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World-renowned multimedia and NFT artist Michael Joseph Winkelmann, aka Beeple, once bumped into a Halloween soiree. The insane masks he saw at the party sparked his inner angelo to create these creepy AF masks of some of the more globally renowned people. In a Twitter thread, Beeple explained what went behind the viral masks he built of billionaires like Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jeff Bezos, as well as quirky loony personalities like Pablo Picasso and, of course, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. The crypto artist remarks that he wanted to build masks that would be like ‘living sculptures.’

hey all wanted to give some background on these crazy ass masks you may have seen recently…

A few years ago I saw some INSANE masks being used for cosplay / Halloween. I thought these would be amazing as living sculptures that gave these personalities new context… 🧵 pic.twitter.com/JspyROkvKm

— beeple (@beeple) April 15, 2023

Next, he visited Denver to check out the artist, Landon Meier, who built hyper realistic masks. Meier and Beeple collaborated to produce some crazy masks together. Beeple did the 3D modeling for the cast, while Landon did his magic, creating the finest details down to the tiniest pore and speck in the skin along with impeccable expression. The models were then 3D printed and painted with specific skin tones. According to Business Insider, Beeple charged $20,000 (or INR 16,36,541.00) for the first mask of each figure they created. Later, he sold the copies, priced at $7000 to $15000 per piece.

1/ fast forward to actually being able afford one of these and we went out to Denver to visit Landon (@LHyperflesh)
and see his practice. We were blown away seeing these masks up close. The detail down to the pores, slight skin imperfections, and individual hair is INSANE. pic.twitter.com/Ab9OzPcxSm

— beeple (@beeple) April 15, 2023

2/ the process for making these is quite digital actually with a 3D Model being sculpted and then a mold being 3D Printed… from these the silicone is painted in to match each specific skin tone. These WIP Shots also creepy affff… pic.twitter.com/ZB4b1qhjUL

— beeple (@beeple) April 15, 2023

3/ excited to see where thing go from here with this crazy cast of characters at my disposal… stay tuned. 😉 pic.twitter.com/XVBzVwoBDU

— beeple (@beeple) April 15, 2023

The hyper realistic masks fascinated the attendees at the recently held NFT NYC 2023 conference in New York. Here’s how the netizens reacted to the creepy masks.

I want one of my own face asap

— GEE MF’N LAMBO⚠️ (ℛ𝒾𝒸𝒽 𝒮𝓅𝒾𝓇𝒾𝓉) (@GEELAMBORGHINI) April 15, 2023

This makes me wonderfully uncomfortable and entertained all at once. So mission accomplished haha.

— Steve 🤙 (@NFTbark) April 15, 2023

Please stop. These images will haunt my dreams

— Ælectric Cyberfarmer (@rhensing) April 15, 2023

make one of keanu reeves

— Neill Blomkamp (@NeillBlomkamp) April 15, 2023

These masks are so dope. I’m glad they exist

— SuprSketch (@SuprSketch) April 16, 2023

Dopeity dope!

— human001.eth (@Human00116) April 15, 2023

I once saw one of these at comic con or Brian Cranston dressed as Walter white. Turned out it WAS Brian Cranston pic.twitter.com/BdyHvImj8F

— Mookbat (@Mook_Bat) April 15, 2023

I want to see these masks in a bank heist movie!

— Merino Cortés (@rmerinocortes) April 16, 2023

See Also: An Interview With Cassils, The Performance Artist Who Sold Cans Of Their Poop As NFTs

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