Picture yourself lying on the beach, soaking up the last of the afternoon sunshine when suddenly an ocean-soaked individual rises slowly from the water walking toward you – with bite marks down to the muscle showing on his arm and all over his chillingly realistic chewed-looking wetsuit. That’s right, it’s a wetsuit designed to make it look like the wearer just suffered a serious shark attack, all for the fun of freaking out your friends.
Most wetsuits, designed to be sleek, functional and protective, are created to be stylish and simple – but there is nothing that says they have to be. This and other creative wetsuit designs by Diddo utilize custom inks and unique printing techniques to map original and lifelike textures onto suits that range from playful to historical and downright scary.
The first editions in the series include a rusted-looking pattern, reminding one of classic tales of deep-ocean diving, as well as a human musculature outfit as well as other naturalistic and high-tech patterns.
For now, these offbeat designs are available as limited editions and only by request but they will be in more complete production soon – including the creepy shark-chewed look.
Not everybody loves the idea, including surfers interviewed by Surf Europe magazine. One commented, “I would say by wearing this suit will only results in three things: you will probably freeze since the effort went into aesthetics, your risk of social alienation is guaranteed and your risk of getting punched in the nose by other people in the line-up will go up a thousand-fold.” Another simply said “dumbest idea for a product I have ever seen.”
“Diddo (7-7-’77) is an artist. His goal is to create conceptually and visually intriguing statements that spark conversation and debate. He finds inspiration in examining the space between what we think and what we allow others to think for us. His work is an attempt to define the border between perception and reality, and the process, which turns image into icon.”