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HOW TO – Identity-preserving ski mask



Andrew Salomone figured out a way to make a ski mask that doesn’t hide who you are. He writes:

It’s pretty easy to wear warm clothes on just about every part of your body except for your face. As far as I can tell, the main reason that cold-weather facial attire is somewhat socially taboo is because it generally obscures the identity of the person wearing it. Despite all of the progress our society has made towards accepting and treating all people fairly, we are still yet to escape the notion that a person in a balaclava (or ski mask) is generally up to no good. The “Identity Preserving Balaclava” is my solution to the social stigma associated with the identity concealing effect of the average balaclava. Here is the method and pattern that I used to make my own “Identity Preserving Balaclava.” Hopefully other people will be able to use this to liberate their cold faces from social repression!

30 thoughts on “HOW TO – Identity-preserving ski mask

  1. even creepier than a normal ski mask. if i saw a guy coming down the street towards me in oen of these, i wouldnt think he was going to rob me, i’d think he’s going to kill me and steal my face, hannibal lecter-style.

  2. Yes, “Creepy as hell… seems to suggest mental imbalance.” to quote my photography professor. It’s an interesting idea, but seriouslly, if these caught on, even if they didn’t, how long would it be before people performed crimes with other peoples faces? I know if i was a deviant this would be my approach.

  3. Yes, disturbing. To me it looks like a Halloween costume where someone is trying to be a character from a first person shooter.

  4. adding something like the little metal tabs that are on the inside of dust masks to the nose area of this mask would help better define the nose area and make it look more human.

    I wonder if people with some autism or asperger’s are less creeped out by this mask? Some of you folks seem to have pretty strong reactions to the mask and I find it interesting.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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