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Local artist creates trendy masks to encourage following of CDC guidelines

Posted at 5:39 AM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 08:32:45-04

An ABC News poll found 55% of Americans wore a mask when going out in public, and now a renowned local artist is putting his spin on how we keep ourselves and others healthy.

Cam Parker hopes his take on the masks will take away some of the stigma of wearing one.

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"It's a little jarring even when you see someone walking around with a medical-grade mask on," Cam Parker said. "When you can't see the lower half of someone's face, it's a little off-putting."

Parker is best known for his Lady Gaga and Lizzo murals around Tampa. Now, he's putting his prints on cloth masks you can wear when you have to go out. Bizarro Designs and Parker partnered to make them.

There are several designs from Parker and other artists. Parker's artwork ranges from Beyonce to a crying Kim Kardashian.

"I think it's fun and funny to have another face on the bottom of your face, it's kind of like this sassy joke," he said.

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With some people expressing hesitancy about wearing a mask, Parker hopes these pieces of wearable art get people to follow the new CDC guidelines.

"When you have to give that disclaimer to assure your safety, I think these take that out of the equation," Parker said. " I would want to go into the store with as weird or as fun or as bright of a mask as I could. So, why wouldn't anyone else?"

Profits from the mass will go to local organizations fighting the virus or its effects, like food banks or health care workers.

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