From memes and movies, to Tiger King & Guy Fieri, there are lots of ways to (responsibly) express yourself in public right now.
Like it or not, wearing a face mask in public will likely be the norm for quite some time. At this point, it’s not only recommended by most experts to help contain the spread of coronavirus, but it’s mandated in many states and regions. And, sure, they may be a bit cumbersome, but if we you have to wear one, why not make the most of it?
Luckily, the cheeky fabric face mask market is booming, as legions of brands and artists have been unleashing designs to help you broadcast a little levity and light through all of this. So, if you’ve been meaning to pick up some slightly “cooler” mask options to help make your socially responsible precautions a little more entertaining and expressive, we’ve pulled together dozens of picks that celebrate memes, movies, celebs, and more that will surely earn a smile or two (even if you can’t see them) from passersby.
Price: $60 Though you may have exhausted your exasperated Tiger King theories about Carole Baskin’s husband, why not silently signal your ongoing obsession with the series by wearing a Joe Exotic glamour shot on your face? This three-pack is currently available for pre-order, but you can also purchase them individually for a $20 a pop. Also, 20% of proceeds from these masks go directly to the efforts of the non-profit GetUsPPE.org.
Price: $17 for Mario, $17 for Luigi It’s a-mee, a-socially responsible Nintendo fan! These two reusable face masks let you cosplay as either Mario or Luigi (from the eyes down, at least). Plus, a portion of proceeds made from these will be donated to MedShare.
Price: $20 per 4-pack May the Fourth may be behind us, but now’s your chance to subtly embrace your Star Wars fandom every time you’re in public. Disney has put out a special four-pack of masks celebrating the iconic franchise, featuring beloved characters like Baby Yoda and R2D2, plus two others including a movie poster-esque shot of Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Chewbacca, and another patterned with Star Wars symbols.
Price: $20 Although this face mask isn’t being sold be Keanu himself, we have to believe the famously game and friendly actor would approve of wearing it. Each one comes bedecked with his amiable visage in a pattern that’s actually — dare we say it — stylish?
Price: $12 Have you always wished you could pull off Guy Fieri’s slightly frosted goatee yourself? Great news! This mask makes it easy, as it features the beloved Mayor of Flavortown’s unmistakable chin coif.
Price: $12 This little number (which is sold through Hot Topic, of all places) is a great way to honor both public health best practices and one of the best series to lean on during those times you want to fall down a nostalgic wormhole (aka right now).
Price: $12 Drake fans will get a kick out of this minimalist mask which is modeled after the scrawled handwriting stylization on the cover of his 2015 mixtape, “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late,” with a timely message to keep your social distance.
Price: $17 As we continue to lean on the learnings and expertise of so many scientists to guide us through this unprecedented moment, it seems only fitting to wear a mask that pays homage to one, even if they’re not actually real. In this case, it’s the fictional (and somewhat problematic) protagonist of the series Rick & Morty.
Price: $20 per 4-pack If you’re a bit down about the fact that upcoming Marvel blockbusters have been delayed, you can at least celebrate your fandom by wearing it on your face with this collection of four different Marvel masks. The pack includes one with the Hulk another that’s Black Panther-themed, one with a grid of characters and symbols, and another decked out in a repeating Marvel logo pattern.
Price: $57 If you’re interested in rocking the most extra face mask you can find — and open to spending upwards of $60 on it — please direct your attention to this truly insane version inspired by the meme of Spongebob‘s Patrick Star in full lip gloss and acrylics. If you’re curious why it costs so much, it likely has to do with the fact that it’s embellished with 1,000 crystals and “decorative charm details.”
Price: $20 Does the feeling of wearing a face mask emblazoned with a photo of a young-ish Jeff Goldblum shushing the camera make you feel extra safe? If so, you’re going to want to get your hands on this one.
Price: $17 The fabric face covering features Madonna during various iterations of her career (notably on the earlier side), but if you’d rather rock one that features a different pop culture icon, designer Ego Rodrigues has a bounty of other options on Threadless.
Price: $20 From the Beatles to KISS, AC/DC to The Who, this series of fabric masks from Etsy seller LuLindsay is stocked with a variety of colorful washable options decked out in references to legendary rock groups.