Post Malone explains his face tattoos: ‘It does maybe come from a place of insecurity’

GQ Style Spring_Summer 2020 - Cover (Single)

I have a weird love for Post Malone. I just like him, and not in the Diplo way. With Diplo, I don’t really care about what he says or does, I mostly just want to bang the sleaze out of him and then never tell a soul that it happened. But Post Malone? I don’t particularly want to bang him. I just think it’s great that this weird kid with face tattoos and a permanently-baked vibe is out here, making consistently great pop music. Post Malone (real name: Austin Post) covers the Spring/Summer issue of GQ Style, and he’s just sort of a melancholic sadboy, but also legitimately charismatic and clearly a cultural omnivore. You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

His brand is ‘cheap thrills’: Along with Bud Light, his sponsors have included Crocs, which has created limited-edition Post-branded clogs, and Doritos, which used Post Malone to help publicize its Flamin’ Hot Limón chips.

He calls his music ‘sh-tty’: “I don’t think my songs are sh-tty. I worked real hard on them. But I think that’s a way for me to say, ‘Not everybody’s going to like your sh-t, and there’s a lot of people who don’t like your sh-t, and it’s okay.’ A little self-deprecation goes a long way.”

He used to get high: But he says he quit smoking marijuana after a pot-induced anxiety attack that never completely subsided. He now likes to consume nothing stronger than alcohol.

He’s not a pretty boy: “I’m a ugly-ass motherf–ker,” he says—and he suggests that his face tattoos might be a defensive strategy. “It does maybe come from a place of insecurity, to where I don’t like how I look, so I’m going to put something cool on there so I can look at myself and say, ‘You look cool, kid,’ and have a modicum of self-confidence, when it comes to my appearance.”

He always wanted to be a hip-hop star: “I so badly wanted to be like Mac [Miller] and Travis [Scott] and [A$AP] Rocky… Finding my own identity in the whole thing was—I don’t want to say difficult, but it was a process for me. I’m 24. It’s time for me to give back and show appreciation and do whatever I can to show that I’m grateful to be able to do what I do.”

His imperfect voice: “You don’t have to sing good. You just got to be f–kin’ real about it. It’s like David Byrne said: ‘The better you sound, the less people will believe you.’”

He likes to shop & he loves guns: He already owns a Rolls-Royce Phantom, a Lamborghini Aventador SV, a McLaren 720S Spider, and a Bugatti Chiron, which he bought last summer, for around $3 million. Like most pop stars, he has an enormous closet where his footwear collection is carefully arranged: sneakers, Crocs, cowboy boots. Unlike some pop stars, he also collects firearms. Half a dozen were laid out on a bar counter, including a few rifles and a SilencerCo Maxim 9, a handgun with built-in noise suppression. He describes these weapons as toys—“grown-up Legos,” he calls them—but he is also fascinated by mayhem, and mindful of his own security.

He’s always had a melancholy streak: “Middle school, I would cry myself to sleep every f–kin’ day. High school, the same thing. I tried to drink some beers to get rid of that sh-t, but it just never goes away. And I don’t think that’s anybody’s fault; it has to do with something predisposed in you.” Post has decided to talk more explicitly about the importance of mental health, even as his own remains a work in progress. “I’m f–kin’ crazy. And it has exacerbated over the past years, since Stoney.” Like many musicians, he worries that if he found an effective treatment, his music might suffer. But he knows, too, the risks of self-medication. When asked whether he was getting help for his own mental health problems, Post was vague. “I am, now—I’m trying,” he said. “It’s difficult. Through my songs, I can talk about whatever I want. But sitting here, face-to-face, it’s difficult.”

[From GQ Style]

The gun thing freaks me out, no lie. He lives in relative seclusion in Utah, with a garage full of expensive vehicles and a table full of automatic weapons. And he drinks a lot and he’s sad a lot of time. It’s just a terrible combination. I think I always knew that Post was kind of a sad-sack – you can tell from his lyrics – but I don’t think I really understood until know that he’s struggled with his mental health since he was just a kid. And yes, the drugs (which he swears he isn’t doing anymore) and the liquor are self-medicating. The guns are part of his paranoid tendancies too and someone needs to clear them out. Also: I think he would be nice looking without the face tatts, honestly?


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  1. tempest prognosticator says:

    That was a sad read.

  2. Lightpurple says:

    Guns on display on a table is not responsible gun ownership and there is no legitimate reason to own a silencer. ETA This is scary and I hope he gets the help he needs.

  3. Cidee says:

    When Presley Gerber got his face tattoos I heard my 13 year old say to her brother, “Ugh. Who does he think he is ? Post Malone? Post is ADORABLE And AUTHENTIC! Presley is just a try-hard.” That’s just good parenting, right there.

  4. Harla says:

    I saw him in a Netflix movie a couple of nights ago and he’s not ugly at all, actually his eyes are quite beautiful.

    • Yup, Me says:

      Yes, my husband and I just saw him in Spenser Confidential last night and I was thinking that he’d be almost pretty without the tattoos. I thought he got them to make himself look tougher. How sad that he thinks he’s ugly.

