Scrolling through TikTok is like sifting through huge racks of second-hand clothing in a thrift store; each object (or video) has a story behind it. Perhaps the story is long, filled with careful craftsmanship and meticulously handed down knowledge. Maybe there isn’t much to do, just someone’s whim. The story behind Marcus Pork Sr.’s TikToks remains a bit of a mystery, even after speaking to the enigmatic stylist. And that’s part of what makes it so fascinating. He thinks of Tommy Wiseau, but much sweeter and with a better sense of style.
Pork’s videos tend to be short, focusing mainly on his desire to become a famous fashion designer and feeling a bit like a forgotten sketch from I think you should leave. A January TikTok shows his face plastered on a CGI cityscape and a passing airship.
“Someday, all cities will be like this. The world will know my face. Marco Pig. #FamousMarcus, ”she intones.
The world of TikTok, at the very least, knows his face. When I searched for “Marcus Pork” under TikTok users, at least 60 others had chosen to use his photo as their avatar (and that doesn’t count Pork’s altered images). The hashtag #famousmarcus has amassed 32.8 million views on TikTok and #marcuspork has 6.5 million.
He’s not letting any of this get into his head, though.
“Becoming famous on TikTok made me very popular, made me very recognizable. People started recognizing me. But I’m still the same good person and I’m not a diva at all, ”Pork tells me during a Zoom call. He says he was even stopped on the street and asked to pose for photos.
TikTok was truly Pork’s starting point. While his t-shirts definitely make heads spin (more on that later), it was his singular presence on social media that first attracted me.
When I ask him why he joined TikTok in the first place, he replies: “I liked it, I wanted to be famous and I think that was the beginning of everything else.”
One of Pork’s benchmarks for fame is having his own Wikipedia page. Even though he doesn’t have one yet, he teased how he would like the page to be and turned it into one of his own t-shirt designs. According to the prototype, Pork is 32 years old, a statement disputed by some TikTok users. When I mention these skeptics, he simply replies, “Yes, I’m 32. Otherwise I wouldn’t say I’m 32”.
Pork tells me he grew up in Hollywood, California and always loved clothes. He used to work in the wedding planning business, but left because he wasn’t in love with it, which he talks about in his documentary for the Taco Bell Film Festival (which apparently isn’t actually affiliated with Taco Bell). . There’s a Marcus Pork Jr., and in one of his TikToks he mentions having a daughter named Sascha (“I can’t tell you about the others yet,” he inscrutably says). However, Pork prefers to keep the conversation centered on his clothes.
There are only a handful of designs available on its website, but they are more than memorable. His wares include hats with “Hi, my name is Marcus Pork Sr.” embroidered on them, along with the Wikipedia t-shirt, a “Relatable Coffee” t-shirt (a cartoon Pork raises a cup of coffee next to the slogan “Don’t wake me until I have coffee”), and, my hoodies Favorite “Free Bleed Friday”. He also added sweatpants decorated with “Hi, my name is Marcus Pork Sr.” or “Free Bleed Friday”.
“I became a feminist a long time ago. That’s because I’ve always loved women, you know, and I wanted to be on their side, ”Pork explains when I ask about Free Bleed Friday models. It’s a message he reiterates in his TikToks, declaring: “Free blood is brave” and “Be a feminist. Love blood.”
As for her fashion heroes, she lists Gucci, Nordstrom, and Jeremy Renner as inspirations.
“I like the way she dresses,” says Pork of Renner. And no wonder: she is a self-styled fan of leather jackets, a fashion staple for Hawk eye actor.
However, you don’t have to be a movie star to wear Pork’s clothes. In fact, he’s very proud of his inclusiveness of him (“My projects are for everyone, even whites,” he says in a TikTok).
“My clothes are very trendy. Everyone can wear them. Children can wear them, adults can wear them. It’s something that’s for everyone, ”he tells me as our conversation draws to a close.
As I close the call, I can’t help but think the world would be better off if more people were like Pork.
Clare Martin is a cemetery enthusiast and Doughassistant editor of comedies. Go harass her on Twitter @claremartin.