mask of medusa

There is a mystery about masks: what are the reasons which everywhere have made man want to cover his face with a second one, an instrument of change, of ecstasy, of possession by the gods, which is also an instrument of intimidation and political power? Ethnology is full of masks, spasms, trances, hypnosis and the panics which are the almost inevitable consequence of them… even thus debased to a simple accessory at a carnival or a fancy-dress dance, it is still disturbing and fascinating. Its power is held in check, on a rein, but it has not gone.
—  Roger Caillois, from The Mask of Medusa.

I absolutely don’t fucking know. Just had the urge to scribble Momo with blue Make-Up for fun. He became Horus after getting the Eye thingy. And because He Tian would make for a good Anubis… with lace and leather… Damn my head. Pls hit me with a baseball bat or smth. Hard. XD

…the “need for love” … and the “need for a woman” are really phrases disguising a profound inner emptiness, the neurotic emptiness which no quantity of love, no quantity of fucking, can fill. A woman can pour herself, for a lifetime, into such emptiness, believing herself the redemptive female whose mission it is to “save” the man, humanize him, forgive him when he cannot forgive himself.The “need for love” is not the same thing as a desire for relation; the desire for relation implies a degree of wholeness, which needs a fellow-being not for completion of the self but for extension and challenge of the self. The “need for woman” can be the man’s need for a receptacle for his own fear, vulnerability, tears, uncertainty for which he has made no psychic room; or, for an object-creation to be painted with the mask of Medea, Circe, Medusa, Helen, or Salomé; then used, raped, idolized, or punished accordingly.
—  Adrienne Rich, “Caryatid: Two Columns,” On Lies, Secrets and Silence

Eerie Critters of the Deep: Cryptic Animals 

For Halloween 2017, our Eerie Critters of the Deep series continues with “Cryptic Animals”, a compilation of animals that have developed adaptations (color, behavior, habitat selection) that make them cryptic (hidden) to avoid predators.

See if you can spot these creatures in their natural habitats:

Masking crab (Loxorhynchus crispatus), Medusa fish (Icichthys lockingtoni), Tongue fish (Symphurus), Sea spider (Pycnogonid), Deep Sea Crab (Neolithoides diomedae), Sea slug (Tritonia tetraquetra), Seastar (Dytaster), Amphipod (Phronima), and the Deep-sea skate (Bathyraja abyssicola).

Video producer: Linda Kuhnz Music:
Halloween by Filippo Vicarelli

via: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

Tiny example of a gif how-to I’m thinking about making a series of featuring how to draw medusas mask. I would need people to send me asks of things they need help drawing with.

Halloween Costumes for the Signs

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(Totally thought I did this in the past but can’t find it! So redo!)

Aries- cop, firefighter, spartan warrior, adventurer, sports themed, Roise the Riveter, a pinata, pilot, dragon, Chuck Norris, or a hunter.

Taurus- Greek goddess, a queen, werewolf, zombie, caveman or cave-woman, an animal like a cat, gorilla, fox, bunny, or peacock.

Gemini- this sign would love to be involved with group costumes but besides that… a witty Halloween costume like a cereal box character, a ABC costume, or the Bounty Guy. Fairy, butterfly, ladybug, bird, playboy bunny, a villain, stewardess, or librarian.

Cancer- historic figures like Abe Lincoln or Marilyn Monroe, superhero, fairytale character, witch, wizard, teacher, or a cartoon character.

Leo- rock star/pop star, superhero, dress up as a celebrity, lion, sports themed, lion tamer, ring leader, dress as a toy troll, king, queen, character from a musical, a politician, Barbie or Ken.

Virgo- flapper girl, a literary character, nurse, military, Waldo, librarian, professor, steam-punk themed outfit, maid, Victorian age outfit, school girl, or make some sort of art reference costume.

Libra- total couples costumes! Or princess, cowboy, Greek goddess, lumberjack, prince, an angel, a construction worker, a flower, devil, or 50’s themed outfit.

Scorpio- vampire, fortune teller, James Bond, pimp, a scary clown, prisoner, mobster, blue/black/red/whatever skin suit, magician, detective, a masquerade mask and outfit, or Medusa.

Sagittarius- belly dancer, referee, pirate, genie, a not scary clown, mime, jester, nerd, adventurer, or a bank robber. 

Capricorn- grim reaper, prisoner, doctor or mad scientist, tree nymph, ninja, a horror movie character, goth outfit, secretary, a mummy, or a skeleton.

Aquarius- astronaut, 70’s outfit, unicorn, a hippie, mad scientist, alien, robot, Star Wars themed costume, a piece of technology, biker, the one-eye-one-horn flying purple people eater, a banana, a “cereal killer,” or a condiment.

