Did These T-Shirts Inspire Kanye West’s ‘Bound 2’ Music Video?

A still from Kanye West’s “Bound 2” music video.
Photo: Def Jam Records

It’s been over a week now since Kanye West debuted his music video for “Bound 2” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and yet, we STILL can’t stop talking about it. Part of that is due to a second wave of attention spurned by Seth Rogen and James Franco’s “Bound 3” parody which took the interwebz by storm earlier this week. The other part is because we’re probably never going to get over seeing Kim’s nippleless silhouetted boobs. #imprinted4life Regardless of how or why, the moving visuals for the Yeezus closing track are still a very hot topic, even for Ye himself, who revealed the treatment for the surreal Americana steelo in an interview with Power 105.1 FM’s The Breakfast Club. “I wanted to take white trash t-shirts and turn it into a video,” Kanye divulged.

While it’s unclear what exactly Ye is referring to with that “white trash t-shirts” nod, we think we know where he’s going with the reference—those weird tees printed with images of howling wolves and dolphins and way oversized animal faces that used to be nerdy and have since resurfaced ironically in hipsters’ (and Tyler the Creator’s) closets. Sure, Jerry Saltz’s comparisons to Richard Prince’s Cowboy photographs did more to elevate the work than the parallels we’re about to draw, but we like to think it was Kanye’s aim all along to pull from and marry the high and low brow ends of the cultural matrix. And so, without further ado, here are nine t-shirts we think might have inspired the treatment for Kanye West’s “Bound 2” music video.

THE SHOT:

A still from Kanye West’s “Bound 2” music video.
Photo: Def Jam Records

After panned shots of snowy mountaintops and rolling fog, an eagle flies across the shot as dawn breaks.

THE SHIRT:

Eagle shirt.
Photo: The Mountain

Here, three slightly menacing eagles circle a purple mountain majesty on a $20.00 t-shirt.

THE SHOT:

A still from Kanye West’s “Bound 2” music video.
Photo: Def Jam Records

A team of white horses gallop through a creek directly toward the camera.

THE SHIRTS:

Horse shirts.
Photo: The Mountain

Elements of this shot appear on two different t-shirts: the brown stampede one provides the head-on angle, while this “Like The Wind” shirt may have inspired the cool pastel color palette.

THE SHOT:

A still from Kanye West’s “Bound 2” music video.
Photo: Def Jam Records

More horses. Only this time, there are some brown ones and they’re traveling on dry land.

THE SHIRT:

Horses shirts.
Photo: The Mountain

A shirt depicting brown horses on brown land.

THE SHOT:

A still from Kanye West’s “Bound 2” music video.
Photo: Def Jam Records

The open highway leads straight ahead to fluffy cumulonimbus clouds and terracotta brown mesas in the distance.

THE SHIRT:

Southwest shirt.
Photo: The Mountain

This is basically the same thing, right??

THE SHOT:

A still from Kanye West’s “Bound 2” music video.
Photo: Def Jam Records

Nippleless Kim sprawls out, wrong-side-up across the back of Ye’s motorcycle.

THE SHIRT:

Mudflap Girl shirt.
Photo: Amazon

Of COURSE! She’s a human interpretation of the Mudflap Girl (who also doesn’t have nipples).

THE SHOT:

A still from Kanye West’s “Bound 2” music video.
Photo: Def Jam Records

Night falls and Kim’s still in the same position, but now we can see her, lips slightly parted, profiled against a full moon.

THE SHIRT:

Three wolves shirt.
Photo: The Mountain

We like to think this is a reference to the now-infamous Three Wolf Moon shirt. I mean, look at the crater details on both. They’re nearly identical! You don’t just ~happen~ upon the same angle of the moon like that…

THE SHOT:

A still from Kanye West’s “Bound 2” music video.
Photo: Def Jam Records

Finally, Kim gets to sit up and is pictured feeling the wind in her hair atop the “moving” bike.

THE SHIRT:

Vintage motorcycle lady shirt.
Photo: eBay

A similarly scantily clad lady (though, this t-shirt woman is actually wearing a “top” in the way of a studded leather harness situation) strikes a very similar pose on this vintage, tie-dyed chopper tee.

THE SHOT:

A still from Kanye West’s “Bound 2” music video.
Photo: Def Jam Records

Kanye opens his arms and points his face toward the sky at the lyric, “Jesus wept.”

THE SHIRT:

The Mountaintop shirt.
Photo: Karmaloop

Listen, I recognize that this is a HUGE stretch, but looking at this shirt, we can’t help but project that this is an illustration of Kanye putting together this “Bound 2” video, conjuring ideas on a mountaintop, watching them play out first in his mind’s eye. PLUS, if you look hard enough, you’ll see this dude is wearing two plaid shirts! (JK, he’s not, but he IS wearing a lot of fringe, which is a thing Ye’s been doing lately, too.)

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