Bolts Bishop Debuts Glowing Tron-Inspired Mask
Don’t adjust your screen: Ben Bishop’s new mask really is glowing in this Tampa Bay Lightning picture celebrating a shutout of the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night:
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) February 28, 2015
Painted by Swedish artist (and noted silver screen enthusiast) David Gunnarsson of DaveArt, and inspired by the movie Tron, Bishop’s new mask even glows in the dark – no, really, it does – when the lights go out:
Gunnarsson, who has a home theatre in his painting studios, called it a “true Tampa Bay Lightning” mask.
“Me and Ben came up with the idea to create a Tampa mask loaded with lightnings, shining as it is made of neon, inspired by the classic movie Tron,” Gunnarsson wrote on his Facebook page. “I made some sketches and a design emerged in front of our eyes. I started to create and paint. I love the challenge to always come up with new design ideas, never stand still, always move forward.”
This mask is a big, bold step forward for the medium, especially since that glowing effect, which Gunarsson calls G.L.O.W Tech FX, isn’t limited to the dark. Bishop’s new mask really does appear to glow on the ice.
Gunnarsson shared this short video on his Instagram page:
And the Tampa Bay Lightning website talked to Bishop, who started the season wearing an old Eddy mask that was never submitted to the NHL for testing, about his new glowing mask in a recent practice report:
The Lightning also produced a great desktop wallpaper shot of the mask that fans can download: