Jose Theodore’s Florida Panthers “Tiki Gargoyle” Mask
Mask artist Dave Gunnarsson has just released the first official photos of Jose Theodore’s “Tiki Gargoyle” mask. The Gargoyle was a personal trademark on Theodore’s helmets, going back to his days in Montreal. With most goaltenders, when they have a personal trademark design it just gets recoloured or repurposed in a new team’s colours. This is a brilliant evolution which recognizes his past but absolutely transforms it for his new home in Florida.
This mask reminds us of one F-X Allaire created for Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo as a nod to British Columbia’s First Nations culture. That helmet was worn in practice but never in a game.
In Gunnarsson’s words:
On this mask it is time for Gargoyles again, I love to paint gargoyles. Jose wanted it in a new unique way with a cool connection to Florida. Karl in my team came up with the idea of Tiki, I made some sketches were I mixed Tikis and Gargoyles, and the design idea was born. Jose loved the sketches and I started the adventure to paint it.
The Burning TikiGargoyles are sitting on each side of the Florida beach in their sand castles, guarding the net. Around this I created a totally action packed Florida design with so many Florida details to discover all over the mask. I love to spend a lot of time just painting details and go crazy on details, and play with metallic effects. Lots of the stuff you can only see when you see the mask live. I remember when I was a kid and watched the TV series Miami Vice, in the intro there were flamingos, so I really wanted that in the design… 🙂
On the chin the mask is transformed into a Tiki Gargoyle mask, turning Jose into one when he put it on his head.