Of Holidays and Hoods

Is it December already?

Man, time really did just pass by and I do not even feel like any of us even blinked. And yet, here we are facing the end of 2014. When autumn arrived, it seems that all three of us became really busy with our respective families and friends.  When November came, there was no shortage of birthday, Thanksgiving and anniversary celebrations for that month.  So, things got a bit hectic around here, with us having just a few opportunities to get together after work and brainstorm/toss some ideas around.

Such brainstorming has also been related to hooded masks, which we closed orders for back in August. When winter falls, and the temperature drops (well…by Southern California standards anyway), its harder to achieve the finished quality of each latex coat/pouring.  So, some of those moments of brainstorming and breaking out our supplies have been geared towards this popular option.   We have been re-tooling our hood making process, identifying some better materials to use when creating and sizing them.  This should eliminate some of the problems and other issues that made the process take that much more time for us to complete each hooded order.

Once the holiday season is over and our outdoor workshop is more suitable, we will be opening back up for the more complex orders. However, while you wait, hop on over to our Wild-and-Free listings to see some of our ready-to-ship products.  For those in the US, there is still just a little more time to grab one of these and get it to its destination in time for Christmas morning.

Our Masks Go on Many An Adventure (Kinkyponygirl)

Wild Gasmasks can be a portal to endless possibilities or a key component of a great journey. This is never more apparent than when we see updates from Kinky Pony Girl.

Anna Rose has been living out her pony dreams for a long time, and her husband Uwe has been capturing many of those moments for our enjoyment.  Even outside of ponyplay, the Alterpic website has shown a variety of encasement scenes and the use of gear that masks the wearer’s identity and/or deprives one of their senses.  Her constant desire to push her limits (and often for the enjoyment of her subscribers) brought her to our little place on the web.  In 2009, while shooting in California, Uwe took her for a romp on the beach in a full catsuit, our mask and hooves.  From appearances at fetish events around the world, to more hot sets, Kinky Pony girl continues to take a playful romp…with Uwe nearby to keep her on her toes. 🙂

For a while, Anna had a banner that rotated upon our old site*. However, I spoke to Mrs. Rose a few days ago about it and it turned out that she has just released another hot scene.  Here is a YouTube-friendly teaser, featuring pony boots, shiny latex uniforms and more:

http://youtu.be/gjzaNwsJtso

*Currently, I’m contemplating the best area in our site for bannerspace. Sidebar got full quickly.

Wildgasmasks…Version 4.0

Yes, its finally here…. the new Wildgasmasks website. Its been a long time coming (and long overdue) but finally we have something a little (*ahem*) better than before. For over a year, I have given much thought into what I wanted our website to be (vs what was thrown up years ago, when we were just starting). With a vast improvement in the information we can provide, Wildgasmasks Version 4.0 features:

  • Options List for every product
  • Link to product Manuals
  • Order Queue with Email Notification (for those who were already on our queue, you may be getting a few test emails in the next few days)
  • Listing of all our accessories, including lens colors some of our customers may not have seen before.
  • Fantastic new Header Graphic, courtesy of Iron Raptor Studios. Its the Year of the Horse, afterall.
  • Galleries showing everything from custom one-off work to rough WIP photos shot around our busy lab.
  • Responsive design – you dont have to be at a computer to peruse our wares and check out reference photos

In the next few weeks, there will be daily updates as we process the backlog of great photos of custom work, inspiring customer photos and more. Although I spent a lot of time ensuring accessibility, I do expect a few site kinks to pop up. So, feel free to drop us a line if you notice anything that seems amiss.

I do apologize if responses to order inquires have been a bit slow as of late but as you can see, it was all for a good cause.  Stego just got home from the land of the large cowboy hats (Texas) and shall be doing his best to catch up on his duties around the jackal lab. He is going to have quite a surprise once he sees that Wildgasmasks has now been brought current.

 

The Jackal Rises from its Pyre

On a random day in July, Wildgasmasks found itself faced with a heavy reality when it came to our signature design. While fulfilling the last JG1 in a 3-jackal order, the impermanence of our creations was obvious. The mold had been used far longer than its expected life. With a heavy heart, we left those 6 broken pieces to rest.

….but that hiatus was never meant to be permanent. Stego and meddle (our newest addition to the jackal lab) had enough interest (not to mention interest from our customer base) to set upon a new-but-familiar path. Over a year later, the original jackal gasmask has been rebuilt, and with a few subtle changes.

  • The JG-1 has been corrected from a slight misalignment at the eyes.  It might not be noticeable to anyone else but us, but our new design has corrected the asymmetry.
  • The Face Seal is now an integral part of the mask, built in to the shell itself. Our JG1 mold required us to create the seal separately and attach it later. No longer!
  • The addition of lens clamps. Following the designs used in our HG1 and HG2 (horse) masks, jackal mask lenses are now clamped into place rather than being held by the rubber alone.
  • Improvements made to the mold, especially in regard to how it goes together. Sure, many of our customers wont see this but it is was definitely worth Stego and meddle’s efforts, now allowing for a faster turnaround time

I cant tell you how happy we are that this day has finally come– the day that sweat, tears, and frustration turns into joy and opportunity. meddlesome pony and Stego have birthed a new era of jackal gasmasks, and the day has come when we can open up for orders.

Currently, from viewing our queue page, we look a bit full while we take care of our normal workload.  In addition, we have been taking on a few orders from those “left behind” when our mold broke all that time ago. So, we want to start compiling a waiting list, creating the first big wave of JG 1.5s that will be released into the world.

While hooded mask orders are being accepted, they will be placed on a separate waiting list, due to the longer turnaround time and needing to space them out a bit. Placement on either of the two lists will be in chronological order and we will send out another email when we are ready to put you on the queue.  If that wait doesn’t bother you, please contact us, and we will get you started.

Queue and Inventory Update

Our Marbled Madness gasmask just recently sold,

It seems like the stampede of ponies will just never end. When I look at the available inventory in the lab, as well as the most recent sales here, it has been all equines all the time. Shop pony couldn’t be happier. In fact, shop pony is even more happy to hear that his creation “Marbled Madness” has sold. It was from a return customer at that and one of the quickest situations where a customer bought something from us and returned to us for a second time. Congratulations to …well… you know who you are.

Either way, we still have some inventory to sell off and many queue slots that are open, in addition to the Midnight Blue sparkle pony below.  Check out our page to get yourself in the queue today!

Midnight Blu Sparkle Mask - Design by Stego S. Aurus

Midnight Blue Sparkle Pony – $500USD

Midnight Blu Sparkle Mask - Design by Stego S. Aurus

Midnight Blue Sparkle Pony – $500USD

Wildgasmasks in Bay Area Music Video

MC Crumbsnatcher tells us a wicked little tale, through surreal dream sequences. Second in the music video series, “Why the Boys All Love Me” shows Crumbsnatcher, escaping dreams turned nightmares. His penguin paramour has been kidnapped. The funloving rap video from part 1 is nowhere to be found, Crumbsnatcher’s nice animal backup dancers have now become goblins and gouls, creating extra terror to the rapper’s danceclub scene.

Oh, Smash….what have you done now?.  😉