Artist Creates Eerily Realistic Facehugger Face Mask

Published 4 years ago

We’ve already featured people who came up with some pretty creative face mask designs before but leatherworker James of Pirate’s Leatherworks has them all beat. To protect himself from the coronavirus, he created an eerily realistic face mask inspired by the facehuggers from the 1979 classic Alien – you know, the slimy little creatures that latch onto your face and shove their eggs down your throat. And it’s just as functional as it is creepy. And a little less slimy.

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Leatherworker James of Pirate’s Leatherworks recently created a creepy face mask inspired by the facehuggers from Alien

Image credits: James, Pirate’s Leatherworks

In a recent interview with Bored Panda, the man said he made the mask using a pattern he found on Etsy. “As a professional leather worker and carver, I wouldn’t normally use bought patterns and was dubious about spending a whole £14 on myself, but I saw it and thought that it’s for me and I could have a laugh walking around the local supermarket with it on,” joked the leatherworker.

Wearing face masks is now mandatory in the UK and instead of wearing a regular one, James decided to try something unique

Image credits: James, Pirate’s Leatherworks

Of course, creating a mask like that takes both time and skill – especially since it consists of a whopping 59 separate parts. Lucky for James, he was just the right man for the job and finished the mask in three days.

The mask consists of 59 separate parts and took James three days to make

Image credits: James, Pirate’s Leatherworks

He ended up making more and you can get one yourself on his Etsy store

Image credits: James, Pirate’s Leatherworks

James says that one of these masks takes about 2 to 3 sq ft of leather to create. He sells them for £130 ($170) on his Etsy store and buys a new pattern each time so that the designer gets something out of it too. Practice makes perfect and the leatherworker now finishes one mask in two days.

Some people complained about James’ masks being too expensive but the man says he doesn’t even charge the hourly rate he normally would because that would make the price double. “So, I have to work for as cheap as possible in order to get any orders and to compete with those making them as a hobby rather than a living,” added James.

One of James’ masks will set you back £130 ($170)

Image credits: James, Pirate’s Leatherworks

“So far, the public’s reaction has on the whole been rather good. A few people were taken aback and a couple were rather scared, but most don’t know the film Alien with it being made in ’79, but on the whole it’s been a good response, especially on the internet,” said James. “I must admit, it has gone absolutely mental and I never thought it would be as big a hit as it has been.”

People were both scared and taken aback when they first saw James’ mask – and it’s not hard to see why!

Image credits: James, Pirate’s Leatherworks

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One day, this guy just kind of figured - "I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?" - and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that's trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that's too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!

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