Lil Nas X is reportedly all set to release a collection of exclusive “Satan-themed shoes,” and fans can’t seem to quite wrap their heads around this bizarre development.
Just a day after his ‘MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)‘ music video took the internet by storm, Montero Lamar Hill, AKA Lil Nas X, found himself on the Twitter trending page yet again, this time with his wild collaboration with retail start-up MSCHF surfaced online:
MSCHF x Lil Nas X "Satan Shoes" 🏹
👟Nike Air Max '97
🩸Contains 60cc ink and 1 drop of human blood
🗡️666 Pairs, individually numbered
🗓️March 29th, 2021 pic.twitter.com/XUMA9TKGSX
— SAINT (@saint) March 26, 2021
The Satan-themed pair of Air Max 97 are a custom from the same people that created the Air Max 97 “Jesus Shoes” from 2019, pictured below.
MSCHF x INRI Nike Air Max 97 “Jesus Shoes”
This ‘Jesus’ sneakers also featured biblical references; the right heel has INRI (Iesus Nazaraeus Rex Iudaeorum) embroidered on it, which translates to “Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews” along with “MT. 14:25” printed on the lateral toe, in reference to the story of Jesus walking on water.
The shoe also comes with a crucifix on the laces of the right sneaker and has 60cc of Holy Water filled in the air bubbles. The water is reportedly sourced directly from the River Jordan.
MSCHF & Lil Nas X Air Max 97 “Satan Shoes”
If the association with Satan wasn’t clear enough, there are reportedly 666 pairs that have been manufactured, with each pair bearing a message from Luke 10: 18 of The Bible which references Satan’s banishment from heaven: “I saw Satan fall like lightening from heaven.”
However, the most sinister reveal lies in the classic air max bubbles of the 97 sneaker, which are reportedly filled with 66cc of red ink and “one drop of human blood”.
Right down to the box artwork and even the shoe design itself, which features a pentagram emblem sitting on the laces, the design process must have been an extensive one.
But the question we all want to know the answer to is, where are they getting the human blood from?!
To make more sense of this crazy collaboration and devilish design, watch the MONTERO music video below.
Lil Nas X is certainly leaning into his hellish aesthetic – the music video for MONTERO depicts him descending into hell and romanticising Lucifer himself before then giving him an erotic lap dance.
Some loved it, saying it’s a celebration of Nas X’s sexuality. Others, including parents, felt it was too extreme especially considering Nas X’s younger audience, who came to know him through ‘Old Town Road.’
The reaction on Twitter has been unmissable, here are our some of our favourite memes.
What’s in the sole👀 pic.twitter.com/J6u70MWZTi
— jacques turned to michael scott (@turnedjacques) March 26, 2021
Where they getting the blood from… pic.twitter.com/rNL4LgQoYk
— . (@RewindXBL) March 26, 2021
WHOS BLOOD pic.twitter.com/hZBxOflWbL
— matty (@matthewrdriguez) March 26, 2021
God watching ya'll cop these pic.twitter.com/QcJonarRnA
— ♊️ (@kxngKEVO) March 27, 2021
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