Painthouse Update - Fall 2010

Oct 6, 2010
by Tyler Maine  
Source: Painthouse Customs

It's been a busy season here at Painthouse Customs and I wanted to share a few projects with you from the 2010 season. Here are 4 helmets that I did for Pinkbike.com, Down Cycles and Cove Bikes.

Read on,For this past 2010 race season the guys at Pinkbike asked me to paint two helmets for a couple of their team riders. A classic Giro Remedy for Cam Hilts, and a brand new Fox V3R Carbon helmet for Miranda Miller.





I had recently been developing different kinds of 3d techniques and I decided to utilize one of them for the Pinkbike team helmets. I wanted to create an effect of blowing leafs. I used various sizes of maple leaf shapes to make the layered image. I then incorporated the individual riders sponsors and names into the designs.



What can't be seen in the pictures is that there are heavy gold flakes mixed in within the leafs. I really enjoyed working with the PinkBike crew on these projects and it was great to see these helmets in action at various races and events over the summer.



Good friend and former employer of mine, AJ Picarello, finally contacted me about getting a custom painted helmet for himself. AJ owns and operates an awesome bike shop out of Croton NY, Down Cycles. Down Cycles is not only the place to get bikes for the whole family and top notch mechanic service, but also top of the line custom bikes of all disciplines.



Down Cycles is also the connection for many obscure, small, and custom bike brands. I discovered Down Cycles when I was just a pup searching for a Spooky Metalhead, the original hardcore hardtail. I never did get the Spooky, but I did eventually purchase another dream bike of mine at the time, a Brooklyn Machine Works "Race Link".



Back to the paint. Inspired by one of AJ's favorite cartoons, I created a character for the top of the helmet. I used a beveled edge technique when painting the face and I carried that theme into the rest of the graphics. I finished the project by adding his name on the back and ghosted Down Cycles lettering as well.



After getting to know Cove Bikes' designer and engineer, Brian Kelly, we got to talking paint and turned out he had always wanted a Spider-Man themed helmet painted. I felt like I was the man for the job but I knew if I was going to recreate an iconic image like Spider-Man's suit I'd have to take it to the next level.



The suit has a distinctive brick-like pattern and at first I was thinking I could stretch a fabric over the helmet and then spray through that to get the pattern. But of course that would have been too simple and it quickly became clear that to get the desired effect I would have to hand lay each rectangle so that they would follow the contours of the helmet and the spider web lines, plus radiate from the center of the design. 1400+ individual rectangles later I had my pattern and the painting was taking shape.




For the black background I sprayed a blue metallic that disappears in low lighting and from different angles. To finish it I pinstriped the black webs and then painted the classic Cove logos on each side. I really like the two tone look of this helmet and the added detail really makes it something special up close.



For more pictures, projects, pricing info, and more check out painthousecustoms.com. Any questions or inquiries please email Stacy at painthousecustoms@gmail.com.


47 Comments

  • + 7
 Make a dj style lid cause theese are dope!
  • + 8
 dj one with the pink bike design would be schweet
  • + 5
 how can i order one of these
  • + 2
 that black should be naked carbon fiber
  • + 2
 those paint jobs are sooo sick!
  • + 1
 Holy hell, 1,400 little masks for each of the bricks, that's dedication, yo. Nicely done, they look DOPE! the blowing leaves are really nicely done too.. mad props..
  • + 1
 painthousecustoms.blogspot.com
$450 USD for a Full face... :0
  • + 1
 The character on that Downs Cycles helmet looks like an insane Aku from Samurai Jack.
  • + 3
 450 damn i wish i wasn't poor
  • + 1
 yea i would do it if i found 450 on the ground hahah
  • + 7
 That spider man helmet is bloody awesome! Amazing work!
  • + 2
 Pinkbike Giro Remedy is just exceptionaly great! Multidimensional feeling, great composition and colour balance. Everything looks spot-on on the helmet, architects call it: contextual design Smile
  • + 4
 One of these would make for a killer competition prize . . . hint hint
  • + 2
 oh, I'd like the spiderman helmet))

if only the back black side would be done as in 3-rd part "Enemy in reflection" black suit - it would be really perfect !!
  • + 3
 and i jizzed...in...my pants.
  • + 1
 You're not going to seriously let people wear these are you?

Holy cow! Big Grin

From one artist to another, these are simply fantastic!
  • + 1
 Loving the Spiderman helmet. Now imagine wearing it along with a fitting suit. Wouldn't you feel more like a superhero when taking that next road gap?
  • + 1
 wow I want that first one! :O Are they production model or..are each of them unique?
  • + 2
 First helmet = soooooooo sick!
  • + 2
 how can i get my helmet painted?!
  • + 2
 Stacy Glaser painthousecustoms@gmail.com He did my helmet and is one of the best I've found.

Just email him up, he will paint anything, it's not as expensive as you'd think for basic stuff.
  • + 2
 www.painthousecustoms.blogspot.com
  • + 1
 I must have the spiderman one!! I've got to have it!! Damnit now I gotta call and get my v3r done up!! Bye Bye money.
  • + 2
 i want one!!!
  • + 1
 the canadian one is sick!
  • + 1
 Wow man those are unreal, you got skillz!
  • + 2
 great art
  • + 1
 them lids looks pure waxa!much respect
  • + 1
 yeah Stacy work is even better when you see it person! Good job bro.
  • + 1
 Outstanding! Well done mate, they're world class paintjobs.
  • + 1
 i want the devinci one...! so bad!
  • + 1
 i know aj Big Grin hes an awesome guy and down cycles is an awesome shop
  • + 1
 That maple leaf Pinkbike one is a thing of beauty!
  • + 1
 A-FREAKIN-MAZINGSmile Smile Smile Smile Smile Smile
  • + 1
 Great creativity and execution. The more you look, the more you see.
  • + 1
 Is there someone at Painthouse Customs that can polish my helmet?
  • + 1
 Awesome art skills.
  • + 1
 Marvelous stuff.
  • + 1
 GOOD JOB!
  • + 1
 they are sick
  • - 2
 Whaaat! I just bought a helmet! Looking forward to crash it hard so I can buy one of these!
  • + 2
 They don't sell helmets. They paint helmets. So if you crash on your helmet you'd have to buy another one for them to paint!
  • + 1
 yea i want to give them mine but for them to paint it, it would be just as much as the helmet is worth Razz
  • + 1
 I want to send them mine but it has a matte black finish. Can you paint on top of it or buff it down? I want to get the leaf design thats amazing.
  • + 1
 I don't think it matters what your current finish is, because they strip off all paint and stickers before painting.
  • - 2
 ii realyy wont1 Smile
  • - 2
 Nice but not awesome Smile TLD makes the best paints hands down!

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