The Jur-mask-ic Part

August 20, 2010 – Triceratops G.A.S. Mask

Today’s mask is a throw back to the Cretaceous Period.  Maybe if the dinosaurs had gas masks they’d still be stompin’ around the Earth… they’d still be runnin’ thaaaaaaangs.

I was reading up on them on Wikipedia and came across this interesting information:

The function of the frills and three distinctive facial horns has long inspired debate. Traditionally these have been viewed as defensive weapons against predators. More recent theories, noting the presence of blood vessels in the skull bones of ceratopsids, find it more probable that these features were primarily used in identification, courtship and dominance displays, much like the antlers and horns of modern reindeermountain goats, or rhinoceros beetles.[6] The theory finds additional support if Torosaurus represents the mature form ofTriceratops, as this would mean the frill also developed holes (fenestrae) as individuals reached maturity, rendering the structure more useful for display than defense.[3]

Now this is just the Blog Version of this piece.  To see the final work come check out The Pancakes & Booze Art Show on September 10th.

I heard that Jesus had a pet dinosaur. Evolution must be a myth then.
John Bacon

Welcome back to MASK365 folks, thanks for keepin’ up.  If you haven’t checked the project out yet here’s the low down:

Masks in one form or another have been around since the Stone Age.  You’d be hard pressed to find something that has as many uses as mask; think about it for a minute.  Masks can be used to conceal your identity, to scare, to protect in work or in sports, they’ve been used as punishment, in fashion and on stage.  People wear masks for numerous reasons and each one gives that mask a personality and a story of it’s own.  Bikers wear them, doctors wear them, children, adults, cops, criminals, in fact we all wear them in some form.  Masks are in many ways immortal icons in cultures around the world.

So what!?  Well… I have started a project called MASK365.  I will be designing, sculpting, drawing, painting, wearing, folding, forming and all around creating a mask a day for a full year (inspired by Skull A Day).  Here’s where you come in… just swing by and check out the blog each day to see what he has in store for you.  Have ideas for a mask?  Post it as a comment on the blog and let’s see where this project takes us.  And don’t forget to check out Everything Burgerby Char.L.Ton, he’ll be doing the same project but with burgers (mmmm now I’m hungry).

You’ll notice that some of the pieces belong to another series of work called Guerrilla Art Squadron.  The project began as  tattoo art for Ca$h the bassist for Candyman 187 & The Havenotz.  The biomechanic style gas mask he asked for was starting to look like an elephant skull and that cartoon light bulb went off.  Since then Guerrilla Art Squadron has taken on a life of its own.

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