Photographer Charles Fréger is fascinated by the many different uniforms, costumes and wearable art from around the world. Soldiers, sumo wrestlers and Mardi Gras Indians have all been caught by his lens, and Wilder Mann: The Image of the Savage captures the savages and wild men of Europe.
To celebrate life and to mark the seasons, these wild men don powerful primitive masks, dress in fur, skins and horns, and drape themselves in clattering chains and clanking bells. Both beautiful and frightening: I’d call it “brute-tiful!”
There are over two hundred pages of full color photos of fascinating creature costumes. The introduction is Robert Wilson’s over-the-top essay on modern man’s search for his primitive roots. I like the taxonomic glossary with a short explanation of the sources and the historic/folkloric origins of each creature. The wild checkerboard endplates incorporate Genevieve Gauckler’s witty silhouette drawings of the wild men!
Here’s a video of just one of the creatures in the book: the Mamuthones of Sardinia.
What part do they play in the carnival of San Antonio? Get the book and find out!
See sample pages from this book at Wink.
Just in time for the Christmas season, Bob Knetzger has instructions to build your own tiny child-nabber.
Al writes, “KKrampusfest LA is a series of of Krampus events produced throughout December 2013 by the remnants (or ‘sleeper cell’) of LA Cacophony Society. We have been working on hand-crafted scratch-made Krampus costumes & masks for about a year, and we are the first Krampus run in the Western US. These events were contrived, […]
Toaster ovens are the perfect appliance for small things like toasted sandwiches and roasted garlic (try it!), but anything more involved usually requires a full-sized conventional oven.However, despite its small size, the Wolfgang Puck Pressure Oven can handle anything from baked pastries to broiled meats. This kitchen appliance has a minimal countertop footprint, and cooks […]
The Pry.Me Bottle Opener holds tens of thousands of times its own weight, and you can pick one up now from the Boing Boing Store.This remarkable keychain is considerably smaller than any of your keys, but don’t let that fool you: it can easily open any bottle, and could even tow a trailer full of […]