This is a life-sized mask of a Cubone’s skull, handmade by Mark Andrew Schneider of Faust & Company. It’s beautifully designed and expertly crafted, but if you know anything about the Pokemon franchise, it’s undeniably creepy.
Cubone is one of 151 creatures featured in the first generation of Pokemon – meaning it’s been scaring kids nerdy enough to brush up on the Pokedex since the mid-ninties! In the original games for the Nintendo GameBoy, it’s Pokedex description is more than a little disturbing…
In Pokemon Yellow, this description informs young trainers that Cubone “Always wears the skull of its deceased mother on its head and never shows its face. It cries mournfully in the moonlight.” Yikes! From the company that famously censored blood in the early days of Mortal Kombat, we’re surprised Nintendo let this one pass.
Cubone’s entries in the Pokedex through the later games further the horrifying backstory. “Cubone pines for the mother it will never see again. Seeing a likeness of its mother in the full moon, it cries. The stains on the skull the Pokémon wears are made by the tears it sheds.” explains Pokemon Ruby and Saphire. Mark’s mask certainly looks suitably tear-stained.
It doesn’t get much better when Cubone evolves, when it evolves into a Marowak, that skull fuses itself onto the Pokémon’s face. Sleep well young trainers! As if that wasn’t enough, Marowak might also be a grave robber! It’s description in Pokemon Soul Silver tells us; “It collects bones from an unknown place. Some whisper that a Marowak graveyard exists somewhere in the world.”
So Cubone and it’s evolved form might not be the kind of creature you want to run into in a dark alley while playing Pokemon Go. But Faust & Company do make some pretty incredible masks, you should check them out.