Thursday, October 09, 2008
The backbone of any decent Halloween store is its collection of rubber masks, and the backbone of any rubber mask collection is the premium, top-of-the-line masks. Most people can't afford them, but they're great for getting people into the store.
This year is understandably light on pricey masks. People are worried about the economy.
That's not a bad thing if it nudges people into making their own masks. Home-made masks are always better than what you can buy. Of course it doesn't hurt to reference ethnic masks for inspiration.
There's no limit to what you can make yourself.
Here's a home-made skull pumpkin.
Graphic designers haven't disappointed this year.
I'm always curious to see what the Panamanians come up with...
...and it's hard to beat the Africans.
Picasso meets the Incas!
We need a good Ub Iwerks mask!
The people who made these (above) call themselves Commanches, but I see Aztec and carnival instead. Good costumes, though!
An oceanic mask (above). How do they manage to make these things so spooky?
Upward-tilted masks always look great!
More oceanic (above), but it's only one step removed from African. Once the Oceanic and African people found out about each other, the two styles were bound to blend. That's my hunch, anyway.
Uh oh! The Africans got hold of Jack Kirby and Picasso! Sigh! It was bound to happen sooner or later!
In case you were wondering what I'll be wearing on Halloween, here it is...sort of. John gave me some lederhosen a while back, which should go perfectly with this.
Posted by Eddie Fitzgerald at 11:21 PM