I just spotted this piece by UK artist Antony Micallef on the carmichael gallery site (amoung many other goodies). I've spent a good part of today in a world where military meets graffiti and this really topped it off. I always find the image of a soldier with gas mask a lot more intimidating than without. Perhaps it conjures fear in a similar way that ceremonial/war masks worn in tribal communities throughout the ages do (and still today no doubt). I've always thought there is a visual connection between gas masks and human skulls too, I think Darth Vader fits in there somewhere also. There's an idea for a new project in all of this.