Artist, Mark Allen, has been arrested, applauded, and deplored for his glamorization of death and pretending to be a corpse in public places. Not only has he designed a line of fashionable bodybags for the deceased, but he has also taken this artistic endeavor to the streets: performing publicly in Miami, Los Angeles, Kansas City, and New York (usually drawing a crowd that is later broken up by police).
Mark Allen Bodybags seek to provide an alternative to an untimely death. Instead of being carried away in a cheap plastic sack, you instead can be carried away in style, making your last fashion statement to the public. For those priveledged enough to own such a luxury: "Don't be caught dead without one!"
Honoring the dead is not a new phenomenon. The ancient Egyptians especially revered the human body as a vessel for the soul, a prized and sacred possesion. Just because you die does not mean this body becomes a worthless bag of bones. Instead, it should be discarded with care and dignity, from start to finish.
The project was conceptualized during the artist’s studies in Europe. The inspiration came from a language difference between the British and American use of the word “bodybag” (the Brits use this word to refer to a “purse” or “cross-body bag”). It has come to not only represent a unique fashion statement but also and artistic endeavor, exploring the meaning of mortality and materialism.
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