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The Many Faces of Axl Rose

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Here’s a look back at some of my favorite Axl Rose personas over the years. Enjoy!

Catcher’s-Vest Axl
Not only was Axl’s catcher’s vest a nice fashion accessory, but I’m sure it also protected him on many occasions when drunk fans chucked beer bottles on stage.

Young-Backwards-Baseball-Cap Axl
He looks so young, so innocent, how could this kid ever get on someone’s bad side?

Hairspray Axl
Though GN’R helped put an end to let’s-all-dress-up-like-girls-and-play-hairspray-metal, even Axl had an affinity for the product back in the band’s early days.

Dinner-Party Axl
Honey did you make the reservations for 7PM? Are Bob and Lisa still coming? Did we get the table next to the window with the fantastic view? Greeeaaaat, just checking.

Half-Mesh-Jersey-Kilt-Wearing Axl
Just have to say, this was one of my favorite Axl looks.

Plastic Axl
I don’t know a lot about botox, plastic surgery, or hair extensions, but something doesn’t look right about this Axl.

Sunset-Strip Axl
This is the Axl that many rock die-hards loved and adored (and still do).

American-Flag-Groin-In-Your-Face Axl
Gotta love the patriotism. In a weird rock-star kind of way, you also have to appreciate that big bulge coming from his spandex shorts.

British-Flag-Groin-In-You-Face Axl
Kind of like the American-Flag-Groin-In-Your-Face Axl, but without the stars and stripes.

Jerry Rice Axl
During Axl’s early 00’s comeback, he just loved wearing his Oakland Raiders Jerry Rice jersey. (I wonder how many of these he still has in his closet?)

Headband-Flannel-Around-The-Waist Axl
This Axl always reminded me of a guy who was just about to go out and work on his car.

Current Axl
I’m liking the western-style jacket. Still waiting for the braids to go, but at least Axl has retired the XXXL Jerry Rice jersey (at least for now anyway).

Pretty Axl
How many women would kill for that silky head of long, flowing hair?

Music-Video Axl
What a great Axl this is, huh? Utilizing the bracelets and rings from Sunset Axl and the bandana and hat from Young-Backwards-Baseball-Cap Axl, it’s no mystery why this Axl was the biggest rock star on the planet at the end of the 80’s. (Can’t deny the power of that white jacket either.)

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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