Swedish artist David Gunnarsson is often inspired by Hollywood movies while painting masks for NHL goalies, but when it came to a design for Boston Bruins backup Jonas Gustavsson at the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, there was no need for extra flash.
Gunnarsson, who is known to paint while watching action movies in his DaveArt studio, found enough inspiration in the classic lines of the jersey the Bruins will wear in the outdoor game at Gillette Stadium on Jan. 1 against the Montreal Canadiens (1 p.m. ET; NBC, TVA Sports, SN).
"This new design is created in a totally old-school style, inspired from the awesome Winter Classic uniform of Boston Bruins," Gunnarsson, who has worked with Gustavsson since he was a boy, wrote on his Facebook page. "The matte finish fits perfect with the overall theme."
That theme includes the words Boston Bruins sandwiched around the same bear mascot that appears on the forehead of Gustavsson's mask. The words and logo on the jersey are sewn in felt and chenille materials similar to the original Bruins crest in 1924, creating a vintage feel.
Gunarrsson created a similar look on the mask with a textured mix of stripes, logos and snowflakes, with the only personal detail Gustavsson's No. 50 scripted on the chin. Gunarrsson painted the outer edges of the cage gold, blending it into white in the middle so it wouldn't negatively affect Gustavsson's sightlines or the design.
It's a paint job that's meant to feel classic, one that should match the uniform with bright, bold lines and logos that are easily recognizable from a distance, and smaller details that become clearer as you get closer to the mask.