hyper-realistic face masks by Shuhei Okawara

Japanese Shop Owner Creates Hyper-Realistic Face Masks

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A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Shuhei Okawara, a retailer based out of Tokyo, has designed amusing face masks based on a facial camouflage. These hyper-realistic face masks boast a stranger’s 3D facial features.

Although Okawara’s masks won’t protect you or others from the Coronavirus. But it will definitely lend you a look of an unidentified Japanese person whose features are printed on it.

In an interview with Reuters, Okawara, said, “Mask shops in Venice probably do not buy or sell faces. But that is something that’s likely to happen in fantasy stories. I thought it would be fun to actually do that.”

Out of more than 100 applicants, who sent him their pictures for this hyper-realistic mask, he chose the face of a male model for launching his product line in October 2020. He paid ¥40,000 (US$380) to the model for his facial print. The artisan further reworked the selected image and created it in a 3D printer.

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According to Okawara, demand for these masks will increase because no other shop sells hyper-realistic masks in Japan. The masks will go on sale early next year for ¥78,000 (US$750) per piece at his Tokyo shop Kamenya Omote, whose products are intended for theatrical performances and themed parties.

Will you try wearing this hyper-realistic face mask? Spare a thought in the comment section.

Hyper-realistic face masks by Shuhei Okawara
Image: Kamenya Omote
Hyper-realistic face masks by Shuhei Okawara
Image: Kamenya Omote
Hyper-realistic face masks by Shuhei Okawara
Image: Kamenya Omote
Hyper-realistic face masks by Shuhei Okawara
Image: Kamenya Omote
Hyper-realistic face masks by Shuhei Okawara
Image: Kamenya Omote
Hyper-realistic face masks by Shuhei Okawara
Image: Kamenya Omote
Hyper-realistic face masks by Shuhei Okawara
Image: Kamenya Omote