And the masquerade continues... I continue the mask project in the second lockdown. After the first corona mask project in the spring, I wanted to hang up the masks in the word's truest sense. But during the second lockdown in Austria, the experiences in my own environment with the coronavirus and the events of the first days of November prompted and motivated me to continue the mask series.
While in spring, it was the motivation to keep those around me happy, since this lockdown, I see it as a primary goal to motivate people to wear the mask, not by warning, but with humor and charm. Catch up on my previous masks here and here.
In this lockdown, a new mask is created every day and presented via various social networks. The motifs make use of current global events, political decisions, or simply the artist's experiences. In addition to the terrorist attack in Vienna and the USA's presidential election, it is mainly film characters, pop art motifs, and heroic figures that Kretschmer embeds in these days' current events. Each mask is unique, and behind each, there is a statement that they are not intended to warn. They are intended to entertain, but above all, to motivate. And not only to take the mask requirement seriously, but with humor, to take these days a little more calmly, enjoy the time with the family, and support local trade and the social environment.
How long the mask project will be continued is still unclear; the last mask will probably be designed when the new mask requirement ends. Today, a total of 100 masks have been designed; how many will follow is not yet in sight.
Lockdown 2.0 Day 26. The second character from the mask series "Guys without a nose." A gentleman who so rarely plays the nice boy or has a talent for dramatic exits, whether as an English patient who then turns out to be Hungarian, as a drinking friend of Oskar Schindler, a business traveler in Bruges, or in this case, as the bad boy in a fantasy film series. Today's mask is dedicated to my dear old fellow student MöMö! Keep on catching the train to Hogwarts!
Lockdown 2.0 Day 28. The third member of the mask series "Guys without a nose." Davy Jones, one of the bad guys! It is well-known that you don't need a nose underwater anyway; with tentacles, you can somehow get this shortcoming under control, I think. We don't have any bathing weather today anyway, so please your noses, tomorrow we'll continue with the masks! Stay healthy!
Lockdown 2.0 Day 29. So this year, it won't be the Grinch who messes up Christmas and the contemplative time of Advent... anyway, a nice December 1st.
Lockdown 2.0 Day 19. Batman already existed last Saturday, and so that he doesn't get bored these days, I present—BANE. Pro: a shining example for all of us when wearing masks (I almost don't know him without mouth, nose, and jaw protection). Cons: He wanted to pulverize Gotham. You do not do that! Dear people, have a nice weekend! Stay at home, watch some classic films again, and call your mothers again!
Lockdown 2.0 Day 11. The brown cow likes to do the moooooo thing, the purple cow, the pudding. A cheer for the purple cow, the only cow color that we recognize here in Vienna and will probably see for a long time. Dear people, stay at home, stock up on treats and wine. It doesn't look like the end of the tunnel is in sight. Happy Friday the 13th! Don't buy indiscriminately from online corporations; rather, buy from the Schedis, the Haasen, the Caleos, Paschingers, and all the other small dealers in your communities!
Lockdown 2.0, day 8. The forbidden DOOOOOOOOOOOONUT! The Simpsons as a delicious contrast program these days, my constant companions for 30! years. Dedicated to my droogies from better days in Gmunden, the dear Frau Fraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaau for the idea, and the dashing Nicki for anyway & know ma eh! Check out the Simpsons & watch yourselves!
Lockdown 2.0 Day 17. Again, a mask from the Hollywood junk box. Let's see if they let me into the shop like that. And let's see if I can use these fingernails to pull the change out of my wallet—question after question. Stay safe, take a look at yourself, and be nice to the shop assistants who hold the position for us!
Lockdown 2.0 Day 13. Last Sunday before the Hardcore Lockdown. Four childhood friends (from the same household, mind you) took the opportunity to visit me in my studio. Michelangelo, Donatello, Rafael, and Leonardo have always been wearing their masks, but if you consider where they live, corona is really the least of my worries. I'll get to cleaning & disinfecting right away. Stay healthy! We'll make it!
Lockdown 2.0 Day 23. Again, a childhood friend. Even if the Gauls are practically invincible thanks to the magic potion, they still wear helmets. After all, the sky could fall on their heads at some point... so be like the Gauls & wear your masks! Better safe than sorry!
Watching The News
Lockdown 2.0 Day 7. If I watch the news late at night, I will lose my sleep! It's really no longer on a cow's skin what's going on in the world these days. At least I have both hands free for beer, popcorn, & co. and can still look horrified with the mask. Anyway, it'll get better again, call ahead! Stay healthy!
Lockdown 2.0 Day 21. There are many reasons to be angry with green and blue these days—you have to turn on the TV. And yet, too much anger is bad for the heart and the complexion of the skin. So it stays positive. At some point, this ghost will also be over.
Lockdown 2.0 Day 20. We are in Hell, boy. Lockdown 2.0, a lot of things that we appreciate and love but are not allowed to do. Unfortunately. But also many things for which we really have a lot of time now as for my two snot boys. Often annoying, but a unique time that you learn to appreciate. Or not... Hell is what you make of it. See the positives these days. That makes it easier. And before the question arises... it's the boys' turn this Sunday, next Sunday there will be a mask for my little lady. Stay healthy!
