Mike Smith’s Kids Ride Wile E. Coyote on New Mask
Mike Smith and his personal artist David Arrigo of Darrigo Art have been teaming up to produce some great Phoenix Coyotes mask the last few years.
Starting with Wile E. Coyote as the prominent character as a goalie, then suiting him up in vintage pads and gloves and, finally adding Smith’s young children in hockey-playing poses on either side, the series of Coyotes mask has quickly a fan favourite here at InGoal.
Now it’s time for the next installation, and according to Arrigo, Smith took an “even bigger hand” the design this time.
“The only thing he didn’t do on this one was paint it,” Arrigo joked of a “a clean and very simple background design.”
The goalie gear is gone, but Smith’s kids, Ajax and Aksel are again featured prominently in a true “wrap-around design.” And like their dad, whose recent goal-scoring exploits will be celebrated this week with his own bobble head, it appears the Smith children like their locks flowing.
The Smith kids have joined Wile E. riding an ACME rocket, with one holding onto his ears, on the left side, and it catches up to and impales the road runner on the right side of the mask . The exhaust from the rocket trails back under the chin, which features a Route 41 highway sign for Smith’s No. 41, and over to the bottom of the right, with their names pillowing out in the smoke. One kid is wearing a “SmithPup” jersey.
All in all, it’s another a fun, family-friendly mask that nicely ties Smith to the Coyotes, and a worthy successor to the Wile E. Coyote series.
Enjoy the photos below, and for more great David Arrigo art – and there’s a lot more there than just masks as David has been commissioned to do live murals at the Olympics, NHL All-star Game, and Superbowl, among others – please visit his web site and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.