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We've been custom costume, mask and prop makers for over 25 years. This blog is a peek behind the Tentacle curtain, written mostly by Bev.

30th June 2021
Freddie Mercury custom big head with custom-made crown and sunglasses!

This commission was a lot of fun to create, and it was gratifying that absolutely every single person who walked into our workshop has smiled, pointed and said "Ooh, it's Freddie!" or "Ooh it's that Queen bloke!"
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11th May 2021
I've just got confirmation: we're back for the 3rd Season with The Masked Singer, designing and creating many of the costumes. Hurrah! For the latest updates, follow TentacleStudio on Instagram.

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11th March 2021
It feels so good to be back at work! We just finished this pair of cute flamingo headdresses for the Opera de Lausanne in Switzerland. Designer: Karolina Luisoni.

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22th February 2021
A short rant...

This week it's been announced that long time helmet-wearing DJ's Daft Punk are quitting after 28 years, and I've been pondering the rising interest in custom DJ heads. We've made lots of sucessful DJ helmets/ mask/ heads over the years, for passionate, hard-working DJ's.

But last year, we got -literally- over a thousand, near-identical emails that just say "i want a cool DJ head how much". Sometimes they say 'awesome' instead of 'cool'. There's no other info. When we ask for a design, we often get a photo of DJ Marshmello or Deadmau5, sometimes with the instruction 'like this but different'. Aaargh! There's a whole bunch of DJ wannabee's out there who believe that asking for a DJ helmet makes you a DJ, and entitles you to a free design service. Like there's no need to stretch your imagination, create something unique, or put any work into making your vision happen, because you don't have a vision, beyond being rich and famous. Nope! Most of the time they can't even be bothered to sign their name on the email. And yeah, I am aware that I'm ranting like a crazy old git! But really, if you expect someone to take you seriously, at least sign your damned email...

DJ's Daft Punk, Marshmello and Deadmau5. All very nice custom DJ helmet masks. No, we didn't make them and hell no, we are NOT going to copy them!

So please, please, please, when you approach someone about getting something custom-made, whether or not it's a DJ head, remember we aren't mind readers. And we don't create cheap knock offs! If you take the time to be unique, design and describe what you want, we'll take the time to give you help, and a little more respect too ;)

20th February 2021
Despite the continuing lockdown, we are luckily still able to plan for the months ahead. Top of our 'To Do' list is of course to complete orders for existing clients: there are currently costumes and masks for opera, video shoots, DJ gigs, and a flower parade all in the works! Etsy customers are waking up too. In the last couple of months we've seen a steady rise in enquries as the world wakes up again.

1st January 2021
Here's to the start of the New Year 2021! Despite all the troubles and complications, we made it through this far. I'm not sure what the future will bring, but just getting to the end of 2020 with our sanity intact feels like an acheivement!

Edsilia Rombley: The Masked Singer Champange bottle costume: created by Tentacle Studio, New Year TV Special, Nederland.
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So we were doubly delighted to watch our costumes and masks on the New Year's Eve Special of The Masked Singer. It was a massive task to get the everything finished, as many fabric deliveries were serverely delayed due to COVID. Even in ordinary circumstances, most TV shows are a logistics nightmare, juggling technical staff, celebrities, backing dancers, cameras, sound, lighting, hair and make up. And backstage catering is important too! TV filming regularly entails 12 hour work days, so food has to be grabbed in the short time between takes.

Richard Groenendijk: The Masked Singer Oliebol costume: created by Tentacle Studio, New Year TV Special, Nederland. In case you are wondering, an oliebol is a deep fried dough ball with raisins: a traditional New Year snack in Nederland!
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The producers need to be sure they've got all the necessary footage before they start editing- because with all singing, all dancing show like The Masked Singer, calling everyone back in for re-takes blows up the budget very fast! Luckily, some minor parts of the show could be filmed in advance, but it ws a lovely suprise to see Dutch celebrity Edsilia Rombley win the competition in the Champagne costume we made for her. She was a joy to work with and seeing her delighted face on winning made us really happy. It's a great feeling to entertain literally millions of people, and bring some cheer to these dark days of COVID uncertainty.

John vd Heuvel: The Masked Singer Clock costume: created by Tentacle Studio, New Year TV Special, Nederland. The Snowman next to him is beloved Dutch singer Frans Bauer.

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All photos courtesy of RTL4 and Blue Circle Production Company.

2nd December 2020
Gold Russian kokosniki headdress. We created this glittering golden crown for the beautiful dancer in a new music video. I'll post a clip as soon as the video is released! Find more photos of the headdress in progress on our Instagram account.
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14th November 2020
Below are spectacular costumes and masks we designed and created for Season 2 of The Masked Singer (NL) 2020. So much work, thousands of Swarovski crystals! We really enjoyed working on it. The viewing figures were even higher than for the finale of the first season, and figures climbed with every episode!

Llama costume and mask
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Chess King costume and mask
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Fox costume and mask
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Yeti costume and mask
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Panther/ Leopard costume and mask
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Monkey costume and mask
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Astronaut costume and helmet!

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Other blog posts:

2019-2020 Latest custom work & more Masked Singer

2018-2019 DJ 2 Hearts

2017-2018 Work for Dior

2015-2016 Dinosaur Wedding

2014-2015 Piggyback costume and the Ghost Tree

2011-2014 Harrods and Horses