Lana Del Rey's Tropico

Exclusive gallery: Gang tattoos and American Dreaming in her shocking new short film

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Last night, Lana Del Rey premiered her new short film Tropico at Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, a 30-minute visual directed by Anthony Mandler ("National Anthem", "Ride") and starring model Shaun Ross. Featuring her tracks "Body Electric", "Gods and Monsters" and "Bel Air", it's a lurid tangle of Americana and an extension of her aesthetic, with themes of innocence lost, good vs. evil, and trading your body for money. As she puts it in the iconic words of Allen Ginsberg: "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness." Lana Del Rey exclusively premieres these stills with Dazed, showing her with doorknocker gold hoops, stained lips and gang tattoos. Also expect backroom booty-popping, the poetry of Walt Whitman, and cameos from Jesus Christ, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley in Tropico, which hits Vevo at 4pm GMT today. In the monologue of "Ride" she spoke of a "chameleon soul", and here the colours are more searing than ever.

Update: Watch Tropico in full below.

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