Vote Now: Bell Blank Canvas Contest

Jul 22, 2013 at 16:30
by Mike Kazimer  
There were hundreds of entries into the Bell Blank Canvas contest, but with Crankworx fast approaching it's time to choose the finalists, and the ultimate winner. The entries have been narrowed down to the eleven designs shown below - look them over, and vote for the one you think Mick Hannah should race in at Crankworx. The top five contestants will receive a Bell Full-9, but only one winner will get to see their design painted, worn and raced by Mick at Crankworx. Mick, Bell and Pinkbike will make the ultimate call on which one he races in.

Check out the 11 finalists (shown in no particular order) and let us know which one should be the winning design.

1. kinlodesigns
So I spent my time designing the best I could for Sik Mik. Hope you like it



2. brajal
Inspired by the little brother Super one of my favorite helmet designs this graphics are a contemporary geometric approach clean and simple but original and catchy. It s name is Hexanine a combination of hexagon and nine from Fullnine product name. I ve produced 3 color variations with future production in mind two random trend colors and a team scheme color for Mick. Thanks Pedro Brajal



3. BeamerGER
... dedicated this design to my kids and of course to Mick... - If you like this design and want it to decorate Mick s head please add it to your favorites. THANKS



4. epavichthesavage
So Pinkbike. After many many hours of blood sweat and tears computer crashes will do that to you I ve completed my humble entry into this contest. BELL Full 9 - Crankworx Edition. This idea is a long running idea that I had previously made up for TLD in 2008 to no success. This time around I hope things will be different. EVERYTHING on this helmet was Hand-drawn by myself and it all holds tons of little details so Zoom in guys You won t be able to see everything because PB locks out the resolution ...The idea was Day and Night at Whistler. One in the park one in the mountains. I truly hope you guys like this design I ve made. I had tons of fun making it up.



5. BH22
High gloss paint. Black areas are clear over carbon.



6. LUCANE
Its always important to have a good spirit for racing



7. mougetm
A quick attempt



8. zionsp



9. PaulTohill



10. lincolnturns
Half raw carbon - half Aussie flag and just a little bit o bling for the king. The raw side is the sickness taking over. Go Mick...



11. Sequel
The Bell Full-9 done in a comic book style.



Voting is now closed - stay tuned for Mick and the judges' final decision!




bellhelmets.com


160 Comments

  • 80 6
 Number 4 is ART. Beautiful.
  • 6 2
 kinda close to Rossi with the whole sun/moon thing though...
  • 20 1
 seriously, i would buy that helmet. i had to vote for 10 though since its for mick hannah,
  • 43 0
 Thank you so much man, it's great to see comments like that. Makes my day Smile
I'm glad you like it.
  • 7 0
 Best design ever! Epavich, I would buy a full-9 if I could have your design on it, FTW!
  • 5 0
 Your design is talented and refreshing compared to the majority of graphics out there! Love the design! Got my vote!
  • 6 1
 epavichthesavage needs to win because that helmet design is a piece of art,everything is in the fine details that looks really good Big Grin
  • 6 1
 Pavich has the design I enjoy looking at the most. I hope it's his original drawing/ design, as I prefer it due to the fact that it stands out as unique and imaginative. A lot of the other entries look like cut and paste designs.
  • 9 0
 I didn't copy anyone in the making of this helmet though. I based it off a very very old pencil/crayola drawing I did for TLD back in 2008 lol
www.pinkbike.com/photo/2769807 ..I only modernized it for this contest because it was my favorite helmet design concept back when I was young.
Thanks for the props!
  • 3 0
 Nice work Evan! Perfect for Crankworx.
Anyone else wonder which one Mik likes?
  • 1 0
 I dig it, just think theres too much going on in the presentation. Bigger helmets samples on a simpler background maybe
  • 2 0
 I agree, I might have gone a wee bit over board. I uploaded XL individual samples in my art folder if you're interested.
  • 2 0
 #4 looks awesome, but should have micks name on it somewhere.
  • 4 2
 I think people are forgetting that Mick is wearing it... with that accounted for I have to go with number 1, although it could lose the lightning bolts, it's a bit much. Number 4 is sick but I feel like that kind of design belongs on a ski/snowboard top sheet, not a full-face helmet. I don't know, maybe it's because I think he'd look really weird in it, haha.
  • 3 0
 Nice work epavichthesavage- Depth and took some time. Gets my vote.
  • 2 4
 They should use a silloette of a rad mtb dude sheddin some gnar on a wild mountain trail kicking up dirt with his bad to the bone downhill machine mayn.
  • 5 2
 @ Scott Townes, I agree. Mick doesn't need to have his name on his lid. He and everyone else knows who's on the course. Besides, it's on the back of his shirt. As for choosing number one as the preferred helmet- I have to question whether anything on that design was actually created by the " artist". Every element, the lightning, flag, flames, checkered flag, dragon, looks like it was just stuck together on the helmet. Never mind that the fire? That goes behind the name on the back is going up the back of the helmet- which is the wrong way. I would be happy to be wrong about the idea that he didn't actually draw the dragon, flag, etc. but they look very familiar.
The winning helmet should be an original design. Number four is the most original.
In fact, looking at all of them once more, it's the only original design.
  • 5 0
 This one should seriously be in here...

