A peek behind the Tentacle curtain, written mostly by Bev...
6th October 2019
"The Masked Singer" TV show and the costumes we made for it have become a real a hit in Nederland- with 1.5 million viewers on it's first episode! The viewers have really warmed to the costume characters, and are constantly asking us about the design process. So here are the original costume sketches we created, with the finished outfits we made. With this sort of show there are inevitably changes and tweaks along the way, but as you can see, the finished costumes came out remarkably close to our original ideas.
13th September 2019
In case you don't know, "The Masked Singer" is a reality singing TV series featuring famous people in costumes and masks which conceal their identities. The first version of the show appeared in Korea, then it spread to the US, and now there's a Dutch version! We had lots of fun working on the show, created more than half of the costumes, and we met a bunch of celebrities! The show premieres on 27th Sept 2019 on RTL4, and here's the first sneak peek at the celebrity contestants.
1st September 2019
The 'Westerpark Bear' costume we made for artist Leander Haaitsma is still going strong after many years, despite all the hugs from enthusiastic kids!
Now we are making a little friend for him. We couldn't decide which eye colour we liked best, so we put it to the vote on Instagram with the 'in progress' photo below. Which colour would you choose?
Photo © D.Bouman
The left eye colour was the winner on Instagram! If you'd like a vote in future eyeball elections...
17th August 2019
Zebra headdresses made by us in the final season finale of the hit TV programme Unbreakable Kimmy Smidt!
These zebra masks are now for sale in our web shop
10th July 2019
For the last couple of months, we've had no time for blogging. We've been working flat out on a new TV extravaganza, with famous people, lavish costumes and giant masks! Now it's mostly finished appart from some last minute tweaking - bling and bows, silver boots, Swarovski crystals, and then some more Swarovski crystals! For now, the project is still super-secret, but when the show airs in September we'll have lots of wonderful photos to share!
We can share these shots of the bunny we made for the Malmaison Hotel adverts. See rabbit heads in our web shop
17th April 2019
London's Cafe de Paris has been epitomy of decadent chic for nearly 100 years: It's where Louise Brooks caused a sensation by introducing the Charleston to London in December 1924. Josephine Baker, Lauren Bacall and Marlene Dietrich have all performed there. And now the supremely talented Anna Burne (aka Disco Pony!) bedazzles the crowd every week with her dancing. We were delighted to create her glamourously equine costume! See horse heads and tails in our web shop
26th March 2019
Busy week this week. Got two famous new clients in one day: Cirque du Soleil and California's Coachella Festival- it's great that they want to work with us.
And we've just finished a rush job for an ad shoot: a castle costume! Time was very short, so yesterday we had to paint 21 metres of brickwork. I've got seriously aching arms today, it even hurts to type!
I love the intensity Christian Walmroth created in these photos of our hare!
See hare and rabbit heads in our web shop
6th March 2019
This Ted-About-Town is Instagram fashion blogger @theteddyedit in one of our bear heads!
See teddy heads in our web shop
21th January 2019
We had great fun designing and making a whole Jungle Book full of animals for the Axelrod Contemporary Dance Theater. Photos of the headdresses in rehersals by Gabriel Chajnik and Axelrod Arts.
14th November 2018
We love a challenge, and we love geometry, and this commission combined both! The brief was to create 2 matching heart masks that were cut like diamonds, and also functioned properly for working DJs in a club: so good vision and ventilation, room for earphones, and not too much weight were all essential. You might think that one press of a button on the right computer programme would do the trick- but long experience with these things has taught us that it's often better to go 'old school'so we did! There are more than 90 separate pieces in each head...
6th October 2018
Autumn is coming. Today Mike took his camera for a stroll around the woodlands of the beautiful Hooge Veluwe. The leaves on the trees are still mainly green, and shafts of soft light glow through the foliage. The forest is full of life, and mushrooms are nosing their way up under the trees - the two pictured below are both poisonous. After the walk came some delicious pumpkin soup at a local cafe/garden centre, where the table was already set for Halloween.
28th August 2018
Steampunk robot costume: with light-up Steampunk innards! This was a last-minute commission for a marvellous performance in Maine, and we really enjoyed making it.
12th August 2018
It's nice when old friends come to visit! A long time ago, we made these bacteria costumes as brand ambassadors for an international water treatment firm. For several years they've enjoyed jetting around to conferences and trade fairs in their own luxury packing crates.
But eventually those endless smiles and handshakes had taken their toll. They were slumped and battered, approaching burnout. Luckily, they could visit the Tentacle Studio Mascot Spa and Treatment Centre! Eyelashes were re-curled, bodywork was buffed, and as you can see from the photo, they left us perky and happy, with genuine smiles all around.
25th July 2018
We created this glorious green (plastic) topiary bush costume suit from literally hundreds of tiny plastic plant sprigs!
12th July 2018
Woo woo, all aboard the crazy train! We made this funny costume in February when the Dutch National Railway's launched their student ad campaign with a competition: 5 student friends get to spend a whole day with a film crew, partying in the train costume. It was all expenses paid, so the winners made the most of it - amazing how much free beer 5 strapping lads can swig down! Big smiles all around, and lots of crazy dancing. A good time was had by all, and miraculously the costume survived till they fell down exhausted at 6am!
10th June 2018:
'Techie' the robot we made for Albert Heijn Supermarkets launches a new computer programming scheme for kids. And his eyes light up with joy!
Here's the robot in progress; as you can see, we used many different techniques to build this costume.
29th May 2018:
Bear-foot in the buttercups!
Buy this bear costume in our web shop
23th May 2018:
The wolf mask we made is creeping through the shadows in Phoenix O'Neill's new video.
14th April 2018:
The Giant Rihanna head we created is now living large in New York!