto, Ontario @ Air Canada Centre #
11/13 – Toronto, Ontario @ Air Canada Centre #
11-14 – Montreal, Quebec @ Bell Centre #
11/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
11/17 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden #
11/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
11/20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
11/21 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center #
11/23 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
11/24 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
11/29 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena  #
11/30 – Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Times Forum
12/01 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena #
12/06 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center #
12/07 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center #

#  = with Kendrick Lamar

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