Fans go wild for Zach Bryan’s mugshot and vow to print it out on T-shirts after country music star, 27, was taken to jail over clash with highway cops: ‘It makes me love him even more’
Fans are going wild over Zach Bryan’s mugshot vowing to print it on T-shirts after the 27-year-old country music star was taken to jail over a run-in with highway cops: ‘It makes me love him even more’
- The country singer, 27, was taken into custody at the Craig County Jail on Thursday
- Marine veteran says he supports law enforcement and was ‘frustrated at the time’
Fans have been clamoring for country singer Zach Bryan for the release of his mugshot after he was arrested Thursday in Vinita, Oklahoma, over a run-in with highway police.
The 27-year-old artist was taken into custody at Craig County Jail in connection with obstructing an investigation and tweeted Thursday that he had “had an incident with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.” The emotions got the better of me and I went too far in the things I said.’
He said at the time: “I support law enforcement as much as anyone can, I was just frustrated at the time, it was different to me and I apologize. They took me to jail, and there’s a police photo of me floating around.”
Since then, a number of accounts have surfaced claiming to offer the mugshot printed on T-shirts as unofficial merchandise. Users have said the singer’s arrest has made him “MORE attractive.”
One even went so far as to write, “I know I’m toxic because Zach Bryan’s mug shot makes me love him even more.”
Country singer Zach Bryan, 27, was arrested Thursday in Vinita, Oklahoma in connection with obstruction of investigation
The singer-songwriter, a Navy veteran, spoke out in a tweet on Thursday night detailing the incident
Fans quickly took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the mugshot circulating online
The Something in the Orange artist has posted a few more tweets since covering the incident.
He indicated that he was traveling to see his favorite football team – the Philadelphia Eagles – in their season opener against the New England Patriots in Massachusetts on Sunday.
When asked by a fan how his dog was doing after the incident, Bryan said the dog was “perfect” because he was “fed, napped and rode a shotgun.”
He also wrote, “STILL F***N HIGHWAY ACROSS THE COUNTRY OL SONS LETS GOOOO.”
Users generally expressed support for Bryan despite the confrontation.
A said“We still love you and are here to support you. Nobody is perfect and things happen. ‘You’re human, just like the rest of us! Stay true to Okie, son!’
Another wrote: ‘We live. We learn. We go on.’
Within hours, fans started talking about the now-widespread mugshot, which shows Bryan wearing a blue shirt with a moustache.
A user of One X, formerly known as Twitter, wrote, “I know I’m in trouble because I saw Zach Bryan get arrested and I found him more attractive.”
User Austin Basler shared an edited photo of Bryan in an orange jumpsuit and wrote, “What if Zach Bryan was always something in orange?”, referencing his song of the same name.
“The haters are really mad because going to jail will make ZB infinitely cooler than he already was. I hope he writes bangers about it.
User TJ Eckert wrote: ‘Millions of t-shirts (sic) will be sold with the Zach Bryan mugshot, won’t they (?)’
A number of users commented on the mugshot’s potential use in merchandising – and some apparently went so far as to set up online stores.
A veteran of the Navy, the singer-songwriter released his eponymous fourth studio album in August, which premiered at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Fans generally supported Zach Bryan after he shared details of his arrest on Twitter
Twitter users appeared to be sharing links to unofficial merchandise featuring the mugshot
Users shared their reactions to the mugshot after Bryan commented on his arrest
Bryan rose to fame sharing his music on YouTube, with a song about his previous service titled Heading South going viral.
He has released four albums in the past four years, starting with 2019’s DeAnn, then 2020’s Elisabeth and 2022’s American Heartbreak.
He has climbed the country music charts in recent years and debuted in April 2021 at the famed Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.