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Philipp Grubauer puts new twist on familiar mask design

Philipp Grubauer and mask artist David Gunnarsson of DaveArt have a long history of working together on his lids.

Sometimes, a goaltender needs a fresh new concept each year. But for Grubauer, it’s not worth messing with a good thing – so he’s kept up with a similar theme each year, titled ‘The Desolation of Grubi’, as he evolves into a bona fide NHLer.

This year, the two have added a few new twists to the design, modernizing the Desolation series with a phenomenal 2017 mask. Take a look:

Welcome to the 7th chapter of Philipp Grubauer's mask art saga🙏🏻📕. Every new mask I create for every goalie is totally unique, made in only one version and for only one person, the goalie👌🏻. Every new mask gets its own unique name, and the design is locked to only the owner of the mask🔓, and it will never be replicated🚫. Every new mask is not just a painting🎨, it is a story📕, told chapter by chapter, creating the story of the goaltender🥅. It is such an awesome feeling and honor to work side by side with a goalie for many, many years and evolve and create the mask art saga🚀. A saga to be remembered. Grubi's latest chapter has the same ingredients as his previous chapters, so it really feels like a genuine Caps and Grubi mask⭐️. But it is created in a new way🤔, here we have also used textile FX✂️ and sketch FX✏️. And the closer you come the more details you will discover🔍👀 and the mask transforms in front of your eyes…👊🏻🔥 @philippgrubauer31 @capitals #DaveArt #nhl @nhl #DaveArtTheCradleOfCreativity #DaveArtTheMaskNerd 🤓🙏🏻

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“It is such an awesome feeling and honor to work side by side with a goalie for many, many years and evolve and create the mask art saga,” Gunnarsson wrote on Instagram. “Grubi’s latest chapter has the same ingredients as his previous chapters, so it really feels like a genuine Caps and Grubi mask??. But it is created in a new way…”

A new way, for sure.

The stars-and-stripes theme has been given a new twist, with larger, bolder stripes and shifting the stars from the blue portions of the mask to the striped sides.

The chin, as always, has ‘Grubi’ written in elegant script, and the team’s alternate logo – the eagle superimposed over the Capitol Building – makes an appearance in the body of the design, as well. The Capitals written logo is subtly included along the sides of the cage, and the Sketch FX used on the sides help give an extra dimension to the design.

What may be the coolest part of the whole concept, though, is the new ‘Holosphere FX’ paint that Gunnarsson has been using on designs this season. Take a look:

Welcome to the 7th chapter of Philipp Grubauer's mask art saga🙏🏻📕. Every new mask I create for every goalie is totally unique, made in only one version and for only one person, the goalie👌🏻. Every new mask gets its own unique name, and the design is locked to only the owner of the mask🔓, and it will never be replicated🚫. Every new mask is not just a painting🎨, it is a story📕, told chapter by chapter, creating the story of the goaltender🥅. It is such an awesome feeling and honor to work side by side with a goalie for many, many years and evolve and create the mask art saga🚀. A saga to be remembered. Grubi's latest chapter has the same ingredients as his previous chapters, so it really feels like a genuine Caps and Grubi mask⭐️. But it is created in a new way🤔, here we have also used textile FX✂️ and sketch FX✏️. And the closer you come the more details you will discover🔍👀 and the mask transforms in front of your eyes…👊🏻🔥 @philippgrubauer31 @capitals #DaveArt #nhl @nhl #DaveArtTheCradleOfCreativity #DaveArtTheMaskNerd 🤓🙏🏻

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With each shift of the mask, the blue areas of the design reveal the holographic pattern of alternate logos.

Pretty neat; while all of Grubauer’s masks have been sharp-looking concepts, the holograms add just another dimension to the stellar design this year.

For more of Gunnarsson’s excellent work, check out his official website, Twitter account, or Instagram.

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Cat Silverman

Catherine is the first American in a long line of Canadians, making her the black sheep before she even decided she wasn’t going to be a Leafs fan. Writer for Today’s Slapshot, InGoal Magazine, and Coyotes.NHL.com, coach in the Arizona Coyotes Department of Hockey Development. Goalies are not voodoo.

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