Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tomas Vokoun 2011-12 Mask

Tomas Vokoun of the Washington Capitals (born July 2, 1976 in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic.)

Artist: David Gunnarsson

In late February Dave introduced a third mask, Presidents of the U.S., Vol. 3. But I honestly can't tell the difference between it and Vol. 2. Maybe you can. He didn't point out any differences, so I'm not sure what they are.

Below are the first two masks he had this season.
Vokoun has two masks. One to wear with the home uniforms and one to wear with the away uniforms. The first one, with more white, is for road uniforms. The one at the bottom is more red for the home uniforms.

From InGoal Magazine: Gunnarsson explained: "This design is a so called '2 designs in 1', a design style I have developed the last years. On a distance it’s a classic distinct old school retro design built on the cool logos of the Caps. When you come closer you discover a new dimension of detail work.
The theme of the mask is America. Capitals’ logos mixed with eagles in freedom and President Washington himself. Perfect theme for a Washinton Capitals mask design. In the design elements I have created motifs. In the mighty wings that spread over the sides of the mask I have painted motifs in dark blue tones with eagles in action, and in the white base, that gives a retro style, I have created motifs with eagles and President Washington. Motifs from dollar bills and coins. These motifs are painted in same tones as the background to melt in with the background from distance.”

Vokoun debuted another set of pads in late December.

José Theodore 2011-12 Mask

José Theodore of the Florida Panthers (born Sept. 13, 1976 in Laval, QC.)

Artist: David Gunnarsson (Edit: 1/16/12, José unveiled a new mask at practice on 1/14. He said he's not sure if he'll wear it during games or not. Photos and story below the first mask.)

David about the design:

Jose Theodore had such a cool idea for his new mask for his new team Florida Panthers. He wanted his own family on the mask, created as panthers...such a cool idea! I started to sketch the design at once... We came up with the idea to place the Theo family in a typical Florida environment, on the beach... :-) I love to always change style and paint new styles every day. This would be a very funny design.

So I painted the family just having a nice time on the beach. Theo himself as a big panther is lying on the beach with his cool sunglasses, drinking a cold soda, and with his daughter climbing on him. His goalie mask is of course by his side. And his wife on the other side of the mask, or beach.
 How fun must it be for Romy to be on Daddy's mask as a Panther! ♥

"Theodore also has various Florida Panthers logos painted on the mask.
On the back, he has his nickname, ... and a pretty detailed Florida license tag -- complete with the words 'Sunshine State' on the bottom.
The tag reads 'LX 60' to represent his jersey number with the Panthers."
And as always, he has the "R" for Romy and "C" in memory of Chace.

Burning TikiGargoyles on Theodore´s mask

We have the honor to present the Florida Panthers goalie Jose Theodore´s new mask. I love so much to work with Jose, he just like me loves a lot of details on the masks. :)

On this mask it is time for Gargoyles again, I love to paint gargoyles. Jose wanted it in a new unique way with a cool connection to Florida. Karl in my team came up with the idea of Tiki, I made some sketches were I mixed Tikis and Gargoyles, and the design idea was born. Jose loved the sketches and I started the adventure to paint it.

The Burning TikiGargoyles are sitting on each side of the Florida beach in their sand castles, guarding the net. Around this I created a totally action packed Florida design with so many Florida details to discover all over the mask. I love to spend a lot of time just painting details and go crazy on details, and play with metallic effects. Lots of the stuff you can only see when you see the mask live. I remember when I was a kid and watched the TV series Miami Vice, in the intro there were flamingos, so I really wanted that in the design... :)

On the chin the mask is transformed into a Tiki Gargoyle mask, turning Jose into one when he put it on his head.

José started wearing new pads at the end of December. The only difference is the small yellow stripes.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Mike Smith 2011-12 Mask

Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes (born March 22, 1982 in Kingston, ON.)

Artist David Arrigo (Obviously a Wile E. Coyote theme.)

In February, Smith debuted an updated version of the Wile E. Coyote mask. Here's the article at InGoal Magazine.

This new mask features Wile E. in updated gear to match Smith’s own Reebok P4s, but the other change is far more significant for Looney Tunes fans.
“On this one the unthinkable happens,” Arrigo told InGoal in an email. “He gets the Roadrunner!”
Yes, the Roadrunner finally meets his demise, and it’s at the hands of (you guessed it) an Acme goal stick.

This was his first mask of the season:
From InGoal Magazine: "Smitty came up with the theme and then David gave it the style. We love the back plate especially – go have a look!

For those wondering, the name across the top is honouring Mike’s new son."

And yes, Wile E. has blue feathers in his mouth. Poor Road Runner!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mathieu Garon 2011-12 Mask

Mathieu Garon of the Tampa Bay Lightning (born Jan. 9, 1978 in Chandler, QC.)

3rd jersey mask at bottom.
Artist Sylvie Poitras

From InGoal Magazine.

"It combines the team logo with the nautical theme and his number on the chin. Poitras told InGoal she was going for a bit of a “mix of new and vintage” in the design."

Garon wears this mask with their third jerseys.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Dustin Tokarski 2011-12 Mask

Dustin Tokarski of the Tampa Bay Lightning (born Sep 16, 1989 in Humboldt, SK.)

His nickname is “Tick”, hence the animated Tick character on the side.

Artist: David Arrigo

The back plate on the helmet is a tribute to his Grandpa who supported him throughout his hockey career.

Graphic from The Goalie Guild