Merchandise turned into one of the best ways for fans to support their favorite artists unable to perform amid the coronavirus pandemic. But some stars got extra crafty and sold branded products necessary for combatting the outbreak, including hand sanitizers and face masks.
Find all the artists who’ve turned their household names into essential product lines below.
Wu-Tang Clan’s hand sanitizer
Protect ya neck — and your hands. Wu-Tang Clan launched a new line of products as part of A Better Tomorrow Collection, which financially supports the Ottawa Food Bank, Ottawa Mission Foundation and Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. One of those items includes “Protect Ya Hands” hand sanitizer, a citrus-scented, plant-based, vegan gel made with the skincare company JUSU. For every hand sanitizer purchase, one bottle will be donated to the Ottawa Mission Foundation and other homeless shelters throughout Canada. Click here to purchase.
J Balvin’s face masks
J Balvin faced backlash when he sold branded black face masks with yellow smiley faces among his rainbow-colored merchandise in celebration of his Colores album release in mid-March, which fans took as a sign of profiting off of coronavirus. But in reality, he was ahead of the curve and trying to help flatten it at the same time.
KISS’ face masks
No one’s going to be sticking out their tongues à la Gene Simmons and KISS, but they can keep them nicely tucked in with these decorative everyday face masks featuring the legendary shock rockers. All the profits benefit Live Nation Entertainment’s Global Relief Fund For Live Music Crews. Click here to purchase.
The Weeknd’s face masks
The Weeknd can’t feel his face because the CDC recommends not touching it, so he’s helping make sure fans keep their faces covered at all times by bringing back his XO mask. The R&B singer even promised to match every dollar to “aid communities afflicted by Covid-19 with 100% of the proceeds going to Musicares,” according to his Instagram announcement. Click here to purchase.
Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande’s collaborative face masks
Looks like the “Stuck with U” artists are making sure the Beliebers and Arianators are not only staying indoors but also staying safe when they’re outdoors. Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande‘s respective webstores carry four kinds of face masks that feature variations of the stick drawings on the single’s cover art. All the proceeds benefit the First Responders Children’s Foundation, where the two superstars also donated funds from the song’s streams and purchases. Click here to purchase at Bieber’s shop or here to purchase at Grande’s shop.
Devo’s face shields
Devo launched their own personal protective equipment (PPE) line, including an Energy Dome face shield that’s attached to the members’ idiosyncratic red hats and emblazoned with the rock band’s logo. “Devo also introduced the Energy Dome in tandem with our 1980 LP. Graphically bold design in aggressive, primary red it became the most iconic symbol of the band’s multi-media mission to spread the idea of Devolution,” the website reads. “We have a spiffy, clear plastic, Devo [Personal Protection Shield] PPS Shield that is designed to attach easily to the Devo Energy Dome to protect you from invisible microbes and unwanted bodily fluids. Stay safe in devolved style!” Click here to purchase.
My Chemical Romance’s face masks
With a slew of reunion shows for 2020, My Chemical Romance focused its efforts on protecting their day ones in memory of a loved one who made these masks to shield concertgoers from desert dust long before the deadly pandemic. “We are living in strange times, alienating times, scary times. These masks were the brainchild of our beloved Lauren Valencia, who died before this madness, not of the Covid-19 pandemic, but the older evil that is cancer,” the punk rockers wrote on their webstore. “We had these masks made to keep you dust-free in the desert, a show that never happened, never will, a protection that then seemed timeworn. And here we are, with these masks, as though Lauren was prescient or we were unknowingly waiting for the right time……” Click here to purchase.
Megadeth’s face masks
Korn’s face masks
Korn had a hot commodity on its hands when the nu metal band’s branded PPE sold out during the heightened panic of the pandemic. All of the profits from Korn’s face masks benefit Global Giving’s COVID 19 Relief Fund. Click here to purchase.
Swans’ face masks
Swan once sang “You F—ing People Make Me Sick,” but the experimental rockers won’t let that happen during the coronavirus outbreak. That’s why the band designed two eco-friendly, reusable masks, one featuring an X-ray of teeth and the other with the NSFW song title. Click here to purchase.