Machine Gun Kelly seemingly shaves head, debuts skull tattoo


Just call him Machine Gun Skully.

The “My Ex’s Best Friend” singer has been hiding his face behind ever-longer blond hair lately, prompting fans to speculate that he installed extensions — but it seems he’s now ready for his next era.

MGK, whose real name is Colson Baker, posted a screenshot of a Facetime with videographer Cole Bennett to his Instagram Story Tuesday night, debuting a shocking shaved head and massive new skull tattoo.

“I shaved my head for this,” Kelly, 31, wrote on Twitter, adding that the video for a new song called “Papercuts” will be released Wednesday night at 9 p.m.

The head tattoo features a large triangular symbol that covers virtually the entire top of his skull with thick black ink.

Some fans also noticed that the artist’s neck and chest tats — including the name of his last album, “Tickets to My Downfall,” the red line down his throat and other designs around his collarbone — are missing in the screenshot as well.

Machine Gun Kelly in July 2021, wearing what appeared to be hair extensions.
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Despite the disappearance of some of his ink, Kelly isn’t going tat-free for good; on Monday he announced his next album, “Born With Horns,” with a tattoo of the title on his forearm that matched producer Travis Barker’s.

Fans had mixed reaction to Kelly’s new look. “I hated your mop cut but i think i hate this more,” one person tweeted. “Interesting…this isn’t what some of them meant by ‘lose the extensions’ but love to see it bestie,” another said.

Others weren’t fooled by the “Last Airbender”-inspired look, asserting that Kelly must be wearing a wig cap.

It seems the skeptics could be right. One eagle-eyed fan posted a TikTok of the artist from June, in which he’s seen sporting the same shaved head with metallic pants and a matching harness — indicating that the look was likely the result of special effects.