American goaltender Jimmy Howard wanted a “stars and stripes” theme for his new mask for the upcoming 2014 Sochi Olympics.
His long-time personal painter Ray Bishop of Bishop Designs decided to give them a little more edge, using them in a wing pattern and adding an eagle on the forehead to complete the bold patriotic look on his new Vaughn mask by Pro’s Choice.
“He said he was looking for some sort of ‘Stars and Stripes’ design, so I drew up a couple sketches for him,” Bishop said. “He liked the basic sketch that portrayed this idea of an eagle head and a more aggressive stars and stripes pattern, so here it is.”
Bishop will be well represented in Sochi. In addition to Howard’s Olympic mask, he painted Ryan Miller’s great new lid, as well as one for U.S. women’s team goalie Brianne McLaughlin.
Bishop has also painted two other masks for Howard already this season – the inspiring “Spirit of Detroit” look that Howard wears most nights, as well as a special edition “Pink Ribbon” mask used to raise money and awareness to fight breast cancer.
You can find more art from Bishop on his company website, his Facebook page, and by following Bishop on Twitter, but for now enjoy these close ups of Howard’s new mask (and some matching gear from his gear company, Vaughn) for the upcoming Sochi Games:
Howard’s long-time equipment company, Vaughn Custom Sports, also sent out a shot of his Olympic pads on their Twitter feed: