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Artists give Stormtrooper helmets colorful makeovers

"Star Wars" Stormtroopers ditch the pure-white look for exotic decor from artists like Damien Hirst and Mr. Brainwash.

Mr. Brainwash
Artist Mr. Brainwash poses with his custom helmet. Art Wars

The snow-white world of Stormtroopers has gotten a lot more colorful. Art Wars is an ongoing project that invites artists to reinterpret the way a Stormtrooper helmet looks. The results have ranged from polka dots to pitchforks.

Art Wars came about through a collaboration between artist Ben Moore and Stormtrooper-creator Andrew Ainsworth. The helmets are formed using the original molds built for the first "Star Wars" movie back in 1976.

Perhaps the most famous contributer to Art Wars is Damien Hirst, the artist behind the $100 million diamond skull. His entry adds colorful polka dots to a regular white helmet.

Other artists took the concept even further. Matt Farina created a bizarre morph between a Stormtrooper and R2-D2. Street artist Mr. Brainwash embraced a pop-art look with a Campbell's Soup helmet that doubles as an Andy Warhol tribute. Other artists employed lace, chrome, crystals, and paper money in their makeovers.

An exhibit of the helmets at the Saatchi Gallery in London just wrapped up, but Art Wars has a history of reemerging over time. It has been around in one form or another since 2007. Ben Moores's polka-dot helmet was created in 2010, but the exhibit featured mostly new work created this year.

If one of these pieces really moves you, you can make a sales inquiry directly to Art Wars. You would certainly stand out at the next meeting of the 501st.