www.pinkbike.com/photo/9818875
  • 3 0
 ^ it isn't, because after all, choice was based on favs. Top five is quite clear here, 1,2,4,10,11. And i have no idea, how da hell no 9 is on the list.
  • 3 1
 Whilst 4 is indeed a fantastic work of art and as shown is a beautiful helmet, it is too 'busy' for a professional rider as he needs to have his other sponsor logos on it too, and the addition of these would spoil the design entirely which is a major shame Frown .
  • 2 0
 i want to vote all of the above
  • 3 2
 I wouldn't ride with number four... It may be a nice design, but not for a helmet... Except for a kid!
N°8 is just so so nice... (even with different colours!)
  • 2 1
 #4 is canadian not great Britain. it should represent him not the maker
  • 3 0
 Hannah is from Australia though. I wanted this helmet Crankworx themed. Therefore..Canadian themed slightly. I'm not trying to rep myself, believe me.
  • 4 10
flag digthemlows (Jul 23, 2013 at 13:52) (Below Threshold)
 #4 is terrible, wtf, why are people liking this one..............it doesn't make sense, the colors are awful.................oh well, maybe since I'm over 40 I don't get it........
  • 2 3
 whTEVER make it all around and flashy not themed for one race
  • 4 3
 What does this yin/yang, night/day, design have to do with Mick Hannah? Surely there should be some sort of reference to the rider?
  • 41 2
 brajal is maybe not the best art work, but the simplicity and design is absolutely sick! Would definitely buy it if it was for retail!
  • 18 0
 +1. Please make it to production!
  • 11 0
 Got to agree, #2 is interesting, unique, clever, and looks like a production design. Got my vote.
  • 1 2
 Bell make the top 3 rated designs just take out MICK Hannah and i would buy them in a flash
  • 2 0
 Dig the robo look of number 2. It's like a mix of tron and halo styling
  • 3 0
 That's the artwork suiting the best the Full9 in this selection, with no doubt !
  • 9 0
 I just bought a bell9, How do I get Brajals desighn on it?!?!?!
  • 2 0
 Would buy the brajal helmet in an instant. The design is simple and awesome with the perfect color combination.
  • 1 0
 One for me too!
  • 6 0
 Thanks for you comments guys ! The idea here was to make something that works for the inviroment that was made for... fast, ,futuristic, cams catchy, that can be sheen from the hills! Thanks!
  • 1 0
 Definitely got my vote as well. Take off the "Sik Mik" and I would totally buy it.
  • 13 0
 Answer: Number 11. Sequel
  • 1 0
 Yes! I love it, looks like Roy Lichtenstein designed a helmet, awesome.
  • 9 0
 number 4. stellar design!
  • 6 0
 Might be for Mick but at the end of the day if it goes into production and retail sale number 4 all the way, actually probably buy it and then not want to ride in it, risk it would get scratched would be horrible ha.
  • 9 0
 #4 is the best hands down. I would buy that in a heartbeat!
  • 11 3
 How is that comic one not on here? HOW!?
  • 1 0
 It's up now
  • 4 0
 How did we get to this 11 then pinkbike? In the competition ad you said winners would be chosen by pinkbike viewers, there's way more than 11 entries so how have we ended up only being able to chose from these ones?!?!?!?!?!
  • 7 0
 Ya! Where's the crayon drawing on newsprint that I sent in?!
  • 3 0
 So at the sake of sounding disgruntled, (like a couple people have been accused of) I also didn't understand the rules (amd the judging) of the contested.

