As Henrik Lundqvist tweeted earlier on Friday, “New season means new mask.”
The King went in an entirely new direction with his.
After focusing on his adopted city of New York and Rangers logos on most of his previous masks, Lundqvist asked long-time personal painter and fellow Swede artist David Gunnarsson of DaveArt to come up “the start of a series of tributes to legends from his home country of Sweden.”
We can only imagine what awaits in the future renditions promised by Gunnarsson – ABBA and IKEA tributes top the stereotype lists and Gunnarsson himself must be nearing icon status in his home country – but he and Lundqvist decided to start with Swedish “Legends from the Silverscreen” for this season.
“On one side of the mask you find the Swedish movie legends Greta Garbo and Ingrid Bergman painted in a soft classic style, and on the other side you find the legendary Swedish director Ingmar Bergman in a movie poster-inspired layout, inspired from his iconic movie The Seventh Seal,” Gunnarsson wrote on Facebook. “Everything is mixed into a classic Lundqvist layout and of course you will find all the other stuff from Henrik’s mask series, such as the Statue of Liberty in bling bling, and a lot of 3-D effects and other cool Special FX. And of course lightning all over the mask, just as on all his mask all the way from Frölunda.”
Enjoy close ups of the new mask below (there is also a hilarious video of Lundqvist’s new ESPN commercial featuring the Swedish Chef of Muppets fame, perhaps another candidate for a future mask), and you can find more of Gunnarsson’s great artwork on both his website and on his Twitter feed. And for all the new masks you can expect to see when the NHL season starts on Jan. 19, be sure to visit out InGoal’s mask page.
And lastly, courtesy of a tweet from Linda Cohn, here is Lundqvist and the Swedish Chef doing an ESPN commercial: