Are you wondering where the name ‘Ski Mask’ comes from?
It’s a reference to a famous ski movie where the protagonist (played by Andy Adams) wears a ski mask through the entire film. The irony is that Andy Adams is British, and the mask he wears in the movie is actually German.
The film itself is called ‘Ski Mask’ and was released in 1980. It’s part of the ‘Great British Tourist Board’ (GTO) campaign to promote Britain as a travel destination and is one of the most popular British ski movies of all time. The film currently has over 75 million views on YouTube.
In the film, Adams’ character is seeking to uncover the identity of a murderer who’s been targeting successful business people. As well as disguises, the killer uses anabolic steroids, which cause him to grow large facial hairs. Before long, Adams’ character has grown his own set of facial hair, and it’s the perfect impression of a ski mask.
The rest is history. Since the movie’s release, the ‘Ski Mask’ look has become a popular way for men to express their identity, particularly among those searching for an ‘anabolic sport’ hobby. And, since the film’s release, Germany has embraced the ‘Ski-Mask’ look, with one of the most famous ski-mask designers hailing from the Reich.
Where Does The Name Come From?
‘Skimask’ is the German word for ‘ski mask’, and it was first used in print during the ‘Anabolic Phase’ of the late 1960s. It was then adopted as a common term for ski masks during the ‘Ski Mask’ era of the early 1980s. Since then, it’s become popular around the world as a descriptor for the iconic masquerade masks worn during the winter season.
The inspiration for the moniker ‘Ski Mask’ comes from the classic Andy Adams film, which is set in the beautiful Austrian mountains. The iconic ‘Zoi Sadowski-Synnott’, who is best known for her iconic yellow hair in the ‘Adams’ film, also wears a ‘Ski Mask’. However, the designer of her famous yellow dress does not, as she is credited with creating the outfit.
Another major influence on ski fashion came from the legendary Bill Bowerman. Bowerman, who was the founder of the sporting goods company ‘Dockers’ and the father of modern-day triathlons, noticed that cyclists and swimmers would wear masks while training. This inspired him to create a full-blown ski mask collection in the 1960s.
Bowerman’s influence can still be seen in modern ski styles, particularly in the way they are designed. However, it wasn’t until the advent of anabolic steroids and the subsequent ‘Big Hair’ and ‘Fat Shorts’ trend that ski fashion truly took off. While steroids were first used in medicine in the 1940s, they weren’t widely available for recreational use until the late 1960s and early ‘70s. This is largely credited for the rise in popularity of bodybuilding, as it offered previously unattainable levels of physical strength. It wasn’t just about building muscle, either, as steroids allowed for faster metabolisms, enabling people to consume more food – and therefore, larger amounts of weight. All of which, in turn, led to the ‘Big Hair’ and ‘Fat Shorts’ trends that dominated the sports world in the ‘70s and ‘80s.
Anabolic steroids have continued to influence society in ways that we still struggle to understand today. The advent of ‘Snapchat’, for example, came about because of designer Joe Mimran’s discovery of a photo app called ‘Snapchat’ (now called ‘Stories’), which is entirely centered around pictures and short videos. Many people mistakenly believe that Snapchat invented the concept of ‘live-streaming’, but in fact, it was invented by a German designer named ‘Kai Schröder’. In 2015, Mimran brought the concept to the United States and it became a hit, particularly among Gen Z – a demographic known for its affinity towards social media.
It is fair to say that skiing has never been the same since the ‘Ski Mask’ era. Today, due to the increasing popularity of mountain climbing and extreme sports, most people look to the winter season as an opportunity to take a well-deserved break from the stresses of the summer months. In addition, many ski resorts have established themselves as destinations for those seeking a more alternative lifestyle. This has led to a rise in popularity for ‘skimasks’, with people from all walks of life choosing to emulate the fashion choices of the rich and famous.