    • Claudia says:

      EXACTLY! Saw him on Netflix movie called Spencer Confidential. Loved his acting. Found him to be very subtle and believable. Surprisingly I was very attracted to him!! His eyes, face, voice, and character’s vibe were so hot.

  5. Kaye says:

    I’m a middle aged mom who LOVES his music & I think he is adorable! Worried about his weight loss.

  6. Spicecake38 says:

    My seventeen year old daughter got me into his music,his most recent album is really enjoyable.Of all the younger artists today I think he has the most staying power.
    I hope he’s able to find a way to deal with his mental health that is effective and that he can feel confident that it’s working,and I hope that he locks away the guns in a safe or something and puts them all into the hands of someone he trusts/in storage.

  7. tcbc says:

    A gun collection? Might as well start writing his obituary now.

  8. Léna says:

    I was almost on board until the guns on display part. Scary

    • Esmom says:

      Yeah, sigh. Especially when he calls them grown up Legos. Fine, you want to collect something? There are a million other things to become obsessive about, not designed for the singular purpose of taking a life. I hope someone can get through to him and get him to relinquish all that those guns.

      As for his predisposition to melancholy and pot being anxiety-inducing, I am exactly the same way. Self-medication is tempting, but real medication and therapy and other mental health boosting strategies work much better for the long term.

      I also don’t think he’s ugly at all, it’s sad that he feels that way.

  9. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    I’m with everyone else on the guns. He needs to lock those up or give them to a trusted person, especially if he’s battling mental health issues and self-medicating with alcohol.

  10. HufflepuffLizLemon says:

    I absolutely love Post Malone. Kid is making some unique music right now.

    In general, I’m a very strict parent on behavior and expectations (grades, manners, treatment of others, philanthropy, etc) but the one area where I am VERY relaxed is music. I just remember being young and wanting to listen to so much cool music and my parents being uptight jerks about it-like my dad threw a CD out the window once, that I had paid for, because he thought it was trash. So, my 8 year old son has been introduced to a lot of music that some might deem to old for him. 🤷🏻‍♀️ But he loves Post Malone as well, and we listen to edited versions of his songs quite a bit. Sunflower, and the entire Spider-verse soundtrack, are on heavy repeat and have been for almost a year.

    • MeghanNotMarkle says:

      My dad was the same way. He threw out my Jewel CD because he said it was “Satanist crap.” His exact words that are forever burned into my memory. My kids are huge fans of all types of music. We listen to Post Malone, Queen, NIN, Alice In Chains, Lizzo, Tool, Muse… Our interests really run the gamut, but they especially love the 90s rock that I grew up on. Edited versions, of course. I may be a cool mom but I’m not that cool.

  11. lucy2 says:

    The gun thing is disturbing, and describing them as toys is reprehensible.

    He sounds depressed or something, and alcohol is not going to help that. He’s very young and apparently spends a ton of cash, so hopefully he’s planning for the future.
    He kind of looks like Shia LaBeouf? Maybe? But I can’t get on board with face tattoos.

  12. Anna says:

    Honestly, interviews with Post Malone always make me worried for him. He seems kind of vulnerable and like he needs the support of a therapist.

  13. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I had no idea who this was lol. So I just listened to some of his work. I definitely prefer the more recent songs. However, I love Ozzy. Hate me. Call me psycho. But I’ve been rockin’ to Ozmeister since the 70s and since Black Sabbath. If you’d have told me he collaborated with this dude and some rapper…. Well it’s not bad! Of course I think Ozzy’s the best, but respect for PM lol!

  14. Lucy says:

    Wow. He’s only a year younger than me. I hope he’s okay, and that he finds help if he needs it! There’s something sweet about him.

  15. ME says:

    It’s odd because I don’t drink or smoke, don’t like tats, and am against owning guns yet I like this dude and I really really like his music. He’s very talented. I can’t believe he thinks he’s ugly. He’s actually pretty cute. I had a dream about him once and woke up with a crush on him that lasted a few weeks lol. He actually seems like a sweet guy. He is too hard on himself.

  16. Lara says:

    Joe Exotic wants him for his 3rd? 4th? 5th husband

  17. L says:

    I like that he is talking about being sad… There’s so much pressure to be happy that sometimes it’s refreshing to hear that someone has moods other than happiness. I wish him health and contentment though. I also don’t think he’s ugly…. but I don’t like the face tattoos though.

  18. Chonky says:

    I actually find him refreshing. He is well spoken and knows how to take a joke. I loved him singing along and knowing every lyric to Shania Twain at the AMAs. The gun thing is concerning as I am not a fan of guns and worry about his mental state and having weapons available.

  19. GUEST says:

    A while back I saw him on a YouTube show (good mythical morning) and he was surprisingly humble. Apparently he was a longtime gmm fan & it was clear he was super stoked to be a guest. Idk it was just really refreshing to see a celeb be a regular dude who likes memes & watching funny videos online. Definitely a cool little moment.