No.113: “Princess Mononoke” Asics Gel Lyte III Gas Mask
Princess Mononoke is more than a film, it’s mythic, legendary, insightful and of course inspriational. When I was given the opportunity to be a part of a group art show with “Animation” as its theme I jumped at a chance to intepret San’s mask.
It was modeled by my very own little wild wolf girl, my wife – Betsy VanDeusen. We shot the mask at Cache Creek Rec Area just a few miles from our new-ish NorCal studio. Last summer this was just one of many location scarred by devastating wild fires, the Rocky Fire which hit the Cache Creek area also forced our evacuation and burnt nearly 70,000 acres. El Niño has brought much needed rains to California making it a fairly green winter here. This set the stage for reflecting the destruction and rebirth, both the themes of the film and my artistic process. I had hoped for a foggy morning as 28 out of 30 are lately, of course the days I had scheduled were clear. We took the win as a nice warm morning photo shoot in the woods.
This 1 of a kind piece is the 113th sneaker mask by Freehand Profit. It is created from a single pair of Asic Gel Lyte IIIs and is inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s legendary animated film Princess Mononoke. It is currently in Washington DC and will be a part of an animation themed group show put together by Ackshun Jackson ( @yoyodc ), it is available for purchase and will be shipped to the lucky owner once the show has ended. The show is tomorrow at @StickyRiceDC and opens at 8PM.
For any other inquiries about purchasing this piece or info on the group show please contact: Ackshun Jackson at email@example.com
A little personal story about how “Princess Mononoke” came into my life…
Shortly after I graduated high school in 2001 I was hanging out with a childhood friend and fellow artist Brad. Brad asked if I had ever seen “Princess Mononoke”… I looked at him, blinked and foolishly said something along the lines of “Why would I want to watch a movie about a princess?” (I imagine I was probably embodied by young Fred Savage from ‘The Princess Bride’ at this moment – “Is this going to be a kissing movie?”) Despite my ignorance he put the movie on.
I had been into Japanese animation on a strictly stylistic level in middle school, not adverse to it but no grasp on it. “Princess Mononoke” cracked the world of Anime wide open for me, the same way hearing “Distant Relatives” by Nas & Damian Marley gave me an ear for Reggae. In both instances, I devoured any Anime or Reggae I could find for just a taste of what I saw and felt watching “Princess Mononoke” or listening to “Distant Relatives”.
Anime is now a significant influence on me as an artist, the GMP VI Gas Mask for example is inspired by Briorius from Appleseed.
This piece is dedicated to Brad, thanks and I’m sorry.