REAL LIFE SUPERHERO’S -
By Vice Style, Dec 20, 2011
Here are a bunch of grown-ass men and women–wearing costumes and fighting crime–and fucking apathy in the arse with their raging goodwill. They’re trying to make a difference by patrolling their local neighborhoods in costume, on the lookout for any douchebags who intend to be detrimental to society. They start projects like this Water For Africa fundraiser, and organize huge outreach programs for homeless people to try and help them get back on their feet. So, while it would be incredibly easy to rip on these guys for apparently regressing 30 years, donning lycra and puffing their chests out, they do far more good every day than I’ve ever done in my whole life.
Photographer Peter Tangen gathered all of these costumed, crime-fighting civilians together a couple of years ago to shoot their portraits, and coined the name The Real Life Superhero Project to amalgamate everyone into one group. I get the whole wanting to help the community part, but the costume thing still confuses me a little. Peter explained the outfits as a method of recognition, so people in the community could remember who was helping them out and easily find them again if they ever needed to. I believed him, but still thought there were a few comic book fanatics in there who wanted to dress up just as much as they wanted to help people, so I spoke to a few of the real life superheroes to find out……
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