[…] I’m sorry for the stuff that I’ve done. And it’s not like I’m searching for people’s approval, but I just want people to know that that’s not me, and I was doing stuff that wasn’t me. And a lot of times we pretend so that we can fit it and then we end up looking like a douche bag […] I really just didn’t know how to handle it [the fame], and it went to my head, and I had to let people pull me down for me to see the truth, and to see how much of a jerk I was being.
Whether it’s a helmet for the big game, a disguise for a stealthy rendezvous, a transformative adornment completing a costume, or a headpiece dutifully positioned before singing in the mirror, most of us are familiar with the otherworldly metamorphosis that goes with donning a mask. What you may not know, however, is just how far back the mystifying powers of the curious accessories originated, and just how widely their traditions extend. "Everybody has put on a mask in his life somehow, whether as a child or at some point later on," explained Jan Van Alphen, Director of Exhibitions, Collections & Research at the Rubin Museum of Art, in an interview with The Huffington Post Arts. "A mask is something everybody knows and is accustomed to. We don’t have to teach people what a mask is. However, I wanted to explore the meaning of masks on multiple levels, starting with the oldest cultures." See more of these incredible masks here.
“I think everyone has a right to represent themselves exactly the way they want. People shouldn’t be getting hurt over something that personal to them. Don’t let anyone scare you out of being the person you are or the person you want to be.”