Quite frequently, someone inside the huge music business comes up with the idea of putting a news artist in a new and unique outfit, so that the consumer will not be having difficulties remembering the up and coming star. A popular way of doing so is putting an animal mask on the head of the performer. In the past, this worked quite well with Peter Fox (chimp mask) or Cro (panda mask), both by now well known artists in Germany. Presently, it looks like it may work as well with an artist going under the name ‘Ingo ohne Flamingo’. Besides wearing a quite inelegant suit with flamingo prints an eye-catching, very yellow duck mask defines the outfit he chose to wear while performing.
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Some cineasts might have asked themselves, how the professional make-up artists from hollywood are able to change a face to an extend, that one is not able anymore to recognize the person behind the mask. This realistic masking is usually achieved with special latex parts, which are custom made for the actors. This whole procedure is very time consuming and laborious, with the makeup artist often working several hours to complete a realistic disguise. This special latex applications are usually only usuable once and has to be made for each and every day of shooting.
In the night of the 31st October it is again the time to celebrate the old celtic rite of ‘Halloween’. Most people got accustomed to the sight of the neighbors children wandering around and ransacking whole stockpiles of sweets. Anybody not complying to those threats is often punished with sneaky pranks.
Flashmobs seem to be increasingly common events. Suddenly and unexpected, a group of people gathers at a previously agreed place to perform something rather unusual. Right after finishing their performance, the group usually disperses as quickly as they arrived, typically astounding bystanders by doing so.
A quite well done flashmob using fantomas latex masks was performed in Prague recently. The video found on Youtube is definitely worth watching, as it shows how good such masks look.
Traditionally, during the year of the election of the President of the USA, latex masks depicting the candidates are in high demand.
Estimates and experience shows that combined sales numbers for masks of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will reach around a million
pieces. A chinese factory producing these masks for large american retailers has opened their doors to the press in an effort to get some
news coverage and free advertisement. As a nice side effect, we can take a look behind the curtain of a latex mask factory.