My designes were for a particular racer, Which I thought the contest was supposed to be about.

My designs factored in his team colors, showcased his sponsors, his loyalty to his country, his boys and his beliefs. The designs also took into account the gogles that he typically wears. They also included an icon or lable of his nick name or the cartoon likeness. One of my designs also featured pink bike and the crank works event logos.

I wish there was no mention of a particular racer or even the event. Just a "creat a cool painting that just happens to be on a 3-D object." I would have approached it differently.
  • 1 0
 aleady told u how i feel bad for u regarding the time you spent to create several designs
  • 1 0
 Thanks again. Have a good day. See you on the forum soon. Respects, David
  • 8 2
 The only one I like is #2
  • 3 1
 I like the look of #2, but I feel like it was designed specifically for the 2D helmet graphic provided in the contest. The 3D rendering isn't as powerful as the orthographic views, and almost any angle it's viewed at will break the lines from helmet to visor. I'd love to see a version where the hex lines up a bit more with the flow of the helmet's jawline.
  • 5 3
 Questions that matter before voting :
- How does the helmet looks like with google strap ?
- Does it match with Mick's jersey ?
- What the design looks like if you look at it from far or when the rider is full speed ?
- Is it possible to paint it with airbrush without get an ugly/approximative result?

One of your favourite rider gonna wear it, just think about it...
  • 1 0
 "Is it possible to paint it with airbrush without get an ugly/approximative result?"

There are almost no limits with airbrush work if the painter is a good one, and that should be OK in this case...

Check for example what Airtrix does : www.airtrix.com/custom-paint/helmets/stephen+weller%2C+hippy+helmet.
  • 1 0
 i don't doubt about the ability of a good painter to perform all the design, i just say that there is some "flat" designs which have to be redrawn (and not just scaled) for a spherical support
  • 1 0
 Sure, but it's not like if it was in order to make decals for production ! Smile
  • 4 0
 zionsp has such a sweet moto style design, but epavichthesavage is so crazy! Tough choice. Good luck to all the finalists.
  • 3 0
 several minutes ago i saw 10 candidates, but there are one another candidate..is it special or something???

