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Islanders Gibson Creates ‘Fanatic’ Character For Masks

chris-gibson-close-up-right-side New York Islanders goalie Christopher Gibson wanted to create a new character for his masks, something the evoked strength, according to his Quebec-based artist Sylvie Poitras of Airbrush Zap.

The problem was all the good, stereotypically assertive-looking animals have been used before. But when Gibson visited Poitras at her shop, Atelier, and said he liked a character in one of her illustrations, they had their answer.

“He said I would like to have him,” Poitras, who started painting masks for Gibson when he was still in junior, explained with a laugh. “He looks like a real fanatic.”

So without further explanation, we introduce: “Crazy Bobby G,” the tough-looking, sunglass-wearing character that will adorn all of Gibson’s future masks.

“I don’t know if that name will stay but the character will be on his future masks design,” said Poitras, who blended the new guy nicely into a mixture of Islanders logos on each side of the mask.

Gibson’s nickname is on the chin, and along the back edge of the top are the words “Dream a dream, make it a great dream and dream it greatly,” a regular feature that Gibson explained in an InGoal article about one of his earlier masks painted by Poitras:

[It] comes from my year at Notre Dame (Athol Murray College of Notre Dame). It stuck with me and ever since then it has been on every mask that I have had. It reminds me that I have one of the best jobs in the world and it keeps my eye set on my dream.
Poitras has a pretty good job herself, having painted masks for the likes of Martin Brodeur and Shannon Szabados, as well as a beautiful tribute to Felix Potvin for Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Antoine Bibeau that was recently featured at InGoal. You can check out more of her work at Airbrush Zap’s website, or by following her on Twitter, but in the meantime enjoy more close ups of Gibson’s new mask:

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  1. ANTHONY

    Well great mask, but a shame she used the old logo with the 3 pieces of stick tape. The current logo has 4 pieces of tape to represent the four cups.