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"Pixelhead" Masks Your Face From Google's Roving Cameras

Surveillance chic for the fashion-conscious paranoiac, courtesy of artist Martin Backes.

Do you lie awake at night, dreading that your kisser will show up on some stranger's screen in the background of a Google Street View image? Then you need therapy. But if you can't afford that, Martin Backes has designed some conceptual fashion headwear to assuage your paranoia. "Pixelhead" is a full-coverage mask decorated in pixelated colors, so that if you do get caught by Google Street View's cameras, your privacy is assured. Your outrageous headwear will likely become viral meme-fodder all the same, but that's beside the point.

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Clearly, Mr. Backes has his tongue at least partly in-cheek with his design: as he explains on his site, that pixelated pattern is actually a "fashionable" de-rezzed image of German Secretary of the Interior Thomas de Maizière. But Pixelhead is no tossed-off piece of conceptual art -- created with advisement from fashion designer Liza Sander, this "media camouflage" is made from the finest stretch satin. As you can see from this photo, it doesn't look like a terrorist mask at all. Nope, not one bit.

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Photo by DE:BUG

If you feel like your commitment to upholding personal privacy in the digital age is worth getting tackled by cops wherever you go, then you can actually order a limited-edition Pixelhead from Backes by contacting him directly. You might even consider applying some anti-face-recognition makeup underneath, just for extra protection. It'll sure make for an interesting mugshot.

[Read more at Martin Backes' site]

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