One of the biggest trends for fans of any genre right now seems to be cosplaying at various events. Whether it is going to a film premier, attending one of the many horror conventions, or even the horror fans version of Christmas- Halloween; it is no doubt that one of the biggest costumes to fill is that of Jason Voorhees from the Friday The 13th franchise! A lot of people unfortunately just throw a torn up set of clothing on and a cheap Wal-Mart hockey mask and call it good though. I figure it is time to showcase some spectacular work from horror fans who have made it more than just a hobby to re-create screen accurate hockey masks that are more than just a Halloween costume, these are even display pieces for when that convention, or Halloween party is done!
Ryan Brasier (Cursed Camp Studios)
Ryan Brasier is the artist behind the company Cursed Camp Studios, specializing in Friday The 13th replica masks since 2012. Ryan has been a Friday fan for the last 25 years but his interest was renewed in the franchise when he came across a Freddy VS Jason mask produced by NECA in a Toys-R’-Us in 2010. After doing some research he started to discover the online horror community, which led him to start buying mask blanks and painting them in early 2011. Ryan sold his first mask in December of that year and was shortly after invited to join some Friday forums on Facebook and that is where things really began to take off for him. After receiving advice from fellow hockey mask artists Darren Laken and Crash Cunningham, Ryan began sculpting and molding his own blanks for his own paint ups! In 2015 he opened up his online store and currently works full-time from home producing spectacular hockey masks!
You can find Ryan here:
Here is some of his work:
Tim Shultz (Cryptkeeper9 Productions)
Tim Shultz is the owner and operator of Cryptkeeper9 Productions out of Carlisle PA. He has been a horror fanatic since he was eight years old and his grandmother took him to see Friday The 13th Part 2. He started out buying the cheap masks from Kmart back in the day and just re-working them. Tim went to commercial art in Vo-Tech for three years, but was told by his instructors that he would never be able to do what he truly wanted to do which was horror related stuff in that field. So after graduating he didn’t do anything for years within the arts, but around 2007 he got a crash course from his uncle on how to work with fiberglass so he started making masks out of fiberglass for about four years but had allergic reactions to the epoxy. So, he started buying blanks from JDF Studios and painting them up to be screen accurate. Over the years he has vended several horror conventions and has been able to meet every actor to don the iconic hockey mask with the exception of Tom Morga from Friday The 13th Part 5: A New Beginning. This is Tim’s favorite hobby and has no intention of stopping! One of his Jason Lives masks has been featured in Inked Magazine and several have been used in fan films.
You can find Tim here:
Here is some of his work: