“Backes, a digital media artist among many other things, says he has created possiblymedia camouflage for the internet age” and a solution for people ‘sick of photos on sites like Facebook or worried about showing up on Streetview.”
But, “pixel masks scare the cheese out of me,” says @Tagato, going on,
“Artist Martin Backes came up with the pixelated balaclava after a years hard work, calling it the Pixelhead. He’s only making 333 of these polyester disguises, which you can grab for $192, if you are so inclined.”
But, “If you thought normal balaclavas (aka ski masks) were creepy headgear, wait until you get a load of this bitmapped oddity. Artist Andrew Salamone has created a custom balaclava that features a bitmap of his face using an electric knitting machine to stitch the image.The mask builds upon his original Identity Preserving Balaclava Project, which used actual photorealistic images of the designer’s face printed on fabric to construct the face mask. Although the original project purported to defy the taboo of covering your face entirely, it was a bit too Leatherface-y for our tastes.
“The bitmap version, though still quite odd and unsettling (it reminds us of silk stocking-capped bank robbers), is at least more palatable thanks to a slight abstraction caused by the pixelation,” says Creators Project.
Manwhile, does ‘balaclava really mean ‘ski ‘mask? Nope.
“During the Crimean War, knitted balaclavas were sent over to the British troops to help protect them from the bitter cold weather. However, according to Richard Rutt in his History of Handknitting, the name ‘balaclava helmet’ ddid not first appear in print during the Crimean War, but only much later, in 1881, says the Wikipedia.
And if you’re a Brit, as am I, you may have been forced to wear one of these itchy woolly things as part of your winter clothing.
They were very bad news if you had a runny nose 😉
Jon Newton – myblogdammit.net
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