The King’s Pride Gas Mask still stands as a personal favorite of mine. From the mask itself to the photo shoot it felt like pitching a perfect game. Folks are often surprised to find out that I shot the King’s Pride Gas Mask in our small LA apartment. With the help of my wife Betsy and our good friends Brian and Rosa, we built quite an installation that day. Brian was the co author of my first art book – Army of the Undeadstock. His son “Mars” even joined in the fun.
The concept of a king’s pride is ripe with symbolism. The child representing the king’s heir (one form of pride, his legacy). It can also be interpreted as a king’s family- as in a lion’s “pride”. A king’s pride can be both positive and negative in nature, that balance is depicted through symbols of death (skull) and decay (pollution at his feet), greed (hoarded resources – food) and destruction (war – missiles and Apache helicopters).