Gas Masks as High End Fashion Art

High end Fashion Gas Masks by artist, designer and inventor Diddo

Gas Mask art… Wow I’m taken by Diddo’s work and I’m not a fan of conceptual art. In fact, I mostly hate it. Cleaver does not an artist make, there needs to be more. 

That being said. Diddo’s work is arresting. Gas masks are so ingrained into our subconscious as an object of fear. The gas masks says I’m here and so is doom and death, pestilence and the four horsemen of the apocalypse are not far behind. Its a foreboding object; Desert Storm, Scud Missiles headed toward Tel Aviv, Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons. Not long ago I remember being inundated with images of civilians, soldiers, school children clumsily adorned with the new fashion statement for the coming “end of days”. Saddams WMD’s could be anywhere. Maybe in your closet? Remember news stories of agents dressed in full chemical suits inspecting something suspicious? The image of the gas mask was everywhere. 

Diddo’s High Fashion Protection work hits you. Its shocking to see diamonds (zirconia?) on such a sinister, dirty, object like a gas masks. I’m not a fashionista so the logos trademark designer graphics don’t mean much to me other than I recognize them. From the photographs you can tell the craftsmanship is superior. The work is quality.  You cannot shock easily these days. Seeing a dreaded object transformed into something so well crafted and sexy, its psychological antithesis, is jarring fun and exciting.  Gas Mask Art Wow what fun, Who knew? 

Hope you enjoy the work as much as I. Check out Dido’s website’s below

Diddo’s website

Diddo’s facebook page

Preformance Transfiguration Olivier de Sagazan live mask

TRANSfiGURATion from salquebre emilie on Vimeo.

TRansfiguration, performance de Olivier de Sagazan
10.10.09, demeure du chaos

Artist Olivier de Sagazan creates a hybrid practice integrating paintings, photography, sculpture, and performance. His series Transfiguration began in 2001. De Sagazan builds layers of clay over his face and body transforming into an animal broken from the physical world. Unsettling work transfiguring malevolence into a  maniacal vulnerable  canvas. The artist states: “I am interested in seeing to what degree people think its normal, or even trite, to be alive.” Olivier de Sagazan has exhibited widely in France and Europe,Canada, Brésil Corée in art galleries, museums, and film festivals. With an cult following online, and rave reviews about his expressive and inimitable style, it is no wonder de Sagazan’s remarkable “body art” work’s featured in the non-verbal film Samsara, the Sequel to Baraka, directed by Ron Fricke. This ARtist creates art which assaults. Its not cheap art, wall art. It doesn’t come packaged as in art kits. Its online art but not in a collection. Bathroom art, store art, art which the matches the drapes this is not.


Olivier De Sagazan on Facebook

Dogon Mask West Africa – ART Masks

In the West African country of Mali, masks and puppets play an important role in traditional culture.

The masks are also worn to protect hunters against the revenge of the animal he has killed.

Dogon Mask

“Elephant-mask’ with its big round ears and long nose decorated with  beads, is from West Cameroon, to whom it is unique.

Pixelhead Limited Edition Mask – Martin Backes – art masks

Martin Backes's Limited Edition Pixelhead Masks

Martin Backes  limited edition Pixelhead Mask

Martin Backes Limited Edition  Pixelhead  Mask

Martin Backes  limited edition Pixelhead mask

Pixelhead  Limited Edition Art Mask by Martin Backes

Martin Backes’s work seems to have taken on a life of its own, based on the internet coverage. He only posted it on the web this month. Its very popular. There’s something compelling about a human becoming pixelated in the analog world.  Usually its the other way around. I also like there is no hole for the nose. It has a knightish  medieval feel it. If you like his work make sure you check out his Facebook Page.  He’s a sound artist as well as a visual artist. You can buy this thoughtful work of art directly from Martin Backes website.

More Markin Backes on the Web



 ARTCONNECT BERLIN’s 1st Anniversary

Martin’s description about his Pixelhead from his website:

The limited edition is slightly different from the original you might have seen on my website. The material used is elastic fabric for beach fashion and sports gear with a Pixel-style print of the German Secretary of the Interior Hans-Peter Friedrich. The mask has holes for your eyes and mouth, so you can see and breathe comfortably while wearing. But please take a look for yourself (see photos). Each Pixelhead is signed (stamp) and numbered, and comes with an Invoice and Certificate of Authenticity.

Pixelhead limited edition
Size: Unisize (34 x 26 cm)
Material: elastic fabric, digital fabric printing color

Photo of Art Mask Photoshopped

Photo Paper Art Mask

I made a bunch of these art masks. I use them in videos they have a real animated quality to them on film. I like to pass the photos and film through photoshop to give it an extra hyperreality. I’m mad angry sad happy etc. I’ve made art masks for many years. A few years back I had a purging. I guess I restocking the inventory.

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ME on Mars -oil painting on canvas

ME on Mars- oil painting

I created this oil painting while living on Mars, another time, another person. Mars the angry red planet takes some getting used too. It exacts a price. Takes a toll. Oil paint drys faster there, even the whites. Not much to drink expect salt the tears. I can only take so much gasoline. After a while it corrodes the guts and makes a man hollow. Oil Paintings talk to me. Dreams are more authentic than existence. I sleep and sleep. The tombs, under the surface, filled with a sinister hostile force. It isn’t like on the blue planet. Here life’s in the vapors; nothing’s tangible, everythings a metaphor. And the solitude’s endless. I make friends with almost anything. I have long talks with my paintings. They keep me company for hours, days, months, years. I was at a lost when I ran out of paint, oil painting.

Snake Head

Oh to the snake head, the moon bats, the wretched. Oh to the village of the damned.

His sister sinister cut and bit her, drinking turpentine, again and again and again.

Oh to the snake head, the wombats and the Calvary battery, fastidious flattery,

maniacally dull, endlessly droll,

 seeminglessly, bored, whore

with flaccid affection, misdirection, and scales in hand, she’s shredding my mind again.



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all written produced and played by the great JOHN E BASE only here on SezVez

all music copyright JOHN E BASE 2012

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