Islanders fisherman makes a resurgence on Kristers Gudlevskis mask
Kristers Gudlevskis made waves back in 2014, when he debuted a gorgeous Olympic mask based on the Latvian Freedom Monument.
This year, he’s making a fresh start with a new team, as he was moved to the New York Islanders over the summer. With that comes yet another new mask – but although this one doesn’t have the same national sentiment behind it, the throwback design shows echoes of the layout behind arguably his most iconic design to date.
He teamed up with Swedish mask artist Dave Gunnarsson of DaveArt to create this year’s lid, which takes Islanders fans back to the days of their most polarizing (but cultishly revered) jersey design ever.
That’s right – As Gudlevskis enters his inaugural season in Brooklyn, he’ll boast the famed fisherman logo front and center on his mask:
Welcome Kristers Gudlevskis to the DaveArt Squad💪🏻🎨! It was an awesome ride to create your stormy fisherman design💦⚓️🛥. Built on strong contrasts and the power of the oceans waves…🌊 Old school and clean on a distance, and when you come closer🔍 you will enter a new dimension of detail work and the story begins➡️📕. Among all the DaveArt Trademark Super FX✨ you will find Hologram FX⭐️. A design that live and breath the Islanders. #gudlevskis @ny_islanders #DaveArt #nhl #DaveArtTheCradleOfCreativity @nhl #DaveArtTheMaskNerd 🤓
Gunnarsson based the design on a mix of old and new, both with the designs he chose and with the medium he used to paint the mask.
The top boasts the fisherman from the Islanders sweater of the late-1990’s, sitting prominently in the spot the Freedom Monument was displayed on his Olympic mask.
The sides of the fisherman are flanked by the team’s longest-standing logo, though, devoid of the Long Island image in the same fashion as their black alternates from the move to Brooklyn. The original logo, complete with the map of the team’s old home, is barely visible in the orange background.
At first glance, the mask is as simple as that; apart from his number on the chin, there really isn’t much to create any clutter in the design. Gunnarsson took the classic concept and modernized it, though, using his new Hologram FX to create holographic NY logos dancing through the blue background of the larger logos themselves.
Gudlevskis never quite broke through in Tampa Bay’s system, only managing to make three collective NHL appearances across his years in the system. For now, he’s still on the outside looking in – he’s made his season debut at the AHL level with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers – but if he manages to gain traction, he could get a call-up as the year progresses.