Per Ardua Ad Astra - David Aebischer, Winnipeg Jets, NHL, 2011
David about the design:
David Aebischer´s Winnipeg Jets mask was very exciting to create, a tribute to the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Aces of WW2. The design has a lot of meanings and messages, so many details that some you cannot see on the photos, only when you see it live. I love to incorporate a lot of details and stories into the designs.
On one side it is a tribute painting to the Canadian Ace Wilbert Dodd from the WW2. I painted his plane flying over the mountains in Winnipeg Jets blue colors, with the The Royal Canadian Air Force logo.
The other side is painted to look like an old school fighter plane with the metal surface, with a babe painted on it, just like it used to be. And this babe is very special, as you can see she have a spear, a shield with the Swiss flag, and braided hair. She is Helvetia, a Swiss national figure.
Around the chin is the latin phrase from the Air Force logo, "Per Ardua Ad Astra", that is also the name of this mask design. It means "Through adversity to the stars", and that phrase inspired the whole artwork. From the front the graphic lines on the top shapes the letter V, the sign of Victory and the sign Churchill showed when WW2 was won.
These are just some of all the details in this very detailed artwork.