i don't know if the judges can be interrupted..
  • 2 0
 yeahh.. agreed!
  • 4 0
 WHERE IS THE VOTE FOR ALL BUTTON?!?
I would love to be able to get the first 2
  • 3 0
 #2! I like to stick to the simple but really effective colouring.. Defs a sick design! My problem with #4 is what kit would match that design? Still an amazing design though!
  • 1 0
 evan man i am so stoked on how you are doing in this contest you have been threw some rough stuff lately man and if you win this you totally deserve it dude!!!!!! cant wait for you to be able to get back on your bike dude good luck!!!!!!!!
  • 2 1
 f*ck CROWD SOURCING! every time you "so-called designers" lower yourselves to compete for your designs, it simply takes the power out of our hands and puts it into the pockets of some fat cat bigwig at these already large companies. Have pride in your work, stand by your scruples, and morals, and do not lower what you do to begging for scraps.
  • 6 2
 There were better ones than these.
  • 4 3
 I agree. Like mine.
  • 3 3
 Yeah, no offense, but I can't deal with these. Busy as hell.
  • 1 0
 did you not see some of the entries the other day? Now they were busy- some of these look rad IMO
  • 1 0
 Just an opinion, and yeah, I saw some the other day I thought I would rather wear than these that were not as busy. I like a simple design.
  • 2 0
 I'm with ya buddy- I'd go for BH22 out of the above. I'm dying to buy a TLD D3 but none of the designs (currently available!) are inspiring enough to part with such a heap of cash.
  • 4 0
 Kinlodesigns by far I have a good taste!!!
  • 3 0
 Had to vote for #1 Like the dragon . Mick gets you in his sight and he can strike at anytime, your done Sik Mick Wins!!!
  • 3 0
 4 or 10?!?! And anyone else thinks #5 looks kinda like a mexican wrestlers mask? Especially from the back view.
  • 2 0
 Its wrastler!!
  • 1 0
 lol funny! I think#10 would fit mik. 2 sides to every story! Hope to see it at the workx of CRANK!!!!!!!
  • 4 0
 lots of good ones here, but i'm going with #11...
  • 3 0
 Does no one like #7. Its simple yet looks fast! I would choose between #7 and #10. They just look more professional IMO.
  • 2 0
 I voted for #7 due to its clean graphics and its patriotism. Makes more sense to me for a pro to run that over something with dragons or whatever.
  • 2 0
 just need to thanks you both
  • 2 0
 #4 doesnt look like a race helmet but thats probably why i like it so much. Very interesting artwork. Well executed my friend
  • 2 0
 I think number 4 is the best option and is designed as a model. And if it is put on sale will be the best buy in the world.
Wink
  • 6 2
 VOTE BRAJAL !!!
  • 4 0
 #4 is so good.
  • 4 0
 #10
  • 3 0
 ^ Yep. Love no. 10. Hope this one wins!
  • 1 0
 10 for the win
  • 3 0
 I really dig #9...the color scheme is rad!
  • 1 0
 Thanks!
  • 3 0
 first and seventh art concept
  • 3 0
 hate to say this but.. how come that no.9 be on the top 11 list?..
  • 3 0
 He's got more friends than you on pinkbike, that's all !
  • 2 0
 So these 11 entries are not picked based on design quality....?
  • 8 0
 I'm just curious, why 11? why not 15 or 20? And the gap between for example no.4 and no.9 is massive in all possible way. Where is this? www.pinkbike.com/photo/9849398 or this
www.pinkbike.com/photo/9779983 or this
www.pinkbike.com/photo/9775450 or this
www.pinkbike.com/photo/9857540
And many more. Are u fckin kidding?!
  • 2 0
 Hey Rolas, thanks that you like some of my designs. But other people have more friends or fake accounts to add the other helmets to their favorites.
  • 4 0
 Selection method is wrong, all these (every single entry) designs were made for Mick, he should have reviewed them and have been the only judge, chosing a winner (being in agreement with Airtrix who will take care of the paint) and 5 challengers, and that's all. Some designs he could have liked will never make it to Mick this way... But then again, these are the rules I guess ! Smile
  • 1 0
 Jep, these are the rules.
  • 5 0
 every contest that based on public vote (likes, views or fav) always end with this kind of issues.. there's a tonne of others awesome design submitted.. Frown
  • 2 1
 @holdedolde you can t talk abouts cheating with fake account, my design and some others have only a few views and more less faves... I disagree with a part of the selection too, but i don t think it was based on views / comment / faves. KRVZ is right, it would be cool to have the mick short list of his favourites... But just remember, when we discuss about design, every judgement is subjective.
  • 1 0
 Totally agree with Rolas. The last one rolas listed is very nice.
  • 1 0
 i just can't wait for the final product.. hope it'll be something wearable.. for mick and others.. Wink
  • 1 0
 You are right. Your design don't have so much views or favs. The selection must base on some other things.
  • 4 0
 Number 1
  • 1 0
 Number 4 all the others look like tired old Troy Lee or Fox graphics epicthesavage has created something truly original,artistic and something I'd love to buy
  • 1 0
 A little aside : found the new painting for Sam Blenkinsop's helmet :

www.pinkbike.com/u/black-ghost/album/Sam-Blenkinsops-helmet-by-linkmx-graphic
  • 2 0
 Kinda disapointing when other lids get picked that have nothing to do with Mick or Crankworx over other designs that do.
  • 1 0
 i go with #3
BeamerGER and BH22 apparently are the only designers to think about the goggle strap not covering the Bell logo or a vital part of their design!
  • 1 0
 Thank God for that- the designs they put up the other day looks like they'd be drawn by retards. Some of these are amazing. I wish TLD would do something like this!
  • 2 0
 cant beleive that savage is in the lead! dont get me wrong its awesome art work but its not a cool lid gragh!!
  • 1 0
 #4 represents the downhill community and if Bell (or Troy Lee or Fox) commissioned that creative in a helmet I would buy it in a heartbeat.
  • 1 0
 Sequel and Brajal are way more progressive than the other ones, though I feel Brajal has done a timeless and bold design... He has got my vote! GO BRAJAL!
  • 9 7
 Where's the comic book style one!?
  • 1 0
 Thanks!
  • 2 0
 #4 has some sick artwork, but my vote goes to my buddy Kin's design
  • 3 0
 #1
  • 2 0
 I would say something but I would be hated on. The best of the worst is 8.
  • 2 1
 In all truthfulness I think this is pretty dumb, but I voted for the prettiest anyway.
  • 2 0
 #4 got my vote. I want that helmet.
  • 2 0
 Where are my dragons?!?! Oh, they're on Mick's helmet. Cool.
  • 1 0
 lmao !
  • 3 5
 Ok, let me say this...

