Last Minute Communist Party Costume





Introduction: Last Minute Communist Party Costume

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The bourgeoisie cannot exist without constantly revolutionizing the instruments of production, so let's get Hammer & Sickled!

Inspired by this tee shirt, I threw this one together in about 10 minutes after I got all the pieces. Karl Marx with a lampshade on his head just cracks me up for some reason.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

  1. Soviet Union Tee Shirt $13.00: Get this on Amazon Prime (24 hour delivery in most places), or make your own with a stencil and bleach in a spray bottle. Here's an instructable for that method:
  2. Hard Hat $13.00: Also on Amazon Prime, but most big hardware stores will have these.
  3. Chammpagne Bottle Confetti Cannon $5.00: I got mine at a local party store, but you can get a 3 pack on Amazon Prime for $22.
  4. Lamp Shade $22.00: Also Amazon Prime, but you could find a cheaper one locally most likely.
  5. 2" bolt, five nuts, two washers.
  6. Hand Drill.

Step 2: Drill a Hole in the Hard Hat

The hard hat attaches to the lamp shade, which makes for a much more comfortable way to prove to the proletariat that you're having way too much fun. Try to center the hole so that when the hard hat is on, the lamp shade is centered on the top of your head- this will ensure that it wobbles sufficiently.

Step 3: Insert the Bolt

Put a washer on the bolt, then insert the bolt into the hole. This will ensure a secure fit for the hardware while you run around and celebrate your ownership of the means of production.

Step 4: Nuts and Lamp Shade

  1. With another washer on the other side of the bolt, screw down a nut to keep the bolt in place on the helmet.
  2. Screw down two nuts on top of this one to give the lamp shade ample room to wobble.
  3. Place the lamp shade on the bolt.
  4. screw down one nut so there's plenty of space for the lamp shade to wobble, then screw down the last nut to keep everything in place.

Step 5: Party Like It's 1917!

Let the ruling classes tremble at the infectious fun of a costume party. We have nothing to lose but our chains and a few brain cells!



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    Not bad, you could do holocaust costume as well!

    but i dont think its perfewct and respect your opinion if you look at the numbers.

    American imperialism wasn't funny either but you don't see anyone complaining about that

    Imperialism. Did it truly exist for us? Does it now? Dependent upon the applied definition, our purported 'Neo-Imperialism' may fall far short of the classic mark. And a decent case can be made that our "American Age of Imperialism" never actually ended and so should be referred to in the present tense.

    The question is not one of 'can and will', but rather of 'should'; it
    is prudent to contemplate the consequences (within one's societal
    reference frame) of any celebration with regard to the cause thereof.

    I believe I understood that from the beginning, Jon, and found it quite amusing. Wearing the face of 1800's Capitalism forced me to comment as I did. I might have similarly commented had I been wearing a McCarthy face that day. Continue your good and happy works,

    I am not. Mine is the serious face of Capitalism, hence the admonishment not to frivolify Communism nor celebrate on it's behalf.

    I forgot to mention I like the hat and the shirt. And the wheezer and the confetti.

    Even as a stodgy Capitalist, I must say that Communism has many attractive facets in it's pure form. The bastardizations of that pure form give one pause, as should many aspects Capitalism.

    I find it hard, myself, to argue vigorously against pure-form communism if we all work to our ability and with equal earnest. In my mind, a 'high award' is not a monetary bonus or elevated station, power, or affluence, but a well made pie of no particular fruit. A good pie is a handsome reward, and a shared pie tastes best and does the most good. I should be writing this from a small farmstead, and not a house in town. We are too stacked and out of touch with the growing things that support us. We strive for Lamborghinis when we need Model Ts or carts and buggies.

    I am not the young soldier I was, nor the acquirer I was. If we assume we are the best, the most ut, then we cease striving to be better and eventually come to believe we need not even try to maintain our balance. And if we are, indeed, anywheres near the summit, we shall have a great fall. We must keep perspective, we must have an objective knowledge of who we are, what we do, what we should do.

    Look at a listing of jobs, and consider how jinked we are that so very, very few are farmer, seamstress, carpenter, blacksmith - all of which we truly, truly need to survive comfortably and have contemplative moments and how vastly many are for contrived positions atop layer upon layer upon layer of created dependencies which produce directly NO food, shelter, warmth or clothing. How have we come to this, that such a discrepancy is so un-obvious? Progress! Is it?


    2 years ago

    Oh, never expected to see so many butthurt people here. Despite being from a country which 25 years ago was in Soviet Union itself I find this hilarious. That lampshade hat is amazing and the costume itself is mostly poking fun at strange design choices of former USSR, not aiming to copy some official of the time. Could've used a carpet as a cape, for even more fun (carpets were, and sadly still are hung on walls by some people in the region).

    Keep it up, polarizing things are good content, they get the people talking. (:

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    i don't see that look in the u.s. often ~ carpets on walls ~ but, i actually like it! it's like instant, portable wallpaper that can be changed more easily for a whole new look. it seems as though it may also be great for quieting loud sounds from room to room. does it help with insulation, as well? :^)

    I love how we all worry about offending people these days. I think its hysterical! Nice work. :D

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    I find it interesting that the judgements of so few seem to dictate policy and direction for so many in recent decades. I do like connective technologies and the concept of open society. It is good to know that this or that is offensive or welcome or received with tepid acceptance. The translation of those into the superlative form by a limited number of offendants or acceptants, resulting in great multitudes of otherwise faultless defendants who must be reined in, overruled, taken to task by strict policy, law or shunning. Disquieting. Give a certain amount of voice to the minority, surely, but allowing them to powers beyond their right is unhealthy.

    Sort of like turning to tar when natural resins could do. (Oakum in some way translates to everything.)

    A new question: Is it all 'chemistry' or 'physics'? - and lets not put too much emphasis in our responses on the idea that 'physics is the root of all' =)