‘My Neighbor Totoro’ mask, made from Woven Air Max 90s


It’s been just over 30 years since master animator, Hayao Miyazaki introduced us to Satsuke, Mei and their furry faerie friend Totoro. ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ is a beautiful and seemingly innocent film, simple, sad & sweet throughout – although some fan theories connect it to a more sinister backstory. {Studio Ghibli would rather dead that theory, and has issued a statement that denies My Neighbor Totoro’s connection to the Sayama incident.}

Air Max 90 Totoro Mask by Freehand Profit

My love for Miyazaki films started with Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away which pulled me down the rabbit hole to enjoy The Cat Returns, Porco Rosso, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle and Ponyo – to name just a few favorites. The stunning animation and pension for nuanced story telling is unsurpassed.

Air Max 90 Totoro Mask by Freehand Profit

So you can imagine I was excited to be invited to join Spoke Art’s group art show celebrating the work of Hayao Miyazaki. I had the pleasure to show the (Princess Mononoke) San inspired mask made from Gel Lyte IIIs at their Miyazaki tribute show in NY, so I jumped at the chance to make another Miyazaki mask. This time around I created a Totoro mask from 2 pairs of woven Air Max 90s. The signature smile seems haunting when conjured IRL, the teeth and gums were sculpted by hand using sculpting epoxy; and the beady eyes are glass eyes usually used in taxidermy.

Air Max 90 Totoro Mask by Freehand Profit

The Air Max 90 Totoro mask will be made available for purchase through Spoke-Art.com later today!

What Miyazaki character would you like to see transformed next? No Face from Spirited Away? A mustachioed Porco Rosso mask? Or maybe Nausicaa’s pilot mask? You’ll have to wait and see…

Here’s some shots from the show courtesy of Frankie Coto

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