the-mascot-project

First up in the Cute-ify NHL Mascots project (since I’m going in alphabetical order by city/state) is the Anaheim Ducks’ mascot, Wild Wing.

When I posted him on Twitter, I got a lot of the same reaction from Ducks fans: he looks mean. And, well, he does – or, more accurately, his mask does. But if his mask didn’t look mean, I don’t think he’d be Wild Wing.

I assure you that he is very cute underneath the mean hockey mask.

See the other mascots here:

Anaheim Ducks | Arizona Coyotes | Boston Bruins | Buffalo Sabres | Calgary Flames | Carolina Hurricanes | Chicago Blackhawks | Colorado Avalanche | Columbus Blue Jackets | Dallas Stars | Detroit Red Wings | Edmonton Oilers

Whether or not Gustine High meant any offense still does not change the fact the term is offensive. As leaders of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, a tribe in northern California, said in a letter to lawmakers, “There doesn’t have to be a racist intent to produce a racist outcome.”

Many others feel that the time has come to stop using these disrespectful team names; in fact, some schools throughout America have even ceased using these mascots on their own, without needing a bill to prompt them to do so.  

Seeing as California holds the country’s largest Native American population, it only seems right that California’s schools should likewise pay proper respect to the Native people and Native culture.

Sigh...

Received an email from a faculty member at my school, requesting illustration help for a mascot project. Basically, someone reached out to the school for an illustrator, but they are offering no pay and the deadline is June 6th. In the email, which went to illustration students and teachers, the faculty member suggests that perhaps this could double as a class project.

Because they know that no one wants to do free work, so let’s force them to do it for a grade.

I am so glad that I’m almost done. Starting my final semester today. I can’t even put into words how disappointed and angry this email makes me. Good fucking lord, man.

The latest subject of the Cute-ify NHL Mascots project is the Chicago Blackhawks’ mascot, Tommy Hawk. I have nothing to say about Tommy Hawk because I see him around all the time, and he might try to eat my head if I say anything bad about him.

See the other mascots here:

Anaheim Ducks | Arizona Coyotes | Boston Bruins | Buffalo Sabres | Calgary Flames | Carolina Hurricanes | Chicago Blackhawks | Colorado Avalanche | Columbus Blue Jackets | Dallas Stars | Detroit Red Wings | Edmonton Oilers

Although many claim that mascots like the “Redskins” honor Native Americans, a new study showed that mascots based on Native Americans in fact only enforce negative stereotypes. Wendy Quinton, a clinical assistant professor of psychology at the University of Buffalo, states,

“Studies show that regardless of their intention, these mascots do not honor American Indians, but instead bring to mind negative thoughts associated with them as a group of people. Furthermore, other studies with mostly white samples have found that people exposed to American Indian mascots are more likely to negatively stereotype other ethnic groups as well.”

The Cute-ify NHL Mascots project turns its attention to the Buffalo Sabres’ mascot, Sabretooth. He kinda looks like a prehistoric Hello Kitty, except with 1000% more gold and blue.

See the other mascots here:

Anaheim Ducks | Arizona Coyotes | Boston Bruins | Buffalo Sabres | Calgary Flames | Carolina Hurricanes | Chicago Blackhawks | Colorado Avalanche | Columbus Blue Jackets | Dallas Stars | Detroit Red Wings | Edmonton Oilers

The subject for Cute-ify NHL Mascots project for today is the Detroit Red Wings’ mascot, Al the Octopus.

Now, Al is a special case for a mascot – he doesn’t walk around or do birthday parties or anything like that. He just hangs out in the rafters of Joe Louis Arena during the playoffs, looking threatening. Therefore, all I really needed to do was create a simple octopus design which still cracks me up every time I look at it.

See the other mascots here:

Anaheim Ducks | Arizona Coyotes | Boston Bruins | Buffalo Sabres | Calgary Flames | Carolina Hurricanes | Chicago Blackhawks | Colorado Avalanche | Columbus Blue Jackets | Dallas Stars | Detroit Red Wings | Edmonton Oilers