Whip out this PPE to whip the coronavirus real good.
New wave group Devo has released a face shield made to look like their iconic Energy Dome hats, to both serve as vital personal protective equipment and honor the 40th anniversary of the tiered red cap’s debut.
“The dome is solid and the attached shield is clear but it’s what you can’t see that gets you!” reads the product description for the Devo Energy Dome PPE Kit, now available for pre-order on the band’s official store site. “Stay safe from invisible particles and unwanted bodily fluids in this coordinated, disease blocking, Devo Energy Dome PPE kit headgear. The shield attaches to your Energy Dome via Velcro. It’s simple and it’s safe!”
The “Whip It” band’s kit, which costs $49.98, comes unassembled.
“It’s very important that you acquire a plastic hard hat liner adjusted to your head size and fix it with duct tape or super glue to the inside of the [dome],” explains band co-founder Gerald Casale, Brooklyn Vegan reports, “This allows the dome to float just about the cranium and thus do its job. Unfortunately, sans hard-hat liner, the recirculation of energy will not occur!”
The design of the funny head-covering has been confused for “flower pots, dog bowls, car urinals, lampshades,” over the years, says Casale, but in fact, “it was designed according to the ancient ziggurat mound proportions used in votive worship.”
In addition to the face shields, Devo is also selling two kinds of face masks — triple-ply cotton face masks bearing the Energy Dome symbol ($20) and a “Duty Now,” mask ($90 for five). “COVID! SHE’S 19 AND SHE’S REALLY MEAN. DELIVERS PAIN. REMAINS UNSEEN. And as far as the doctors tell us, she’s here for the foreseeable future. So, we can bet masks will be mandated for certain social interactions as the lockdown loosens and people venture out,” reads the masks’ product description.
For those who already have an Energy Dome ($31.98) at home, just the protective shield bearing the group’s “Duty Now for the Future” album art, is available for purchase ($19.98).