Every once in awhile all of my interests seem to align perfectly; today it’s hockey, American Revolutionary history and zombies. NHL.com is reporting that Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason has teamed up with famed artist Franny Drummond of PaintZoo to design a brand new zombie-themed goalie mask for the upcoming season!
Mason’s new mask will feature a historical-themed zombie invasion of Philadelphia set sometime during the Declaration of Independence. One side will present an undead portrait of Betsy Ross, while the opposite side will have zombie versions of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin; not to mention a whole host of walking dead characters gathered around the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.
“He said, ‘I want horror, but without a horror movie,’ ” Drummond told NHL.com. “He [Mason] said, ‘why don’t we do Ben Franklin as a zombie,’ [and] I said, ‘I guess we could do it.’ I said I’ll do sketches, over the summer we’ll go back and forth over design work, and this is basically what I came up with. Betsy Ross, any historical figures, and taking it and making it into a zombie apocalypse that hit Philadelphia in 1776.”
We’ve embedded the complete video below, so be sure to check it out for an amazing behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Steve Mason’s new zombie-themed goalie mask featuring a number of original sketches and artwork! And stop by NHL.com to read the original article by Adam Kimelman for even more details about the collaboration behind this Philadelphia Flyers masterpiece. (PS- Go Sharks!)