What is a face mask? The definition according to Wikipedia is “A mask is an article normally worn on the face, typically for protection, concealment, performance, or amusement.” An example of this might be the football helmet which has a face mask attached to it to protect the player’s face.
Along the same line, a hockey goalie wears a face mask to protect his face from the puck. Before November 1959, hockey goalies did not wear the face mask and suffered many severe lacerations, broken noses, and teeth knocked out from the puck striking them. It frequently took many stitches to close those wounds. Imagine a puck traveling at 90 or 100 mph and what that would feel like hitting your face. No, on second thought, I don’t want to think about that on my face.
Some people use masks for the wrong type of concealment, robbery. Burglars and thieves use masks to hide their identity when they are in the act of committing their crimes. It will usually help them for a while, but most of the time law enforcement apprehends them in the end.
Amusement is another common use of the mask. Mardi Gras parades will always have people dressed up in creative costumes and wearing a mask. Think about one of the scariest times of the year for a face mask, Halloween. You see both youth and adults wearing a mask of some ghoulish creature or that famous person whom they are pretending to be. This is all in fun and a great time each year.
Many actors have used a mask during their performances in the theater or on the movie screen. How about the guys that will never die, Michael Myers in the Halloween series and Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th series? They wear a mask that everyone recognizes when they see them.
Ritual masks have been used throughout the world for many pageants and festivals. The function of the mask may be religious or magical. Many African masks depict animals. They believe the masks can help them communicate with the spirits who live in woodlands or deserts.
Now, let us look at a face mask to wear while riding on a motorcycle, ATV, or snowmobile trip during those cold winter months. This face mask will offer the rider protection from cold, wind, and rain. Each mask is made of a stretchy neoprene material which is both warm and water resistant. The face masks features full coverage of the face and ears.
Patterns are reversible to solid black material. Velcro closure ensures great fit even with goggles, with a helmet, or without. There are full face and half face masks. One size fits most.
Some of the patterns are Black and White Skull, Glow in the Dark Jason, Rebel Flag, and a USA Flag Stars & Stripes face mask. There are some face masks just for the ladies. Those patterns include Roses, Mardi Gras, Pink Skull, and a Pink Camo.