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I must admit that as the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, there were some things that surprised me. Masks were one of those surprises.

At first, I didn’t like them. Masks fogged my glasses. They made it hard for strangers to see my winning smile. And going to the local bank branch wearing a mask made me feel like a bank robber...who might get handcuffed.

But masks have a silver lining. With some people, the less we see of their faces, the better. For some faces, masks are a vast improvement. 

Good

GOOD. Reduce the risk of infection and conceal that mouth.

Better

BETTER. Fight the spread of microbes and enhance the environment.

Best

BEST. Minimize infections and simultaneously improve urban aesthetics.

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Why doesn’t Don make masks? 

That’s a question I have heard often in the last three months. Answer? It takes me so long to design a product that months would pass before I could have a mask ready. By the time I develop a design I like, find a supplier I trust, refine production specifications, and approve prototypes, the pandemic will have burned out and few of us will be able to remember there was a time when we had to stay home. (I hope.)

I wear a BADbandana when I go out. It has worked great so far. 

BB6

If, I am wrong and mask-wearing becomes a permanent social convention, I might change my mind and start designing ridiculous masks in 2021. 

While we are on the topic of things Don is NOT working on...you’ll be glad to know that I am not currently working on a vaccine or serum.

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Stay healthy. Stay safe. No epidemics last forever.

Don—Pittsburgh, June 5, 2020

Comments on this post (54)

  • Jul 03, 2020

    Please consider making some masks sooner than later. Lord knows we need humor to get us thru this! For me personally the graphics on my coffee cup would be perfect (the sweary one 😊).
    And not to be so selfish, would you consider reprinting the note cards with the sea creatures on them? Please? I’m not a fan of flowery smarmy notecards and they are perfect!
    Stay safe and be easily amused
    CZA

    — Chris

  • Jul 01, 2020

    Any chance ‘murder hornets’ might find a spot? (The only calamity of 2020 that seems to have some humorous effect…)

    — Mary Freeman

  • Jun 24, 2020

    Please design colorful masks <3 they look and feel great. Masks are great for introverts like me and I will wear them always now.

    — Anna

  • Jun 12, 2020

    Hi, guys! We’ve got the Robot Uprising bandanas and adore them! I also just saw that there had been Space Worm ones too. Oh, please bring those back! I must have them! I didn’t know about Calamityware when they came out. I started with the full tea set and now have ordered the Skedaddlesaurus tote bag on Kickstarter. Can’t wait! But please remember the Space Worms! They just tickle me! 😊

    — Lisa

  • Jun 07, 2020

    I love all of the designs. Got the TCBW mugs, and they are terrific. You KNOW I would buy masks. I would lovingly suggest the zombie poodle design.

    — Terri Colburn

  • Jun 07, 2020

    I second Susan on the Skedaddleasaurus design! I don’t need travel bags either at this point but it would be great to have the fabric.

    I am liking masks because now I don’t have to struggle with makeup to hide the dark circles under my eyes!

    — Elene Gusch

  • Jun 07, 2020

    More T shirts in more colors! Yes to yardage fabric! Masks yes! I’m starting to think about Christmas gifting…

    — Sandstorm

  • Jun 07, 2020

    I don’t like masks either. I want to see people smile again.

    — Norma H

  • Jun 07, 2020

    There were so many good and funny comments I wasn’t going to leave one but in the spirit of rioting I got caught up. So here’s mine. I would buy a mask even though I’ve made over 200 for people During this apocalypse. But in supporting your artwork I would love to see a version of the dog chasing death on a bicycle as one print across the mask area. I may have to retrofit some thing if that does not happen. Do not take that as a dangerous threat only that I love that print so much

    — Giuliana Nakashima

  • Jun 07, 2020

    Don, did you design the graphic that Roku uses as it’s background? It certainly looks like it came right out of you imagination. :)

    — Jane Boswell

  • Jun 07, 2020

    There are a lot of needs for masks not just during this pandemic. My husband had stage lV lymphoma 5 years ago and had to wear a mask when outside because of his compromised immune system. As if that were not bad enough I am terminally ill and cannot risk getting the flu or covid..that would be a death sentence (I am on the transplant list which would allow me to live a normal life) so a mask for me is a must. But wait..there is more…after year 5 and being declared officially cancer free, my husband had a major stroke, hence, masks all the time. I guess my point after a long tangent is I have been in many hospitals and a lot of medical offices before and during the pandemic and masks are needed all the time. Whew…that was a long one. On that note..love your artwork…you are incredibly talented and creative and bring a smile to my face as well as many others!

    — Audrey

  • Jun 07, 2020

    I agree. Anytime you put out a mask, or fabric for masks, you will sell out. So please design one. We will wait. Your designs are worth wearing, Pandemic or no Pandemic.

    — Darya

  • Jun 07, 2020

    I bought the tea towels and made 8 masks for me, my husband and my offspring and their spouses. Worked great and looks fantastic(al)! My kids love them/you have some new fans!

