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Death Is Beautiful by theartslave Death Is Beautiful by theartslave
More new work, hooray!

This piece is based on the ideas behind Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), the Mexican holiday in November. Its philosophy is that we are to celebrate death and those who died in a positive light during the holiday, instead of mourn for them. I took this concept and applied it to a soldier who dies in war. Do we celebrate him or her in the same way after a war is over? Do we glorify them or just forget they ever existed once they are no longer needed?

Using my thing for gas masks, I decided to decorate it like one would a sugar skull or a person's face during the Day of the Dead, as a tribute to those soldiers that die for our causes. It is up to the viewer to interpret whether or not we should be celebrating what they fought for.

EDIT: This can also be extended to returning soldiers who do not get the necessary respect and care once they return. I heard today in the news that the bill for veteran aid was turned down. So I'm not making this stuff up! They do need more reverence and respect.

Hope you enjoy! This was a fun one for me, I might do a few more :)

EDIT: Now featured in this journal! [link] Yay!
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falcorn0squirrel Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
cute design with the sun/flower Xd didn't know gas masks could be this cute and creepy at the same time.
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theartslave Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :) And yeah, it does look like a flower or a sun!
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Capital-Zero Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
I love gas masks! :heart: Great job!
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theartslave Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Me too! Thank you :aww:
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Capital-Zero Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Anytime! :)
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caroro Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love the concept. I immediately got the Dia de los muertos reference when I saw this, and it mixed with the WWI style gas mask works perfectly for your idea. Dia de los muertos is a HUGE holiday in the town I live in now (Southern Texas), bigger than even Halloween. Love this!
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theartslave Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I've always wanted to attend a Dia de los Muertos celebration, it's great that it's so big in your area! :)
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caroro Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Well, if you're ever in Corpus Christi, TX around that time try to make it next year!
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theartslave Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, thanks!
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crmsonbyrd Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Woah, this is fantastic! Love the concept/aesthetic.
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