The top 20 most powerful people in the world
of masks as picked by the public. All these people have had an
impact in the way the hobby has evolved and many are still steering
that ship. Have a look, read about them, visit their sites and
give them a pat on the back for pushing the world of painted rubber
to where it is today and where it is going tomorrow.
Here they are starting with #20 and working
our way to the top.
Chris runs a popular site called the Monster Lab where professionals
from the FX world gather. A lot of mask makers mill around
there too. Chris also created the Executioner for Death
Studios that has gotten critical acclaim from the media and has
generated so much buzz, he had to go into hiding and change his name
Fuller: Jon got the ball rolling with
his Yahoo group called Monster Makin/Creature Creatin way back in
the day (ok, about a year ago). Thanks to Yahoo, his group
wound up evolving into what Christian Hanson created. Jon has
also become a professional FX stud in Hollywood. He has
created a number of masks for Death Studios and some independent
creations of his own.
Love: Casey has come on strong in the
mask world the last year or so. His brand of original and real
to life masks and models have gotten the attention of quite a number
of fans. He does it all and intends on leaving a bigger mark
before it's all through. Check out his site and you will
agree, it's some of the best stuff out there.
Austin: EA heads the very popular HMA.
He has been going strong for many years and is responsible for
developing a strong community in the mask world. Fans flock to
his site to gaze at the next marvel of latex coming from very
talented artists. His personal collection is about ready for
the Smithsonian. Ask EA about a unique hard to find piece and
chances are, he'll dig up something for you.
Smith: John is one of the most
productive mask makers. His masks are all over Death Studios
lineup and are perennial favorites. His remarkable resume
includes Death Studios Vampyre that just about everyone owns and a
popular Myers called Samhain, just to name a few. Have a look
at the artist that created your favorite DS mask and there's a good
chance it was John.
Lester: Joe left 'em screaming at
DarkSide Studios this season. He hit the ball hard with Smilin
Jack and the Jester mask. Joe's a humble guy that has talent
rivaling some of Hollywood's best. Joe's brand of
characterization in his work has artists rethinking that 'snarl'
look that is so common. Joe can also crank out the goods in
other mediums not involving latex.
Baker: Rick Baker is the man in the FX
world. Rick's work ethic and dedication are second to none.
If you have never heard of Rick, you probably haven't seen a movie
in the last decade. He does apes like no one else and can
outsculpt just about anyone. His influence in the mask world
runs deep. He lies in wait in just about all artist's
subconscious, influencing their designs with his past work (is that
hokey or what?).
Chris hails from Mississippi and is a
production machine. He has a new mask popping up all the time
and keeps the goods coming to the fans from his site Twisted Toybox.
Chris does all kinds of masks and helps to keep the independent mask
world moving full steam ahead. Chris also puts customer
service first and gets nothing but rave reviews from his customers
(How many of you spelled Mississippi in your head?)
DR. Lady is a legend. His knowledge and
experience with masks is second to none. David has put out
various books on collecting and mask making and is considered "the
source" for everything rubber on your head. He also runs the
Horror Hotel in Ohio with his wife Laura Lady.
Inman: If there is one guy that
epitomizes the independent mask maker, it is Harry. He has
been doing masks since before some of the fans were born.
Harry puts out some amazing pieces of art. If you haven't seen
some of his personal mask videos he sends to customers, you are
missing out on some entertaining stuff. Have a look at his
site and you will agree, Harry has done a TON of masks.