Lockdown 2.0 Day 18. Vetter It. A tribute to all hairdressing salons, pedicure studios, dog hairdressers, and, and, and... No system owner, but (partly) responsible for ensuring that we can step outside the door in a handsome and well-groomed manner. Anyway, let's make a virtue out of necessity; fashion trends repeat themselves every 10-20 years anyway. I tell you, the hippie hairstyle is on the rise if the lockdown is still going on. This mask is dedicated to a dear friend from Gmundentagen, who looks amazingly similar to this member of the Addams Family. Make love, not trouble!
Lockdown 2.0 Day 6... St. Basti (the Austrian Federal Chancellor) You can blame him for a lot, but you can also give him credit for a lot. After all, our federal bastion has held the position since March & is doing a job that hardly anyone else would want to do. It remains to be seen whether the timing, the lockdowns, the financial support have been implemented correctly... Have a nice Sunday, stay healthy!
Lockdown 2.0 Day 22. The Metropolis' Maria (Fritz Lang "Metropolis," 1927). Another classic film from the Roaring '20s. It's funny how people imagined the future almost 100 years ago. The mask of the great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandma of C3PO is dedicated to my old LEF droogie Ezio, who suggested this mask in June, before the end of the first mask series. Stay healthy and call your grannies again!
Remember, remember the 5th of November! I've waited years to use this phrase in a meaningful context. HOORAY! See today's mask as a little inspiration to stay at home. Curfew is bad; watch a classic again! True to the motto: The news these days are heavy as lead. Vendetta is nicer!
Lockdown 2.0 day 30. Today we crack the 100 With the face veils from the first lockdown, we come to 100 masks today!!! I hope I made you happy 100 times in total; I hope I can & will continue to do it, although I would have liked to save myself the whole thing. Stay healthy, my dear ones, & wear your masks! Hopefully, not many masks will follow!
Mascha & The Bear
Lockdown 2.0 Day 27. This Sunday, a homage to Masha & the Bear. Last week it was the boys' turn; this Sunday, there is the mask for my own little Masha. Stay healthy and take advantage of these days of lockdown. We are locked up, but this amount of time we now have for our loved ones is unique and will not come back. Use it!
Lockdown 2.0 Day 15. Hangover on the 1st day of the new Hardcore Lockdown. Close trade, close schools, stay at home is the order of the day. In keeping with today's mood, the wise words of Alice Cooper: "School's out..." So, music on, sit back, let's make the most of this time. I will make sure that I will at least keep you happy! Keep on rockin'!
Lockdown 2.0 Day 14. Another mask for our ladies. I think we are slowly but surely at the point where we really freak out. Tomorrow the country will be closed again, using the last day to do everything that is no longer allowed tomorrow. Shopping in the small shops, for example. Stay healthy! And good! And wear your masks! Until then, your Harley Quinn!
Helping Local Stores
Lockdown 2.0 Day 10. Today again with a request! Since trade is also suffering a lot from the current situation, support on your part and our part is critical. The Gmunden city center shops were imaginative & want to accommodate their customers & are now offering "private shopping": Since there are also some childhood and school friends among the dealers, it is imperative to support the campaign. But I think all traders will appreciate a little help these days. Not only in Gmunden but also in Vienna, Munich, and Hintertupfing.
Lockdown 2.0 Day 4. We wear masks in all our lives. This year, they are also visible. You can scold, you can whine and moan, I do too. But let's make the most of this time! Smile again and stay healthy!
I don't know about you, but I'm really in the mood today to hear a little Green Day again. The text doesn't quite fit anymore, but the subject does.
Lockdown 2.0 day 16. I present—the spare bro! Based on a dear friend who works for a traditional Austrian bank and looks very similar to the World Savings Day figure. Joking aside—unless corona has already eaten up all your savings—do not waste your hard savings at international mail-order companies! Buy locally, regionally, either now from Austrian online providers, or after the end of the lockdown in the store. Let's do something for our dealers, be the spare bros now and then buy from those that it really helps in December. Bro style! Stay safe, my dear ones!
Lockdown 2.0 Day 9. Today again with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Today, 11.11. Carnival begins at 11:11 a.m.—the funniest and hottest time of the year for the inner Salzkammergut. On Rose Monday, it goes to the Ebenseer carnival ball in a traditional tattered robe. This carnival season will probably be canceled for the first time in 100,000 years. Therefore—in honor of the shredded ball—today's shredded mask, to let the tradition live on at least in part.
Lockdown 2.0 Day 24. A tribute to one of the greats. R.I.P. Diego!
The Dark Knight
Lockdown 2.0 Day 12. Nanananananananana—BAAAAAAATMAAAAN! Since childhood, this constant companion is still in gray tights, now with the voice of a chain smoker. Pro: protects us from bad guys! Cons: Mask definitely offers little or no protection against viruses. Dedicated to dear Irmi Irmiger, who has been waiting for a Batman mask since the first mask project. Stay healthy & go shopping again before the hardcore lockdown! Not online, not at newly opened, highly frequented furniture stores, but friends and well-known dealers in your home communities!
Je Suis Vienne