A Mission to Save This Jackal God

The Santa Anna Winds whip around our lab making for strange thuds, as pine needles and branches slap against the window. It breaks the calm of this lab, almost challenges the peace. While our queue is empty, there has been decompression from the previous workload. Usually in these months, we try and not take on too much work. As the dinosaur returns to the lab from work travel, he is happy to have some time available (like, whole days) to do some mask work. However, there is one matter which has made us stop in our tracks.

Two people dressed in head-to-toe rubber carry a gurney. There is a person in rubber with a jackal mask on. Illustration by James Newland, copyright 2021.
You could absolutely call this a jackal emergency. Artwork by Spacepup Silver: (spacepupsilver.com)

Some of our previous customers will still contact us long after their purchase, acquiring parts to maintain their mask. Sometimes, someone needs a repair that requires us to take the mask back into our care. However, with a customer that contacted us back in fall, they had a matter of one very sick jackal god. Latex (as a material) has properties and attributes which affect how well it holds up over time. With proper care (and storage) for latex garments one can enjoy their gear for a long time. Once the mask arrived, and we were able to take a look, we could confirm with the customer that there was latex rot present on an area of the mask. It had been obvious to the both us and the customer, that we were in a race against time.

Latex does have a desire to return to a form more like what comes from the rubber tree. Looking at this pale jackal god, and touching the affected area, we could feel the latex was more yielding and thin. There was a tacky and “gummy” feel. Stego quickly worked to excise it, as if to prevent a tumor or cancer’s spread. He took an area from the hood, well beyond the exact area where the latex starts to feel “weird”.

Taking this precious mask into our hands, it tells a story. This mask has been well loved, and we can only hope all of our early pieces can get this vibe when its captured player walks into the room of a convention or event. For this person, of course they would want to see if they could rescue something that is more than a mask, but rather an experience.

We were already taking in one or two masks (at a time) in times when we could fit in a refurbishment, or take care of a warrantied customer. While the latex rot is always a tragic thing to have happen to latex, we know that we can bring this mask back to a stable state. Currently pouring a new “skin” for them, and surgery has begun in earnest.

Further Confusion 2016: We Are In The Art Show

Stego departed from the mountain yesterday afternoon, ready for some furry fun. First trip of the new year, and the boys have worked hard enough to enjoy some fun for the convention weekend.  Stego arrived last night but rose early this morning (early for a convention anyway) and has gotten our items placed on the convention floor.  So, if you are looking to pick up something nice and squeaky, here is our inventory of items for this year’s art show…

 

  • JG-1 This item has soldWild Mask KG1 - Quarter View
  • Special Item : Wild Mask
    A feline that allows you to breathe (and drink) easy. Wildgasmask products are usually designed around enclosure of some kind, but we never run out of alternative suggestions that might veer us away from the status quo. We created a hybrid of something that encases but that is less restrictive than our typical hoods. The hood was used to our advantage to keep the chin covered up from those who may be standing nearby. The area of exposed skin is minimal, leaving an opening just large enough to accommodate a straw and give the wearer a clearer breathing passage.  You can consider this a ‘wild mask’ (vs a ‘wild gasmask’). The internal components were not added to this mask,  but upon purchase, this mask will come with a set of our standard smoke lenses.

    Front View        Side View        Back View

    Measurements ( Please see
    this chart ):
    1. 23 inches/ 58.4cm     2. 27inches/ 68.6cm      3. 16.5inches/ 41.9cm     4. 26inches/ 66cm     5.17inches/ 43.2cm       6. 3inches/ 7.6cm          7. 3.5inches/ 8.9cm         8. 2.5inches/ 6.4cm

  • HG-1 : Pink and White Breyerhorse Design (comes with all internal components, a pair of black lenses and a carry strap)
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Stego will be around the convention til Sunday.  If you own one of our masks and have any light repair needs, we can help you. Please contact us through our Twitter account or through Stego’s public account@stego_s_aurus_p.  we have brought a compact collection of tools with us.  This will allow us to address any simple repair jobs for people who have brought their masks to the convention.

We look forward to seeing some of you again this year….

The Road Trip to Further Confusion Begins

Greetings! This is Stego breaking in with an impromptu FC announcement.  We are currently packing the last of our luggage and getting ready for that driving trip up to the Bay Area.  One advantage of driving up there (vs. flying) is that we are able to pack more and pack other items that we like to leave away from the clumsy hands of the TSA.

Within our luggage, we will be bringing a “small lab” of tools with us.  This will allow us to address any simple repair jobs for people who have brought their masks to the convention.  We will also have a small selection of lenses for those who may want something different for their mask’s “eyes”.

Wildgasmasks is also in the artshow!  If you wish to get ahold of one of our standard masks, you can find these items in the art show : an HG2, a KG1, and a JG 1.5.  The art show begins at 10am on Friday.

We look forward to meeting our friends at this convention and having a great time.  meddle and I will be running around all convention long, so if you see us and need something, do not hesitate to flag us down.  For those on Twitter, you can also reach us through my public Twitter account (@stego_s_aurus_p).

Can’t wait!