The 'retro' themed mask has been done many times over. Steve Shields and Hannu Toivonen immediately come to mind for me.
Pekka Rinne's latest mask takes the retro look and amps it up another level.
A pretty simple concept if you ask me....the old style mask with a monster - a 'predator' - wearing it.
Dave Gunnarsson, the master mask designer at DaveArt, said that when he pitched the idea to Pekka - he loved it. He created the idea with much detail work and 3-D effects, making the mask look like it has been worn in many games and has received its share of beating, with cracks and plasters. A smoking hot design that frightens the opponents.
What I really like about the mask are the eyes. Man do they really pop out. And the placement of them create a really cool effect.
When taking a closer look at the detail of the mask, you can see the time and effort put into the intricacies of the design. Gunnarsson is a master of that.
Take a listen to Pekka talking about his masks (both his current lid and when he got his first painted mask). Like a kid in a candy store.
Overall, a really cool mask - great concept, great design.
4 out of 5.
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