So since the past few blogs have been rather technical I figured I'd switch gears and do a lighter post. Not too long ago I noticed in Facebook that my profile's photo series demonstrates how closely Veronica, my dog, and I have grown to look alike:
Ok, ok. So I'm wearing makeup. Still, striking, no? The two photos on the left are from my Halloween costume this year. I was under the weather and feeling rather miserable this year, but I figured if chickenpox didn't stop me from getting dressed for Halloween when I was a kid, no flu was going to either. My chickenpox year I ended up going as a pink vampire due to the calamine lotion and had to stand at the curb while my mother begged treats on my behalf. Not surprisingly, pretending to be undead while sick doesn't take too much acting ability.
I did make someone scream while at a my one halloween excursion this year, a bonfire with smores over at a friend's house. It helped I wasn't moving much and a teenage girl started came near and said something along the lines of "Oh look at the clow.....IEEEEEEEEE." The skull headed cane is pretty freaky all by itself.
The wonderful makeup job on my face was mostly done by Colleen. It has been a long time since I've had contacts and so I can't see my own face with my glasses off. One of these years I need to try just putting a white base on my face and put black around my sockets as I can see them. Likely a result closer to the lastest Joker.
Colleen has a picture of the full outfit on flickr, minus my skull headed cane.
If you're wondering who/what I'm supposed to be, I can't really say. This costume isn't based off any particular character but rather a mix of imagery involving a fool with a skull mask. I suspect at least part of the imagery comes from various images of the Danse Macarbe. For example, take the following thumbnail (found the image at the blog Artstor)....
The clown from Twisted Metal probably played some unconscious influence on my mental picture and probably some tattoo/punk/counter-culture type art as well. I thought the skull & fool's cap motif was more common, but I can't seem to find too many examples.
If someone really pushed me for a character, I did have a fallback option of claiming Yorrick, which was probably just as obscure.
Perhaps next year I'll alter the makeup scheme just a little and go as V. Of course, then the question comes, can I make V look like me? Given how little she has liked Halloween costumes years past I don't think that one is very likely to happen.