Lately I’ve been fixated on samurai helmets.
Please don’t ask me how these things get started, because the inside of my brain is like a carousel starring Cthulus, unicorns, drag queens, fire-breathers, overweight beagles, and reverse mermaids. This carousel never stops because it is jittery from way too much caffeine.
And here we are. At samurai helmets, created with ink, marker, Washi tape, and acrylic paint.
Samurai helmets make me think of Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — of course. Wikipedia has some great facts about him that I’m dying to share.
Shredder (the arch nemesis of our dear friends Splinter and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, of course) is really a man named Oroku Saki.
Originally called “The Grater” or “The Grate Man” in early versions of the comic, his costume is inspired by cheese graters.
In the comics:
Shredder’s first death was at the hands of Donatello, who knocked him off a building with his bo staff. (Can you believe Donatello has ever done anything useful?!)
Shredder was brought back to life by clone-worms.
Shredder’s (clone’s) second death was at the hands of Leonardo, who decapitated him.
Then Shredder was, again, brought back to life by a mystic and the clone-worms. But this time he came back as a shark.
And was defeated again, because the shark thing is really, really stupid.
Shredder’s IQ is 300.
In the TV show (but not the movies), it’s alleged that he created the mutagen that altered Splinter and the Turtles. Because his IQ is 300, and that’s what evil geniuses do — they throw mutagen into sewers for… vengeance. Or maybe he just really likes being a litterbug.