‘Why so serious?’ Joker on Connor Ingram’s first pro mask
Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Connor Ingram wanted to make sure his new pro teams were the focus of his first pro mask but he also wanted to bring a trademark with him from junior.
Ingram, who signed a three-year entry level contract with the Lightning on April 4, two days after his junior season with the Kamloops Blazers ended, has included the Joker character portrayed by the late Heath Ledger on the backplate of his new Lightning- and Syracuse Crunch-themed mask.
“The backplate is a kind of trademark that he had from the juniors,” said artist Sylvie Marsolais of Sylabrush Airbrush. “Connor wanted to put Heath Ledger joker character holding a card and we added the bolts logo on the card. … Another feature that we added is the ”Hahahahaha” from the joker on the backplate.”
The maniacal laugh track of the Joker is all over the mask in the background, but the rest is focused on the Lightning and, mostly, the Crunch of the American Hockey League, with a few special touches from Marsolais.
“Connor specifically wanted a graphic/team style mask so we came out with this design which mimic’s some white hockey tape peeling off on the sides,” Marsolais said. “On the chin we wanted to do like a logo stamped on the tape. On the sides we put some Bolts logo with some light shadows and on top we put the Crunch logo. For the background we did some fine electric bolts coming down and behind you can see the shaded fine sparkle blue.”
You can find more work from Marsolais, who also painted the “hidden theme” mask for Ottawa Senators No.1 Craig Anderson, and a heritage Ron Tugnutt tribute mask for Senators backup Mike Condon, by checking out her Twitter, official website, or Facebook page. But in the meantime enjoy more close ups and in-progress images of Ingram’s new mask, including a bigger shot of the Joker backplate here: