The Tick Hits the Surf on Dustin Tokarski’s New Mask
Anaheim’s Dustin Tokarski has teamed up with David Leroux of Diel Airbrush to produce an awesome new mask design featuring cult cartoon hero The Tick.
Created by cartoonist Ben Edlund in 1986, The Tick was originally created as the newsletter mascot for New England Comics but spawned a series of comic strips as well as TV series in 1994 and again in 2001.
It’s not the first time 26-year old Tokarski has featured the popular character on his mask, with Leroux telling InGoal Magazine that the Saskatchewan native was clear about what he wanted in the new design.
“Dustin really wanted a white based mask and his character the Tick! He also wanted The Tick and Wildwing to have a ‘Californian lifestyle’ look, so we decided to make them surfers!”
Traditionally decked out in blue, The Tick’s costume has switched to orange following Tokarski’s move to Anaheim, with the satirical superhero also donning a Ducks road jersey as he hits the surf with Anaheim’s famous mascot Wildwing.
The Tick also pops up on the right hand side of the new mask, peering over the Ducks logo, while the flipper on the chin cup adds a nice touch and the use of palm trees in the detail also help boost that California vibe, with the white base layer and cage really helping the vibrant colours stand out.
Currently with Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in San Diego, Tokarski compiled a 10-12-5 record in parts of five seasons with Montreal and Tampa Bay, who drafted him in 2008, posting an NHL career save percentage of .904 and a goals-against average of 2.85.