A common courtesy when feeling under the weather in most Far East Asian countries, the ubiquitous protective face masks made famous during the SARS scare in 2002 have since served as a canvas for many a commentary. Departing from the sterile, white gauze variety, Samira Boon recreated the typical protective mask with clever, playful and at times beautiful ink-jet prints that transform the face.
One of our favorites has to be the image of the mouth of a Maiko—a young geisha apprentice. Currently available as a part of MoMA's Destination Japan, purchase the Maiko Get Well Soon Mask for $12. Also be sure to check out Boon's 14 other varieties including pig snouts and monkey faces.