While Mach frequently uses multiple mass-produced objects, most notably magazines, newspapers and car tyres, in his practice, with Fire Breather he uses instead the more conventional combination of fibre glass and steel. Consistent with previous practice however, he does retain the elements of humour and social commentary that are so apparent in his other works. The fibreglass figure stands in mid-stride on an upward-sloping steel base, which visually creates a stage-like platform for his performance. Mach has created what at first glance appears to be a very standard, idealised young man; strong masculine features, six-pack, broad shoulders, muscular arms. Yet the tanned bare chest, studded arm bracelet, thick buckled belt, large hoop earring in the right ear, the exaggerated-looking golden hair, and the ruffled spotted handkerchief in his back pocket indicate an alternative model of masculinity. Mach is not simply being playful, as these sexualised characteristics add to the theatricality of Fire Breather, which culminates with the figure blowing fire through a torch every two minutes. In a sense, a connection can be made with Mach's fascination with the effects of fire on his work, as can be seen in his match-head series.