Forget t-shirts and baseball hats, 2019 is the year of Miley Cyrus-branded condoms, Tyler, the Creator yard signs, DJ Khaled nutritional supplements and custom Dog Blood collectible figures.
Any artist can slap their name and face on some apparel, but it takes a very special one to offer their fans a branded "stash" box or a bejeweled bobblehead of their beloved dog.
Below, we give you a sampling of some of this year's most outrageous, delightful and just plain weird merch from some of your favorite artists.
Miley Cyrus condoms
Yes, Cyrus has a range of provocative shirts and sweatshirts to promote her She is Coming EP, but perhaps nothing says Smiler 4 Life like her She is Coming Condom & Digital Download pack ($20). The black wrapped condom with the album title and 1-833-SHE-IS-MC toll-free number on it is available in her store.
The side project from Skrillex and Boys Noize is offering up one of the years' most unique merch offers, tweeting out an offer to fans on Monday (June 3) to have their sketches turned into a Dog Blood collectible figure. "Have an idea for a figure inspired by the two members of #dogblood?" they asked in a solicitation. "Submit your idea to the Dog Blood Collectible Figure Contest!" The winning design will be selected by Skrillex and Boys Noize.
Sure, the Odd Future OG will sell you some yellow and pink sweatshirts to promote his Igor album, but you better believe his $40 Vote Igor pack includes not just a t-shirt, pin, sticker, an ddigital download, but also a 24" x 18" Vote Igor lawn sign.
The key to Khaled's success is innovation and his merch shop is no exception. Sure, you can get a Dad Hat ($50) and Bless Up Board Shorts ($52) in the Khaled online store. But did you know you could also get a Father of Asahd-branded Awake Energy Shot ($19.46) that will give you the "boost of energy you demand and count on?" Maybe the ($66.46) Isotonix Essentials Turn Up is more your speed? That one promises to keep your sharp and focused as well as increase your energy, help improve mental focus, promote cognitive health and provide strong antioxidant protection.
Sure, you could buy a copy of 2 Chainz's Rap or Go to the League album. But if you got to his merch store you can also snatch up gym towels, Ethika underwear, mini basketball, cereal boxes with mystery gifts and, for the truly hardcore, a bobblehead of the rapper's beloved dog, Trappy ($25).