How to Dress Like Lil' Wayne for Halloween

by Ginger Yapp

Grammy award-winner -- and sometimes inmate -- Lil' Wayne has his own sense of style, with a flair for long dreadlocks, oversized pants and bizarre facial tattoos. This Halloween, you too can look like the "Lollipop" rapper, even if you don't have the cash to spring for a real gold chain.

Items you will need

  • Wig
  • Face paint (black)
  • Wifebeater or white T-shirt
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Mirror
  • Belt
  • Large jeans or pants
  • Boxer shorts
  • Toy microphone
  • Large gold cross medallion
  • Red baseball cap
  • Sneakers
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Step 1

Find a photo of Lil Wayne on the Internet; this way, you can keep in mind his overall style when putting together your costume.

Step 2

Search a costume shop for a long, black wig with dreadlocks. Lil Wayne's dreadlocks are a key part of his style.

Step 3

Put on a form-fitting wifebeater or baggy white T-shirt; bonus points for gentlemen who are willing to go shirtless, as the rapper often does.

Step 4

Put on a pair of boxers; pull your baggy pants over the boxers, but leave a bit of boxer hanging out at the top. Hint: if you don't need a belt, then your pants aren't big enough.

Step 5

Apply some temporary tattoos to your arms; both of the singer's arms are covered in tattoos. If you really want to look like the rapper, apply them to your neck as well.

Step 6

Use black face paint to draw on Wayne's signature forehead crack mark tattoo, the tattooed cross between his eyes and the teardrop tattoo beneath his left eye. Use a photo for reference.

Step 7

Put on a black or red baseball cap; Lil Wayne doesn't go many places without one. You want the bill of the hat to be completely flat, not flexed. You can wear it backward or forward.

Step 8

Wear an oversized gold-cross medallion to add more verisimilitude to your costume.

Step 9

Finish off your Halloween look with a pair of sneakers and a toy microphone. Bonus points if your tennis shoes are big and have large, floppy tongues.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you already have long, dark hair, you can find instructions on the Internet for making real dreadlocks.
  • Lil' Wayne is also a fan of oversized black sunglasses.
  • If it is hot outside where you live for Halloween, you can opt for some oversized shorts, high white socks and Nike sneakers.

About the Author

Ginger Yapp has been writing professionally since 2006, specializing in travel and film topics. Her work has appeared in such publications as "USA Today" and online at Hotels.com. Yapp also has experience writing and editing for a small California newspaper. She earned her B.A. in film and media studies and has worked as an ESL teacher at an international school.

Photo Credits

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