I just want to thank all the people, places, and cultures
that have made this show possible. All the members of the
VP Crew have helped enormously to make this happen. In this
show particularly, I would like to thank Rachel, Bud, Sarto,
Hanna, Lis, JewC, Judah, Elena & Tommy, La Leone, Elliot,
Mike & Bob, Dr. Fakeobsons, Jules, Pooh, Marc, and the
tourism commisions of Indonesia, Canada, Mexico, and India.
Thanks to Courtney and Doug for giving me my first masks
in Oaxaca that started the whole thing.
Also, many thanks to Miguel and Victor of the Papalote "Gallery"
& Mexican Grille for allowing their beautiful walls to
be violated by these photographs.
A special thanks to Rachel for helping me arrange and hang
the photos -- and thanks for adjusting those lights so perfectly!
Thanks to El Carmen in Los Angeles for inspiring me to call
this site VelvetPainting.com.
And finally, thank you to the mask designers for the Mexican
wrestling associations. These masks are the coolest.
Until the next show!
- Joshua Jacobson 2/2002