Pisces- mermaid, sailor, ghost, priest, monk, nun, video game character, ocean themed costumes, bartender, candy, and 80’s themed costumes.


Roman Tinned Copper Cavalry Parade Helmet, c. Late 2nd-Early 3rd century AD

Formed of hammered sheet, with arching crest terminating in a beaked griffin’s head, its talons holding a Medusa mask in front, the griffin’s body tapering to a dolphin-like tail, each side decorated in high relief with a capricorn with griffin-like head and coiled tail, the three creatures with rivets for ears (now missing), with continuous flanged rim to protect the wearer’s brow and ears, the rim decorated with friezes of punched circles and dots, two rivets at the front of the brow-guard with remains of a hinge inside for a face-mask attachment.

WILD PLL theory: Emily hit Bethany (hear me out!!)

Emily had a flashback that she later claimed was a mixup. In it, she hit Ali with a shovel.. What if she was involved with Bethany getting hit and she doesn’t remember this because she was drugged? Her ending up at a graveyard “that night” with a shovel by Ali’s grave could be a clue to this. Maybe the fact that the mask guy said emily would make a “perfect medusa” and Bethany had a medusa painting is also a clue.. The person who brought emily to the graveyard could have figured out that she hit Bethany young.

Emily got a text that said “I bet you remember me” right after she told Toby about drinking too much and remembering nothing. Jenna was with emily “that night” also. Toby and Bethany are both artistic, maybe a clue to them being related; I’ve theorized about them being twins before. Maybe Toby figured out that Emily hit Bethany but initially did not realize that Ali tricked her into doing it by drugging her. Emily remembered during this flashback hitting someone who looked like Ali, in that yellow top.. Maybe Emily remembered this as hitting Ali because at the time she did not know Bethany existed..

She realized she “mixed up the nightmares” after hearing the sound of sprinklers, but this could be another hint towards those nights being linked..

If Toby and Bethany are twins, it’s possible Jenna knows about Bethany.. She told Emily to tell Toby she never meant to hurt him. Maybe she blames herself for Bethany’s death because of her involvement with Garrett “killing” Ali.. That could be why Jenna turned in page 5; she may have realized it was Bethany in that grave and not Ali.

In the latest claims about Spencer killing Bethany, one of the motives was that she was so desperate that she would do anything for Ali.. But if I had to choose a liar who really felt that way about Ali at the time, I would choose Emily.

I also still think Cece may have spent some time in radley after Ali got her kicked out of school. Toby said he would offer his services to A and maybe that’s what happened. Cece stole the game from Mona because she never really forgave Ali and she wanted revenge, and Toby offered his services. Bethany COULD be the girl who Ali pushed down the stairs.. It’s a long shot, but if it was true then maybe Cece and Bethany were playing Ali.. And Cece still is. If Cece saw Emily hit Bethany for Ali and didn’t realize Emily had been drugged, this would support her theory that the plls/ “she Devils” were in on Ali’s plans to get her kicked out of school too. And this would give her a reason to still HATE the girls.

*also* is it REALLY a coincidence that the Emily/ “perfect medusa” mask was later seen on someone holding a sign that said “guilty?” Maybe that was cece holding the sign.. Another possible clue.

Also it was reminded to me (Amber) that the episode of “that night” was in many ways parallel to the pilot episode which could be another hint that Emily was at the grave.

And: remember when Emily was sent that postcard FROM ALIS GRAVE in French that translated to “stop digging, the police already know it’s you who is capable of murder.” Maybe the word capable is there because Bethany didn’t die directly from the hit, but from getting buried. Also whoever sent Emily that postcard had access to the items in Ali’s grave, perhaps because that’s the person who brought Emily there.

Spencer was the one who emphasized “YOU” when reading this out loud to Emily. There were so many assumptions about Spencer hurting someone with a shovel, and that could have been a clue to focus on Emily.

What do you guys think?


“minomo- face of the water”

I’m working on a big project involving monsters, and after drawing a bunch, I decided to stick with Japanese folklore alone. So these were some extras, and they went together nicely… Meaning I don’t know what the heck this is, it’s a weird combo, so just use your imagination!

Photocollage of John Hejduk’s Berlin Masques

“To the north is the silent audience, to the east the sub-masques for a single male inhabitant (selected by the city of Berlin), to the west a single female inhabitant (selected by the city of Berlin), and to the south, outside, is a steel frame element which support system for light (the sun works in the day) operates at night. Finally, at an entry-exit to the east, metal funnels (past), at the west entry-exit, a Medusa funnels. The male element, being in the past, looks towards the future, the female element, in the future, looks back to the past.” - John Hejduk

[Image from JOHN HEJDUK: MASK OF MEDUSA - WORKS 1947-1983]