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My Chemical Romance actually hit up a retired gay porn star for ‘tramp stamp’ tour merch

Emily Chudy May 19, 2022
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My Chemical Romance sells iconic T-shirt bearing a gay porn star's tramp stamp as official tour merch

My Chemical Romance sells iconic T-shirt bearing a gay porn star's tramp stamp as official tour merch (Ross Gilmore/WireImage via Getty Images)

My Chemical Romance is selling a T-shirt bearing a gay porn star’s “tramp stamp” of the band’s name because of course they are.

As the band embarks on its long-awaited UK reunion tour, eagle-eyed fans have noticed that My Chemical Romance’s merchandise is a little more quirky than usual.

Alongside a T-shirt calling the band “the saddest boys in the world!”, one MCR tee uses a photo of a man wearing tighty-whiteys and a lower back tattoo of the band’s name.

Former sex worker Mickey Taylor revealed that he is the man in question, and that he had got the tattoo at the age of 18, inked by a friend who had never tattooed anyone before.

“It’s 100 per cent real!” He said on Twitter. “So cool to be part of one of my favourite band’s merch!”

In an interview with Them, Taylor, now a musician and animation student, said he is a “huge fan” of My Chemical Romance, and that a member of the band had contacted him because they thought the tattoo was “cool”.

“I was just freaking out as fan of the music but also just the fact they even knew me… and that they’ve most likely seen me doing some very slutty things,” Taylor said.

“I had no idea when [the T-shirts] would drop or if, but it happened and I found out through Twitter which was WILD!

“The hilarious and also super friendly comments have been incredible and it’s made the whole situation even more bizarre and fever dream-ish… None of it feels quite real.”

He added that as a queer man, being “seen by a mainstream band is a huge level of respect from them”.

He added: “I just think they could have hired anyone, like some hot woman smoking a cigarette as so many bands do and call it ‘edgy’ but they didn’t… They hired the mixed-raced, queer guy, ex-sex worker and were the ones who came up with it.”

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