Welcome to the Costume Party: Axl Rose & Slash

Axl Rose & Slash of Guns N' Roses — fun & easy couples costume

The other weekend, Nick’s team at Google had a costume party, and the instructions were to dress as the best and worst people through history. I was thrilled because there’s been a serious lack of theme parties in my life ever since I graduated from college. But then, we were stumped. Finding something “historical” that would be fun as a couple was trickier than we’d expected. Most couples costumes that came to mind—and to our computers during hours of Google searches—were fictional. I strongly petitioned for Justin and Britney circa 2001, or more specifically, Justin and Britney in their all-denim glory at the 2001 American Music Awards. Nick thought no one would get it. What?! Who wouldn’t recognize the most epic of matching pop star ensembles? “We’ll look like farmers,” Nick countered. We agreed to disagree.

But there was another iconic musical duo that we agreed could work: Axl Rose and Slash from Guns N’ Roses. (Nick is mad at this transition since it suggests Britney and Justin are in the same class of musical renown as one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Again, we agree to disagree). Axl and Slash each have such a look—Axl with his bandana and tank tops, Slash with his top hat and cigarette, and both with their aviators and signature ’dos—that it was pretty easy (and so fun!) to pull off. We decided that I’d be Axl since with the help of a flat iron, we pretty much have the same hair, making it one less wig to buy. Here’s how it all turned out. Welcome to the jungle!

Axl Rose costume: red bandana, aviators, tank top & tattoos

Axl Rose costume — be sure to flat iron your hair!

Axl Rose costume with Axl's actual tattoos

To complete Axl’s look, I also got some (temporary) ink. Yes, those are replicas of his actual tattoos, which I got from a professional Axl Rose impersonator via Etsy—proof that you can find anything on Etsy.

Slash costume: top hat, wig, cigarette, all black everything & a Les Paul

Slash from Guns N' Roses costume

Slash costume: top hat, wig, aviators, cigarette & Les Paul guitar 
For Slash, it helped that Nick plays guitar and was able to break into “Sweet Child O’ Mine” on command throughout the night.

We had such an awesome time as Axl and Slash. We’ll definitely be rocking these costumes again come Halloween!

Here are the details on our costumes:

Guns N' Roses tank (similar here)
Red bandana (here's one with hair in case you need it!)
Distressed denim shorts (made from an old pair of jeans, but similar here and here)
Plaid shirt (tied around waist, similar here)
Black ankle boots

Black skinny jeans
Black t-shirt
Hat & wig
Additional wig
Cigarette (fake!)


  1. Hey, love the costums......really cool and perfect to rock a day <3


  2. How awesome is this?! Literally the best costumes I have seen, ever!

    xx Cara

  3. Too ridiculously cute! I'm going to bookmark this for Halloween! <3

  4. Awesome! Where did he get the Slash hat?

    1. Thanks! The Slash hat came from Amazon.com (it also came with some hair!). Here's the link: http://goo.gl/c6W3Ue. Nick also got another Slash wig from Amazon since the one that comes with the hat is a little sparse. He wore both together and it turned out great!

  5. Oh, the costumes are absolutely stunning! I love them so much!
    xx Lisa

    Following Lisa

  6. This is just amazing. Great costumes.


  7. Love these outfits!! The tattoos look great! Where did you get your tank?

    1. Thanks, Kathy! The tank is from Hot Topic. It was my first (and likely last) time ever shopping there! ;)

    2. That's so interesting! Why is it the last time for hot topic? Maybe it's time to get a job...

  8. Who is the tattoo artist on etsy? I want to reach out to them! :)


    1. Here's the link to his Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BamaSpyder