seagoal Posted December 22, 2021 Share Posted December 22, 2021 (edited) Well the saga of my new Sportmask being painted is not over yet, but it is almost over. I'm happy to say that Jason has it in his shop and my balance is due January 9 so it should be on its way back to me sometime in the first week of the new year. I've been wanting to start this thread for such a long time now but I had to keep waiting, and waiting, and waiting.....I figured now is a good time to lay this all out. Here's the story: -previous experience with Jason Livery (Head Strong Grafx) down in Gulfport, MS was excellent. He painted a Sportmask for me to match my former team called Ice Dragons and working with him was a really great experience. He is communicative, responsive, and interactive during the whole process and was great about sharing teasers once he started. The end result blew me away and I was completely satisfied with the money spent on that paint job. -I eventually left that team when invited to join a new team with a lot of my friends in a higher division in our league where I should be playing. It was a no-brainer to join this team. This team is called Skeletons, colors: red, black, and white. Ended up getting new V9 gear for this team for my birthday as a gift from my awesome partner, so now I am on a red, black, and white team with red, black, and white V9 gear and an icy blue, navy blue helmet. Oops. Not a huge deal and I really didn't care that much, but it was kind of a "one of these things is not like the other" eye sore. -one of my teammates happens to be a commercial graphics guy who is a very skilled airbrush artist and he offered me a paint job on a new helmet if I buy one and of course I took him up on the offer. I came up with a design that I wanted, got him a new Sportmask, and the wait was on. -long story short, this plan did not work out. After timing delays and him being busy and eventually selling his shop, he was no longer able to paint my helmet, even though he had already sanded and primed it. Ugh. -he happens to know a very prominent, talented air brush artist who paints goalie helmets and he agreed to hook me up with him to finish the job. This new plan also did not work out so I was then on my own to get this finished and that's when I decided to contact Jason and hire him to paint my helmet. As always, communicating with Jason was great and he happened to have a slot open in early January, so I hired him, paid my deposit, and sent him my Sportmask. So now the final stage is set. I purchased the helmet and gave it to my teammate in July 2021 and I will finally get it back painted in January 2022. THE DESIGN Furry Red Monster Wears a Mask of Bone, inspired by and a tribute to Pekka Rinne Rinne has been one of my favorite goalies for a large part of my life and his masks by DaveArt have consistently been among my favorites. I'm not the biggest fan of DaveArt masks generally but I think the ones he has done for Rinne over the years are amazing and I've love almost all of them, this one being my #1. If there was ever an actual NHL helmet I wanted to own or a replica rip-off, this was it So with joining this new team and having the opportunity to get a new helmet painted in the same year as Pekka Rinne's retirement, the writing was on the wall that I needed to get a Rinne-tribute on my new helmet. I printed some Sportmask templates and starting sketching out some designs for mask-on-mask concepts to match my new team, Skeletons. The bone theme was a no-brainer so like Rinne's design, the mask on my mask would be made of bone. I looked up some bone masks online and found these which helped me visualize the idea On Rinne's mask you can see the tusks coming out on the chin, which is meant to be a sabre-toothed tiger to match the Predators logo. I didn't want the creature to be a sabre-toothed tiger and I didn't want tusks, so I just sorta imagined the creature to be a wolf-like, furry red muppet. It is a cartoony looking design and I think it fairly comical and silly in how it is illustrated, so having it be a muppet-like creature was perfect. I'm not a very skilled illustrator or artist, but I can sketch well enough to tell a story to a real artist in the spirit of instructions for my vision, so here is what I came up with. There are a lot of little details missing and it is not illustrated very well, but the story and basic concept is clear and I was pretty happy with what I came up with. My number 20 on the chin, my family initials on the back, and the words Stay Present, Stay Calm have been on both of my previous painted helmets so this one will be no different. Once I got this to Jason, he was pretty confident about it and I was reminded that he had done a Rinne-style helmet back in 2017, which was this one The creature on this one is not furry, but if mine gets returned to me and it is even vaguely a close cousin of this one in overall concept and illustration then I am going to be a giddy, happy customer and new helmet owner. I told Jason to take all the liberties he wanted with the little details and illustrations within the design, so there will be a lot of little surprises for me to discover once I see mine come to life. So that's the story of my new helmet, as story which is thankfully almost over. I can not wait to have this in my hands once again with this new paint job. I will update this thread with any teasers and of course with final pics once I have it back. Edited December 22, 2021 by seagoal 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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