Make your own geometrical papercraft mask


Wintercroft's Etsy storefront is full of beautiful, downloadable plans for making geometrical animal- and horror-masks from recycled cardboard boxes. It's a great, simple way to make the perfect Hallowe'en costume.

Read the rest

Kickstarting a set of Kooky Kreeps papercraft Hallowe'en masks

Matt Hawkins is a talented papercraft designer and illustrator who's work we've featured before. He's got a kickstarter up for his Kooky Creeps papercraft Hallowe'en masks ("You know, just in time for Xmas!" -M. Hawkins), which are absolutely terrific. $25 gets you all four masks in a coffin-portfolio. For $1,000 he'll make you a one-of-a-kind piece.

Kooky Creeps

Cosplayer in a realistic Ron Jeremy mask


By far the most uncanny and arresting cosplayer I've seen at any Comic-Con was this young woman in an incredibly realistic latex Ron Jeremy mask, from Hyperflesh. I mean, wow.

Ron Jeremy Mask

Science fictional, sculptural mask/helmets


Bruce D. Mitchell is an amazing sculptor who works in the film industry; his "Conceptual Executioner" site showcases a series of gorgeous masks and helmets from 2010. He implies that they have been offered for sale at some point, though no prices are given, leading me to believe that it's one of those, "If you have you ask, you probably can't afford," deals. At least we get to look.

I Have been working in the FX industry since 1992. I have contributed to the creation of various creatures, costumes, miniatures, set pieces and props. I have met and worked with some awesome talent and learned something from each of them. I will be showing my own work on this page. These are the pieces I have been making and showing in Gallery's and special venues. The Masks and Helmets are all wearable and incorporate some function. All pieces were created in my home studio. One thing I would like to say to any producers. Please do not look at this as a menu but rather what I have conceptually achieved so far. . . Thanks for viewing.

Bruce D. Mitchell Conceptual Executioner

Batbane mask is yours for $130

Inb4 Cory! [Etsy via Khoi]

Pioneers at the ready, Leningrad

On Retronaut, Viktor Bulla's "Pioneers defense drill, Leningrad." It dates from 1937, four years before the Siege of Leningrad, and that makes the weirdness vivid and poignant. So many of the children here would have died in the Siege, or lived through it in the civil defense force, eating wallpaper paste and digging trenches. How brave and ready they must have felt in 1937, though.

Pioneers defense drill, Leningrad

Low-poly mask, a papercraft mask for Halloween

"kongrorilla" created this nifty design for a Low-Poly Mask for Halloween 2012. Download it from Thingiverse and make your own.

Read the rest

Crixus: gladiator mask


Leatherworker Tom Banwell's latest piece, his "Crixus" mask, is very nice cross between the Hannibal Lecter transport mask and something from the Road Warrior: "I realized that the center seam between the eyes--while helping the skull look--was unnecessary and if I eliminated it I could add a row of spikes there. I changed the leather pattern enough so that I needed to remake the prototype from scratch. And I gave the leather a nice rusty iron coloring... Even though the mask was done (except for the straps), and I liked it, I didn't have a clear idea what it was. It wasn't until I spent a couple of days studying it that I realized that it was both protective and scary."

Uncle Charlie Becomes Crixus

Unicorn head mask

Attention! There is now a unicorn version of Accoutrements' legendary Horse Head Mask.

Product Features
• Fits most adult heads
• Super Creepy!
• This mask lets you be the unicorn you know you are!
• Latex with realistic fur mane.
• Are you a secret unicorn?

Well, are you?

Britain considers mask ban; may use army if unrest continues

Among the post-riot measures to be enacted in Britain, Reuters reports, will be controls on face coverings and the possible use of the army to suppress future disturbances.

Britain will crack down on gangs and may call in army support if this week's riots are repeated, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday, saying he would not allow a "culture of fear" to exist on the streets.

The government will also give the police powers to demand people remove face coverings after many looters who ransacked shops during riots in London and other English cities this week wore masks to avoid being identified.

For what criminal activities (such as looting) is the appropriate response to demand someone remove a mask, instead of being arresting for the crime?

The Guardian has full details on Prime Minister David Cameron's report today in Parliament:

• Instant messaging services will be reviewed. "We are working with the Police, the intelligence services and industry to look at whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality," he said.

• The police will have new powers to order people to remove facemasks. "On facemasks, currently [the police] can only remove these in a specific geographical location and for a limited time," Cameron said. "So I can announce today that we are going to give the police the discretion to remove face coverings under any circumstances where there is reasonable suspicion that they are related to criminal activity."

• Curfew powers will be reviewed. "On dealing with crowds, we are also looking at the use of existing dispersal powers and whether any wider power of curfew is necessary," he said.