Niko Hovinen: 2012-13
- Designer: Drummond Custom Airbrush
Niko Hovinen, a native of Helsinki, Finland, joined the OKC Barons in late January and only recently received his newly painted mask designed by Drummond Custom Airbrush based in Pennsylvania. OKC fans were able to see the mask for the first time when it debuted on April 21st when Hovinen was in goal that evening to shutout the Houston Aeros 3-0.
Hovinen appreciates American Heavy Metal music without a doubt. His previous mask with the Philadelphia Flyers organization featured Mötley Crüe, and now his new mask with the Oilers Organization carries on this Heavy Metal and Rock theme in a classic black and white color scheme with hints of blue. At first glance the crisp, clean design is a tribute to two famous musicians, Kurt Cobain and Slash, but as you begin to look closer at the overall design there is another underlying theme — that of opposites. The duality of white and black, light and darkness, right and left, and yes, even good and evil — angels and demons. Keep this in mind as you look at each side, right and left. What a brilliant underlying concept to a beautifully executed mask.
Note: Photographs of Hovinen’s Flyers Mask, also designed by Drummond Custom Airbrush, appears at the end of the gallery courtesy of Steven Christy.
Niko Hovinen’s Mask Details:
Mask Left Side: Covering the left side of Hovinen’s mask is a black and white highly detailed portrait of Kurt Cobain, the leader of the group Nirvana the Seattle Grunge Rock band, who committed suicide in 1994. Cobain stares directly at the viewer, intense and serious, starkly portrayed in dark and light.
Mask Right Side: On the right side of the mask is a black and white portrait of Slash, former lead guitarist of Guns and Roses in the 1980’s and 1990’s, holding his guitar. Slash’s mirrored sunglasses reflect people standing in front of him, as he quietly smiles at the viewer.
Mask Front and Top: The top of the mask depicts the OKC Barons Oil Derrick Logo. The front portion of the chin is illustrated with a snake wrapped guitar, and the neck of the guitar blends into the silver grill of the mask.
Chin Details: At each side of the central guitar are two figures — on the left is a female clad in black with horns and wings, and on the right is a female clad in white with feathered wings. The symbolic duality of light and darkness, good and evil, day and night.
Back Plate: On the right of the back plate is the Oilers Oil Drop Logo flanked to the right by Hovinen’s daughter’s name Ella.
Gallery of Photos (Click to Enlarge for details):
OKC Barons Goaltender Mask Series: