Created by world-renowned illustrator David Lloyd but launched into the mainstream conscious via the V for Vendetta movie is the infamous ‘Anonymous’ mask. A modern day symbol of global protest and discontent around the world. Interestingly enough the mask itself its Lloyd’s artistic interpretation not of a mythical character, but a very real individual by the name of Guy Fawkes. A man who is a controversial as he is celebrated.
Rewind to 1605 and you’ll find one of England’s most infamous acts of terrorism, the instigator of which was one Guido Fawkes. Disenfranchised with the present state of affairs and wanting to restore a Catholic monarch to the throne, he plotted to assassinate the then King James I. Along with several other co-conspirators he placed 36 barrels brimming with deadly gunpowder in the catacombs of the House of Lords. When Parliament opening the following day, with The King in attendance, he was ready to light the spark…..
However, an anonymous letter to the authorities saw him caught in the act guarding the barrels. During his trial, he was asked by one of the lords what he was doing in possession of so much gunpowder…he boldly replied “to blow you Scotch beggars back to your native mountains.” Had he been successful in doing just that, his single act would have had profound ramifications on the history of Britain. But after being captured and brutally tortured – he was then promptly hung from the rafters, a warning to all other would-be rebels who harboured similar dark desires against the institutions of church and State.
So what better face to represent the global protest movement of free-thinkers, rebels, radicals, hacktivists and idealists – than a man who wanted to disrupt the system 408 years ago? Here’s look at how one of the most iconic masks in popular culture is manufactured and created in a production factory in Sao Goncalo not far from Rio de Janeiro Brazil.
Every revolution has a price.