Pekka Rinne pays tribute to Nashville with new mask
Finnish goaltender Pekka Rinne is no stranger to masks created by Swedish artist David Gunnarsson; he’s worn them for years.
Traditionally, though, Rinne’s mask has focused on the Predators portion of the team name. Gorgeous designs with fierce, sabre-toothed cats and fiery monsters have long graced the planes of Rinne’s masks over the years.
Now, though, he and Gunnarsson have made a bit of a shift; on his new mask, the focus is instead on Nashville as a city.
Per Gunnarsson, the design is part of a new series he’s been working on, with easily identifiable team-related designs in FX 3D paint overlaid on sketched backgrounds paying homage to the region the team plays in.
This one is no different; with the bright designs in Predators colors easy to spot from a distance, the sketched Nashville details make up the details of the mask only truly visible from up close.
Some of the sketched details are easy to identify just from walking the streets of Nashville. The Parthenon and the “Batman Building” are both featured on one side of the mask, with the part of lower Broadway best known for its bar scene present as well.
There are also some Predators-specific sketches, though, marrying the city and the team in the underlaid designs directly drawn onto the mask.
There’s the Best Buddies logo, which pays tribute to the charity that Rinne is involved in and that former head coach Barry Trotz gave so much of his time and effort to.
There’s also the alternate logo for the team, which is based on the Tennesse state flag. There’s even the fact that Bridgestone Arena is visible from the part of lower Broadway featured on the mask.
“It was a great pleasure and honor to create Pekka Rinne’s tribute mask to the city of Nashville,” said Gunnarsson.