Predator Hockey Mask Design Contest- Pekka Rinne as “PREDA RINNE”

Well, the Nashville Predators posted the finalists’ designs for the “Design Pekka’s Mask” Contest…and mine didn’t make the cut. The contest was for fans to design a new goalie mask for their star goaltender Pekka Rinne (pronounced “PECK-ah REEN-eh) . The winning design will be painted by airbrush artist David Gunnarsson on a mask that Pekka will wear in a game- which the winner of the contest will get to keep! How cool is that?!

I went with a movie “Predator” look for the sides/front, and a their saber-tooth mascot GNASH as a “Preda Rinne” on the back.

I added the Preds new cat head logo and “NASHVILLE” to some Predator arm/wrist blades on the right side…

…and their guitar pick logo and “PREDATORS” to the left side. In hind sight I should have flipped the sides so “Nashville Predators” would read right when worn- D’oh! Good thing I don’t design race-car layouts NASCAR

For the back I put their logo on the ice with a few skate blade marks, a spotlight overhead, Finland’s flag (Pekka’s from Kempele, Finland) in the background, Pekka’s  nickname “PEKS” and #35 in a digital font (like the Predator’s wrist detonator), a shoulder cannon with lasers shooting three stars from the TN state flag and “3 stars of the game” (which Pekka is frequently one of), new gold colored jersey, some Predator blades on his pads, a dangerous looking goalie stick in one hand, an alien GNASH Predator goalie mask with their “NP” logo, and topped it off with some “pred dreads“.

Thanks to my wife Nicki for the info and advice on Pekka Rinne and his past helmets. You can see some of those and other amazing NHL goalie masks at The contest’s final 5 designs can be seen here.

I didn’t win or make it to the finals, but I did have a fun time working on it. Nicki said entering the contest won me brownie points with her. Her favorite NHL team are the Preds.

Mine, too- go Preds!



Lin has been an artist and screen printer in the t-shirt industry for over 25 years and was a graphic artist designing monuments for 5 years. Lin is the creator of the web-comic Scared Silly and was co-creator of the self-published comic book series Bushi Tales (with Pencil Neck Studios partner Dave Beaty). He currently runs a geek travel blog and cartoon site- Lin has also done his fair share of freelance art for clients such as Coca-Cola, the Memphis Riverkings (CHL), Topps, Kevin Paige (CD cover art), 96X, and Rock103.. Lin has done mural work for Pancho’s, McDonald’s and Fitzgerald’s Casino, and his artwork has also appeared in The Memphis Flyer, Commercial Appeal, Airbrush Action Magazine, Amazing Figure Modeler, Stargodz (comic book with Conquest Studios), on Rock103 (Wake Up Crew web comic) and The Outdoor Channel’s websites, the MSCA (Mid-South Cartoonists Association) comics It Came From Beneath The Drawing Board and Overdrawn and Underwritten, in author Christa Michael’s first book – Ramblings With Redde: Why Does My Life Seem Like A Bad “B” Flick?, and Comic Geek Speak’s CGS:The End comic. Lin was a volunteer for the Memphis Ronald McDonald House, and an artist and scare-crew member for the Haunted Web Of Horrors charity haunted house (which benefited Youth Villages). He was named the Memphis Ronald McDonald House’s Special Events Volunteer of the Year in 2001, and again with RMH ‘A-Team’ and Nightmarez/ co-horts Patrick French and Todd Patton in 2002. He was awarded the “Superman Of Metropolis” award as a guest artist at the 2005 Metropolis Superman Celebration, and was the Artist Guest Of Honor at ShadowconXIII in 2009 and in 2012. He has also won two M.A.R.S. (Memphis Area Radio Stations) awards for writing and voicing radio commercials, and was awarded a 2012 President’s Volunteer Service Award by Volunteer Northwest Mississippi, a volunteer center of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, in conjunction with the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and the Corporation for National & Community Service. Lin served as the President and Vice-President of the Mid-South Cartoonists Association (MSCA) for 4 years and 9 years, respectively. He is currently a member of the MSCA and DeSoto Arts Council in North Mississippi. He is married to Nicki Workman, and has 3 cats- Jarael, Harley Quinn, and Lex.

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