"None of you seem to understand. I'm not locked in here with you. You're locked in here with me! " -Rorschach, from Watchmen
One of the best graphic novels I've ever read is Watchmen, created by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons and John Higgins. (Decent movie, too.) One of the things that struck me most about it is how fatalistic and, in many ways, hopeless it all seems. To set the mood this week, I give you Ben Harper's melancholic song,
With an ever-shifting pattern of ink blots on his mask, modeled after the famous ink blot test, Rorschach was for me emblematic of the shifting moods, advantages and disadvantages we feel run through our lives.
Plus, he's a gigantic badass.
But what I didn't expect to see is that someone would have re-created masks of Rorschach, complete with changing black-and-white ink blot patterns! And yet, such a thing not only exists, it's for sale.
Check out RorschachMasks.com, where a very talented (and anonymous) graphic artist not only creates and produces these masks, but they change their ink-blot patterns dependent on whether you're breathing in or out! There even exists a set of tips (lightly edited by me) for how to maximize the effect:
The effect is most apparent in temperatures around 70 degrees [Fahrenheit] or lower, as you need warm/cool air to activate the shift. I've seen some people carry around a damp sponge or napkin in their pocket and subtly wipe their mask to keep it moist - it reacts to subtle breaths better in that state. Also, if you buy/own two or more masks, when you slip off to the bathroom that's prime opportunity to switch faces and keep the effect "new" for the people around you.
(Yes, I'm sure that the author meant Fahrenheit... think about it!)
Pretty neat, what a little bit of physics can add to your costumes. Enjoy pondering this find, and have a great weekend!
This is chemistry, not physics. You physicists want to take credit for everything!
The Bobs, haven't you read XKCD? Chemistry is just applied physics. ;P
I really wish I'd known about this like 3 months ago. I was seriously contemplating a Rorschach halloween costume but didn't think I could do the face justice. Even cooler would be applying some sort of heating element that could modulate the ink in other locations (without burning off your face).
Too bad we aren't able to change the temperature of our eyes and cheeks by mere force of will.
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Regarding "Chromonite" posted above: Don't support copycat thieves! Losers who copied an original idea are pathetic...