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Steampunk Gas Masks (UPDATE)

Artist Tom Banwell Creates Sci-Fi Face Armor

— August 12, 2011 — Art & Design
Artist Tom Banwell specializes in a variety of different works of art, but his most cogent and effective speciality is a collection of science fiction influenced steampunk gas masks that seem more at home in a William Gibson or Ray Bradbury novel than on someone's face.

As an artist, Tom Banwell's creations are entirely original, and feature deft workmanship and dedication. Each of his masks are wearable, and fashionable. One suspects his penchant for creating such memorable steampunk gas masks is that the sci-fi headgear manages to blend Tom's biggest interests: history, costumes, and fantasy.

I'm not one for freakish masks, but Tom Banwell's craftsmanship has me considering a trip into another realm. Look through our gallery to see some of the highlights from his workbook.

Implications - In the last few years, Hollywood has placed an increased focus on properties that are either video game, comic book, or animation related. This is because this properties arrive with a ready-made fanbase. A company would be wise to partner with another brand that has "cult" or obsessive fans. This increases the brand's chances of creating a lasting connection with a consumer based on a short-term co-branded product.
Trend Themes
1. Steampunk Fashion - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Creating unique and fashionable steampunk-inspired clothing and accessories.
2. Niche-fandom Partnerships - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Collaborating with brands that have cult or obsessive fans to create co-branded products and tap into a passionate consumer base.
3. Sci-fi-inspired Art - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Exploring the intersection of science fiction and art to create visually captivating and thought-provoking pieces.
Industry Implications
1. Fashion and Apparel - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Incorporating steampunk elements into mainstream fashion to cater to an alternative fashion subculture.
2. Entertainment and Media - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Partnering with cult or fandom-driven properties to create unique merchandise and experiences for dedicated fans.
3. Art and Design - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Pushing the boundaries of traditional art by incorporating sci-fi themes and creating visually captivating pieces.
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