The Doernbecher 9 Mask may be my 78th mask, but it is the first mask to be built on a entirely custom base, made up of different masks and mask parts. I shot it in Los Angeles with good friend Julio Tellez (@chewlio) – you may recognize him (or his tattoos at least lol) from mask shoots for the Cheech & Chong SB Gas Mask, the all white Air Force 1 Gas Mask and the Bred 11 Gas Mask. One of my favorite features of this amazing Jordan 9 are the golden feathers, something I wanted to bring both into the model and the backdrop. The Air Jordan 9 “Doernbecher” was designed by Oswaldo “Pollito” Jimenez – an 11 year old boy who was diagnosed with severe pulmonary hypertension. The mask, like the shoe, features his lucky number “17, his nickname “Pollito” as well as his birthday “September 13th”.
This mask came to embody duality – it represents the balance between life and death. It’s dual nature is reflected in its both fox-like and chicken-esque features. Color too begins to mean something, as the radiant gold representing life intertwines with the cool, dark blacks – the color long associated with death.
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