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Alienate friends and family with "super realistic" masks based on your pets

Showing cute photos of your cats or dogs to disinterested friends gets stale after a while. There are only so many times you can bore loved ones with a gallery of kitty sitting like a human or doggo tilting its head to one side before the thrill of absolutely killing a conversation starts to wear thin.

Well, those worries are over: A Japanese service that models nightmare, wearable replicas of your pet’s face is here to cement your status as the off-putting, over-enthusiastic animal guardian of your social circles forevermore.

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As reported by Grape, this bold innovation comes courtesy of “creative planning office” Shindo Rinka and a modeling studio called 91. (Please click through to the latter company for photos of a man posing in a super fucked-up ape mask.) Completely normal people can pay to have their pet’s face turned into an oversized, fur-covered sculpture after sending in a photo. Once the decapitated, dead-eyed likeness of the animal is complete, owners can put it on, covering their own face with that of a creature who has no say whatsoever about the whole thing. Whether the mask can ever truly be removed again, on either a physical or psychological level, remains to be seen.

As this video blog of a masked man introducing his cat diary shows, the effect is deeply unsettling—sort of like turning into a were-lynx with the added benefit of pretending to be your pet at the same time. If there’s one barrier to achieving the dream of becoming a mutant freak for yourself, it may be that the service costs ¥300,000 (roughly $2,700 USD).

Read more about the service and enjoy some extremely memorable photos of the process by heading on over here.

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Reid McCarter

Contributor, The A.V. Club. Reid's a writer and editor who has appeared at GQ, Playboy, and Paste. He also co-created and writes for videogame sites Bullet Points Monthly and Digital Love Child.