- 1,3,7,10 it's all the same (shit) flag idea! what's wrong with you???

- 6 and 11 is stollen graphic design from the web!

- 8 ok, but it's a f*ckin' tricycle?!?!

- 9... are you f*ckin' kidding me??? what is this bullshit???
  • 3 0
 You can't say the flag idea is shit... Ok, it's all the same, but Mick Hannah is Australian, so that's no big deal ! Does it stands out of the crowd ? No for sure, but once more you can't say that's shit either because the graphic executions are very well done (except a kangaroo's head that almost looks like an angry donkey's head...).

If you say some graphics are stolen from the web, then you should at least prove it... 11 Is Roy Lichtenstein's work like, wich is simply a cartoon style, so except if the images are carbon copies or very very close to someones' else work, you can't say that's stolen.

Yes, it's seems to be a tricycle mx on 8, I don't understand very well either whats the link with Mick...

Yes, 9 is surprising here... But then again, selection was about favorites, so that follows the rules.

I'm pretty sure you're upset because you didn't make it to the finals, I also would have liked to get there, but won't be upset cause it's sort of a game, sometimes you win, sometimes you loose. And that's it !
  • 2 1
 @KRVZ you're being too nice, this guy seems a right nob that's too full of himself to appreciate anyone else's work other than his own. All of these designs are brilliant and I think it will be a close competition. syncroneyz, Go have your paddy away from the keyboard please...
  • 1 0
 Well said KRVZ. Also as the guy who designed #11 I can assure you all of the artwork, besides the Bell logo, was made from scratch by me in Illustrator. Obviously it was inspired by the style of comic books and I did use references, but nothing is stolen.
  • 2 1
 Only no2 could become a production helmet. All others are only customs design good for one rider
  • 3 0
 first is the best
  • 1 0
 Let Mick decide, because it's obvious the chimps are voting for the wrong ones so far!
  • 1 0
 voted 4 because its very different to what you normally see...they are all good apart from the gold one..
  • 1 0
 Have to go #3, looks so clean and just perfect.
  • 3 0
 I voted for the blank canvas helmet.
  • 1 0
 Number 10 for sure it's got Mik written all over it literally lol
  • 1 0
 If us ask me...1st is brajal 2nd epavichthesavage 3rd Sequel
  • 1 0
 My vote is for #2, 4 or 8
  • 2 0
 went with 15
  • 2 0
 PaulTohill!!
  • 1 0
 epic is epic, no more, no less. best design here is 4.
  • 2 0
 Mick for the win!
  • 1 0
 He's gonna win the Worlds.
  • 1 0
 Epavich what you made! Down right savage design!
  • 2 0
 #2 Brajal rules...
  • 1 0
 : ) obrigado!
  • 1 0
 number 4 pucker job!!! a lot of thought has gone into that!
  • 1 0
 #10 is the one I would buy.
  • 1 0
 4?!?! seriusly?? no please!!
  • 1 0
 #10 gets er done! 2 sides to every story. Hope to see mik wearing this.
  • 1 0
 Damn, they they should just make all of them!
  • 1 0
 Number 1 is Number 1! Kin Lo for the win, in my opinion.
  • 1 0
 go #10
  • 1 0
 Go the Roo...
  • 1 0
 10 for me
  • 1 0
 #4. end.
  • 1 0
 Brajal Brajal Brajal
  • 1 0
 : ) obrigado ma men!
  • 1 0
 Not the brown one
  • 1 0
 number 2 - Brajal FTW!
  • 1 0
 : ) obrigado!
  • 1 0
 10
  • 1 0
 no.8 that is all

Post a Comment



You must login to Pinkbike.
Don't have an account? Sign up

Join Pinkbike  Login
Copyright © 2000 - 2020. Pinkbike.com. All rights reserved.
dv65 0.020188
Mobile Version of Website