Icelantic has prided itself on coming up with a unique theme for all of their new ski lines each and every year. The annual designs are done by an artist named Travis Parr of Parr Studios. He has consistently created eye-catching designs year in and year out, and I constantly am getting double takes at my Nomads while on the mountain.
In 2010, the year I bought my first pair of Icelantic Nomad skis, the theme was the senses. The Nomads had some sweet graphics on the sense “taste” as it shows a picture of teeth at the top of the nose tips, and some eccentric graphics throughout the rest of the skis. The Shaman has designs revolving around sight and vision, noted by the eyeballs graphics on the skis.
For 2009 – 2010 Icelantic Theme lineup, there was a change from darker colors to a much brighter appearance. The Nomad and Scout actually came in two different color hue options.
The 2008 – 2009 graphics were all about warriors from different cultures and throughout history.
For the 2010 – 2011 themes, Icelantic chose a history of music as their theme. The Da’Nollie used a historical representation of where hip hop came from, showing its roots to African tribes. The Pilgrim paid homage to hippy rock, and shows a guitar on the graphics. The Nomad pays tribute to the blues, almost representative of “Blue Man Group” mixed with the “Blues Brothers.” The Icelantic Shaman ski design has an image of a classical musician, almost reminiscent of Mozart himself.
The 2012 -2013 brought back the colorful designs in a sort of a bird and wing theme.
The designs for the 2012 – 2013 are mostly symmetrical, for those who like the look of similar skis, whereas other years you might have half of the print on one ski, and the other half of the design on the other ski.
What’s up for 2013 – 2014
For the upcoming year, Parr Studios has a limited edition John Denver Nomad ski available. Be sure to check back to http://IcelanticSkis.net later in the year for a recap on the 2013 – 2014 designs!
The designs in all the Icelantic themes can be purchased as prints depending on where you get your skis from. I might also recommend visiting the Icelantic studios and factory in Denver next time you visit! Or you can visit http://Parrstudios.net to learn more about the artist for the Icelantic prints and skis.