By Cory Doctorow at 11:47 pm Thu, Mar 18, 2010
Way cool :)
Today on boingboing: Homer Simpson explores his kinky side with a trendy gimp mask!
WHOA!!!! That is Funny ))))))
So you can huff leather and exhale onto the back of your own head claustrophobically?
Hudda hudda huh!
Mmmphya harrgh mrgha hrghgph!
What you steampunk fanboys do not realize (or you simply ignore it? tut-tut-tut) is that the mask is obviously pulled over the severed head of a Forest Troll.
What exactly are those hoses for? Not to breathe, there’s a filter for that. And where are they going? If they went down I’d suspect attachment to a compressed air supply, and the filter is for outventing only. But they go up to the back of the head. Mystifying. And what is the leather rated to protect you from? Some sort of mustard gas I’d assume, and it might actually work for that. But if it rained it would crush your head upon drying. And I guess they don’t have radioactivity in steampunk. Oh, I guess it’s to protect from steam? Or punks?
The purpose of the hoses is to look really cool and to appeal to fetishists. I was under the impression that the hoses supplied air to maintain positive pressure inside the helmet.
TheGZeus has covered this, but it bears clarifying. The device on the front of the mask is definitely not a filter. Look at a two-cartridge gas mask, and you’ll see the inlets off to either side and an outlet in the middle. Riot gas masks also usually have a resonator in the middle so your voice can carry out of the mask. I use a gas mask to sand/paint/etc, and it’s got all three. (two holes off to the sides that the filters screw into, a hole dead center with the voice resonator, and a hole a little lower in the center that’s an exhaust.)
There are gas masks, mostly antiques, that have hoses like this one. The hoses go to a larger filter than would be comfortable hanging off the front of the mask.
So if you want to pick nits with an art piece, don’t pick ’em for the hoses and exhaust port!
The problem with your assumption that the device in the middle is a voice resonator is that it occupies the space where the nose would go within the mask, not the mouth, which makes it seem to me that it’s very unlikely that it is a resonator.
Also Cory seems to enjoy linking random things that are vaguely steampunk so i’m not surprised. Though i tried checking online and had trouble finding a good answer…. i dont think that rubber as we know it existed during the victorian age. I know they had it but it wasnt vulcanized so it had less of a workable lifespan, and because of this gasmasks would primarily be made out of leather (though this particular type of mask is definitely bondage, not a practical gasmask)
Again, that is nit picking on an art piece and not a functional piece of equipment. But check this out:
the upper one, the one that’s about where your nose goes, is the resonator. The lower one is the exhaust. The resonator has round holes and the exhaust has slots that look similar to the intake on the filter assembly. I’m assuming there are functional reasons for that. But compare the resonator to the central piece on the leather mask – it looks vaguely similar.
I wasn’t nit picking on the mask above as i understand it’s a work of art. And through an artistic interpretation one could say this can be construed as steampunk, i was just saying that making that connection is a bit of a stretch but not incorrect.
Also the resonator in the mask you linked still seems to be located lower from the nose than the mask pictured in this article. However i could be wrong, i’m not that savvy in masks.
Oh, my goodness. An anachronism! Rubber! It just doesn’t have the historical accuracy of, for example, a Steampunk raygun.
After being annoyed at previous masks by this guy posted on Boingboing, I’m trying hard to keep an open mind to this. BUT IT’S NO GOOD. Alas, my sensibilities continue to be jarred by his designs. It’s good craftmanship, but as art or sculpture it’s just lacking the realism that would make this stuff work.
Good costume design says something about the person or character who wears it. This mask says “likes to keep the back of his neck warm and moist”.
This is a nice mask, very reminiscent of the cover and booklet imagery from Black Sabbaths 1978 album Never Say Die.
Why has only one person commented that this is a bondage mask?
Well, Mitch mentioned “fetishists” but that’s much less specific.
Not one of the masks this person has made look ‘Steam Punk’.
They’re all really, really fancy and well-made bondage masks.
oh, and @Felix Mitchell
the hoses are venting out the back, and are only fastened by light leather ties.
Furthermore, those are _intake_ hoses. The ‘nose’ is an output valve. I’ve owned gas masks (performance artist).
I imagine the idea is either controlling the air supply and/or what the wearer can smell. One more sense out of their control.
what follows is my ~favoritest~ steampunk mask of all time:
i dont know, i just feel like it really advances the art.
So, is Cory aware that these are for bondage fetishists, or is he deep into “Gee, I wonder what this rubber sculpture of a fist and forearm is doing under my teenage son’s bed” territory?
Anyone else think this thing eerily resembles Dr. Zoidberg?
Um, you guys know that the hoses don’t actually insert into the back of the head/neck, right? They’re just held in place there by straps when the mask is not being worn, so they don’t flop about. When you wear the mask you naturally insert them into your favorite rebreather, filter or tank. RTFM.
ROFLMAO @ “The mask is not practical. Fail, fail, fail! Blah, blah, blah.”
Bob Basset’s masks are not meant to be practical. They are meant to look wicked in a kind retro sci-fi way, and to appeal to people with different fetishes who may enjoy leather, rubber, and a feeling of confinement.
I wouldn’t want to wear them in a toxic or oxygen deprived environment but they look great.
Actually this is my least favorite of the Bob Basset masks I’ve seen here because I like the darker leather color of the others, but it’s still pretty cool.
What’s Cory’s cut every time this guy sells one of these?
Are there any photos showing how the beer cans fasten to the back of the head?
Perhaps it’s time to update the xkcd cartoon of Cory in a red cape and goggles to include a slightly different type of head cover.
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