    — Susan

  • Jun 07, 2020

    Yes please masks sooner than later! I would be the envy of my hospital if I had a “what’s next” mask 😷I love your humor and your products and would proudly represent Calamityware here in Salt Lake City.
    Stay healthy,
    Valerie

    — Valerie

  • Jun 07, 2020

    As someone who has sewn her whole life, I will agree with many here who asked that you produce yardage from some of your wonderful designs. You can let US make the masks. And just think of the blog you could write with pictures of what your customers made with your yardage!

    — Virginia

  • Jun 07, 2020

    Masks do prevent the spread of a disease, if you have it. To think otherwise means you’re underinformed. Or a twit.
    Make masks, they’ve been a thing all over the world for a long time… Most Americans are just too obsessed with personal “freedom” to do anything that is good for the strangers around them but Is just inconvenient and annoying for them selves. Make us some funny fancy ones. Intelligent and non-selfish people will be wearing them for the foreseeable future, and probably beyond.

    — Tom

  • Jun 07, 2020

    Diana (above) is right…
    …good God, Man…just ONE mask…for the people, for America, for THE WORLD! Make it…and we will buy! You might even be considered for a Nobel Prize or some other Proclaimation…for your World-Wide efforts in the assistance to HUMANITY!!!
    PLUS…I wanna be the CooL Chick wearing the Don Moyer Calamity anti-anythingbad mask…I’ve always wanted to be cool…! Love your stuff Don Moyer/Calamityware!
    Sincerely, a best-ie fan, Virginia K.

    — Virginia Kelly

  • Jun 07, 2020

    Let us hope masks do not become a permanent thing. I have yet to wear one and don’t plan to. They are ineffective in stopping the spread of the Corona virus and can, if anything, be detrimental. I love your bandanas which I use as bandanas, nit masks. I for one find it refreshing that you are not making masks but as a capitalist would understand if you started selling them.

    — Malaise

  • Jun 06, 2020

    My spouse also wears one of his BADbandanas when he goes out, and they look good and work well. If this goes on long enough, at least looking at your mask designs will be a bright spot. Perhaps dinosaurs munching on viruses?

    — Sara Steelman

  • Jun 06, 2020

    I agree with the others: “Masks are here to stay, would be cool if you made some” — I think your iconography would cut the ‘earnestness’ factor of wearing them, increasing the ironic factor, ergo be a good thing, because encouraging adoption (of masks.) Also, I did open the newsletter with the unveiling of the ‘Skedaddleosaurus’ tote campaign & I agree with Karen that it would make a great shirt, quilt or other other customisable pattern, so I second the idea of releasing it as fabric for sewists to sew at home!

    — Sylvia Boss

  • Jun 06, 2020

    Hi Don,

    I would like to suggest that you DO start making masks. Not only will masks hopefully become a more normal thing here in the USA as the COVID epidemic continues but also when fall comes and influenza shows back up.
    I work in a hospital and fabric masks covering the N95 or surgical/procedure masks are THE THING. The fabric helps keep the one mask you get for the day clean, they’re also fun. Bandanas are cool, but when you have to wear one all day every day in a truly contaminated environment, not so much.
    Masks are becoming a fashion accessory, and I would love to be sporting a Calamity Wear mask. As well as giving them as gifts for Christmas. Please reconsider. Even made from the silk scarf material.
    Also still yearning for the sea monster bed linens.
    Thank you!
    Sally from Michigan, USA

    — Sally

  • Jun 05, 2020

    Love your bandannas, wish they were a wee bit bigger

    — Charles

  • Jun 05, 2020

    As a fellow Pittsburgher and someone who is slowly plotting accessorizing her 1910 house in your wonderful looks-period-appropriate-from-a-distance-but-we-know-the-truth designs from your Spoonflower studio and has outfitted her bathroom in epic style with the sea monsters shower curtain, I beg you to please consider releasing more textile designs if you aren’t interested in making masks yourself. Your sewist fans would greatly appreciate it! My husband and I both actually squealed when we saw the Skedaddleosaurus pattern. While I sadly don’t need travel bags, I would totally use that fabric for a shirt for my husband or a quilt for the guest room or …. Thank you for your delightful designs!

    — Kristen Harkness

  • Jun 05, 2020

    Oh the new calamitous possibilities this year is offering for when you DO hit the mask drawing boards: Murder hornets! Stadium-sized asteroids! Revived zombie flatworms! Yellowstone! No wonder you are taking your time. Meanwhile, I’ll stay in, sip from my cup, get surprised (again) by that one bug in the cereal bowl, and adjust my BADbandana for contagion chic.

    — Susan Burns

  • Jun 05, 2020

    Someone will always need a mask. People who have suppressed immune systems because of undergoing chemotherapy will need them. I appreciate the difficulty and the standards you adhere to with your suppliers. Badbannas will be enough for now. I’m only sorry that you are out of No 5 Robot Uprising.

    — Heidi

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