Ramo’s New Mask Features Early Tim Burton Horror
Calgary Flames goaltender Karri Ramo is showing off a lighter side of his dark side on his new mask.
Ramo, whose previous lids featured a blood-splattered take on Edgar Allan Poe’s poem The Raven, had painter Jason Livery of HeadStrongGrafx create a more cartoonish type of horror mask featuring images from Tim Burton’s first short film, Vincent, a 1982 black-and-white stop motion horror based on a poem he wrote and voiced by famed actor Vincent Price.
In addition to being pretty good at stopping pucks, it appears Ramo is very up to speed on his horror films and poetry.
According to the Wikipedia page for the six-minute film, there are some tie ins to Poe beyond being based on a poem. In fact, just like Ramo’s last two masks, Vincent also quotes Poe’s The Raven.
According to the page. “Vincent is the story of a seven year old boy, Vincent Malloy … He does experiments on his dog Abercrombie. He is obsessed with the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, and it is his detachment from reality when reading them that leads to his delusions that he is in fact a tortured artist, deprived of the woman he loves, mirroring certain parts of Poe’s The Raven. The film ends with Vincent feeling terrified of being tortured by the going-ons of his make-believe world, quoting The Raven as he falls to the floor in frailty, believing himself to be dead.”
That’s a lot for a goalie mask, but Livery and Ramo continue to pull it off. For more great masks from Livery check out the HeadStrongGrafx website or follow them on Twitter and Facebook. In the meantime check out the rest of Ramo’s new Tim Burton mask below, including a couple of great “in-progress” close ups courtesy of Livery: