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These Pants Are Made With Human Skin So It’s Probably Time To Give Up On Fashion (NSFW)

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It’s time to pack it in, guys. Fashion is over. It’s over. We’re done. I just — I can’t. I can’t do it anymore. There are pants made of human skin.

When I first heard from a coworker that these existed, I assumed they would be like those leggings with crazy patterns. Oh, like the anatomical pants, I thought, how morbidly fascinating but great for Halloween! Eh, no. We are not so lucky. They’re pants made of human skin and are presently available for your viewing pleasure in the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft in Holmavik, Iceland. Lo and behold:

necropants human skin legs

According to the Daily Mail, because of course they’re the ones reporting on human skin pants, Gandalf and Dumbledore sorcerers would wear these for luck, because nothing says “break a leg!” like wearing an actual human’s broken, torn away legs.

According to legend, a morbid deal was struck between two friends to arrange who became the trousers or ‘necropants,’ which were used for purposes of traditional magic at the time.

The Museum…houses the only known intact pair of necropants, that were meant to be worn day and night by their owner.

In order to make the necropants (called nábrók in the naive tongue) an individual had to get permission from a living man to use his skin after his death.

The surviving member of the pact had to dig up his dead friend’s body and peel off the skin of the corpse from the waist down in one piece without any holes or scratches, to make the magical trousers.

God, I need to stop writing about things that scare the bejeezus out of me. A museum spokesperson says that apparently, the moment people put them on, the pants “would immediately be stuck with your own flesh and be part of your body.” Er, I’m not sure that’s how wearing human skin works, but I’m no expert. I know just the guy to ask, though!

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These pants would apparently bring tons of luck and wealth to the wearer, but I do not understand how lucky one can really be when they are the kind of human who skins a dead buddy. Luckily, this was considered “unusual behaviour” because society says wearing human skin isn’t “cool” or “normal” or “the behavior of a sane human being.” The Man: always bringing our luck down.

Hopefully this guy had been reading Liz’s skin-beautifying ingredient recipe guides so the material is nice and supple. And yes, I want to throw up after reading that sentence then subsequently slap me on the back of the head, too. Also, I can’t help feeling genuinely freaked out that some crazy performance artist will think this is a good idea. Agh. Go home, fashion, you’re drunk completely out of your mind.

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  • elle

    Omg that is terrifying and how is that skin so well preserved? It’s even still hairy? What magic were they using to make that happen? I just don’t even know how to process this in my brain.

  • http://poorgoop.com/ Samantha

    “Would you wear me? I’d wear me.”

    Eeeeeeewwwwww

  • LaLa

    But… how do you get them to stay up? An elastic waistband?

  • anna

    I was eating chicken. I was eating teriyaki chicken and I clicked on this.

    • anna

      OH GOD IS THAT A PENIS. TELL ME THAT’S NOT A SHELL OF A PENIS

    • DreaTheGreat

      That is totally a shell of a penis.

  • Zora

    brotherhood of the traveling ‘leg’gings?

  • Kay

    But…. what if you made this pact with a much-skinnier friend? Hashtag: uhoh?

    • Samantha_Escobar

      LOL.

  • http://toyboxkiller.tumblr.com/ Cate

    I need these pants to be my pants. I don’t even wear pants, but I would wear these pants. If ancient Icelandic wizard-friendship pants made if human skin don’t qualify as a statement piece, I don’t know what does.

  • DreaTheGreat

    Human skin would actually have a tendency to become very brittle on it’s own, so these are most likely treated with a plethora of emulsifiers and preserving lotions. They would not have been preserved in this state if they had been used, so I am deducting that these were made but not employed. They would stick to you like a second skin only if they were drenched in moisturizers, and the foot part would still deteriorate very rapidly. Either way, Ed Gein made lamps and bowls out of people remains, it’s hardly shocking.

  • Sacher

    Came for the pants, stayed for Jame Gumb. Thank you for delivering.

    Incidentally, I love how they had the skin of the dick as well on those pants. Imagine it… extra girth immediately upon wearing! Although trying to convince a woman to let you stick the tip in once applied…. eeeh….