Machine Gun Kelly had to break some bad news to his friend, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker… revealing that he changed his album title, six months after they had the old title TATTOOED on their arms together.
The 31-year-old singer (real name Colson Baker) and the 46-year-old drummer both got tattoos on their forearms that read Born With Horns, what Kelly was going to call his forthcoming album.
MGK revealed in a new Instagram video on Monday that he decided to change the name of the album to Mainstream Sellout, telling Barker the news for the first time.
The video begins with MGK setting up the camera, wearing a white sweater and yellow pants as he asked Barker, ‘OK, we’re friends no matter what, right?’
Barker, wearing a black retro hoodie from the punk band Operation Ivy, said, ‘Of course.’
MGK then asked, ‘Remember when we got the album name… the new album name tattooed on our arms?’
The video then cut to a video from six months ago, with both MGK and Barker proudly displaying the then-album name Born With Horns, inked in Olde English on the underside of both of their left forearms.
Barker then started laughing and said, ‘You changed the…’ as MGK confirmed, ‘I’m changing the album name’ as they both can’t contain their laughter.
Barker then asks, ‘OK what’s the new album name?’ as the video reveals the official album logo for Mainstream Sellout,’ with the anarchy symbol for the ‘a.’
MGK (né Colson Baker) originally announced the album’s title as Born with Horns in August, when he and Barker first revealed their matching inks. “‘Born with Horns” the album. We’re back for round two…” he wrote at the time.
The musician said he’s no longer “holding back” with his new music during an interview with Willie Geist in October.
MGK and Barker first collaborated on the 2020 album Tickets to My Downfall, which Barker produced.
Barker returns to produce Mainstream Sellout, though it’s unclear when the album will be released at this time.
The album’s first single, Papercuts, was released in early August 2021, not long after the original title Born With Horns was revealed.
The video also comes just weeks after he announced his engagement to actress Megan Fox, who he’s been dating since May 2020.
The singer came under fire just days later, though, when he revealed in an interview that the engagement ring would actually hurt if Fox tried to take it off.
“It feels more guitar-heavy for sure, lyrically it definitely goes deeper — but I never like to do anything the same,” Kelly tells Geist, 46. “Every album is a juxtaposition of the last album. So I went and studied Tickets, and I heard the bright sound that I had, and for this album I just turned the lights off.”
MGK debuted the music video for his and Barker’s single “Papercuts” in August, ahead of the album’s 2022 release. They also collaborated on his previous two albums, 2020’s Tickets to My Downfall and Hotel Diablo (2019).
‘The bands are actually thorns. So if she tries to take it off, it hurts,’ he told Source, explaining: ‘Love is pain!’