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Cartelcore is an aesthetic originating from the fashion of 1980's drug cartels, notably Pablo Escobar's Medellin Cartel. The aesthetic, geographically, focuses on Miami, Florida, USA, and Central & South America. It incorporates elements of 1980's fashion and imagery, with big inspirations for Cartelcore including Narcos, Scarface, Narcos Footage, Miami Vice, Hotline Miami, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.


Some visuals prominent in Cartelcore include:

  • Firearms (Blinged up examples used by higher ranking gang leaders)
  • Cocaine
  • Gold chains
  • Neon lights
  • Poor quality, often extremely pixelated videos
  • Dull knives
  • Chainsaws
  • Pitbull dogs
  • Box cutters
  • Machetes
  • Colt Gold Cup National Match Enhanced M1911
  • Dismemberment
  • Adrenaline pump
  • Urban locations in Latin-America and the southern United States
    • Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • El Paso, Texas
    • Miami, Florida
    • Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

In general, a lot of Cartelcore is designed to invoke a lot of imagery from 1980's Miami, during the height of the 1980's War on Drugs that was going on. As a result of this; a lot of Drugcore can cross over into Cartelcore. It can also lead to some connections between Cartelcore and Vaporwave, although the drugs utilized as part of Vaporwave weren't particularly popular in the 1980s.


Pastel colors and 1980's aesthetics are generally the core of Cartelcore fashion, especially paired with shades, gold jewelry (especially rings and chains). Hispanic themed fashions such as ponytails and slicked back hairdos with smart clothes, typically with silk shirts/trousers and silver heeled/tipped black boots with stirrups. As far as actual clothing items, polos and button up shirts undone about 2 buttons down from the top to display the collarbones and chains, as well as pastel colored shirts and pants. Bullet proof vests, blue jeans, and a black short sleeve button up shirt however, are the most accurate representations of this aesthetic.


Basically any 1980's music can work for this, but Spanish music is preferred (IE: Narcocorridos). Synthwave and Vaporwave can also be incorporated with this aesthetic, due to the overlapped association with the 1980's these three aesthetics share between one another.


  • Scarface (1983)
  • Cocaine Wars (1985)
  • Tequila Sunrise (1988)
  • License to Kill (1989)
  • Delta Force 2: The Columbian Connection (1990)
  • Predator 2 (1990)
  • Gunmen (1994)
  • Blow (2001)
  • Cocaine Cowboys (2006)
  • Miami Vice (2006)
  • American Made (2017)
  • Escobar (2017)

TV Series[]

  • Breaking Bad
  • Better Call Saul
  • Drug Wars: The Camarena Story
  • Miami Vice
  • Narcos
  • Narcos: Mexico

Video Games[]

  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002)
  • Hotline Miami Series (2012-2015)
  • Miami Vice: The Game (2006)
  • Scarface: Empire (Cancelled)
  • Scarface: The World is Yours (2006)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II (2012)
  • 007 Legends (2012)
  • Narcos: Rise of the Cartels (2019)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (2020)

People of Interest[]

In Real Life[]

  • Pablo Escobar
  • Manuel Noriega
  • Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán

In Fiction[]

  • Ghost Rider in Ghost Rider
  • Tony Montana in Scarface
  • Gus Fring in Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad
  • The Salamanca's in Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad
  • Ignacio "Nacho" Vargas in Better Call Saul
  • Franz Sanchez in Licence to Kill
  • Ramon Cota in Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection
  • Mobsters in Hotline Miami
  • Sonny Crockett & Ricardo Tubbs from Miami Vice
  • Pacho Herrera from Narcos
  • Gonzalo Reyes from Cocaine Wars
  • Luis Rico and Miguel from Crocodile Dundee II
  • El Scorpio from Predator 2