I’ve checked out the Colorado Red Hot Buffs blog a couple of times and they do some good stuff over there. I had previously mentioned Colorado player and dye master, Tyler Snyder, in an older post because he had dyed a really sick stick for Brendan Mundorf.
The RHB blog went on to showcase Tyler’s stick closet and it got me thinking; I need to dye more heads and catch up! My only problem is that I usually end up giving the heads away. So let me write a note to self: keep more sticks!
I received some most excellent pictures of some dyed heads from one of our commenters recently and he inspired me to try to take it to the next level. I’ll release some of the other pictures eventually but for now I’ll just let you see one of them… but don’t worry, it’s a good one! Purple, orange, green? Sounds hideous. But it’s not. It’s sweet.
So I decided to step it up with my color game. Enough of this 1 or 2 color nonsense… I need at least 3-4 colors from here on out in my dye jobs. 6-7 is preferable. I’ve tried to deliver on that promise of color in these next two dye jobs and I think I also managed to hit the nail on the head. The first one I did for a kid who plays for Doc’s Lacrosse, which is a youth team based out of New York City.
The team has plaid, yes PLAID, Headstrong uniforms so I knew I needed to include yellow, bright green, white and blue. The thought of doing a plaid dye job was a little confounding at first but I decided to keep it simple on my first go and see how it came out. I think you’ll agree, it worked out just fine although the Navy blue top color could have come out a little truer.
The next stick I did was for myself. I’m greedy like that. I took this older Orange Maverik Bull Head I had already dyed once and decided to BAM! kick it up a notch. I stuck with the plaid theme but when I put the original orange down, I also added O ring stickers for white circles so when I re-dyed the stick, and eventually covered it with a dark top color, these gave great additional detail.
Both sticks came out very well and the Maverik Bull was a pretty good stick to dye. A lot of modern sticks go overboard with grooves and patterns in the plastic, which makes it much harder to apply stickers or tape. The Maverik head is pretty flat and takes up adhesive like a sponge with water. A “Nice job!” goes out to the fellas in Long Island City, NY (which is in Queens, by the way).
A while back, I also dyed up a head for Gavin Petracca, attackman extraordinnaire out of UNC, but evidently he hated it because it’s grey and not Carolina blue. I never saw him use it, so I’m just assuming he hates it. I took some artistic liberties and they weren’t appreciated…. oh well! I tried and personally think the grey checkerboard looks money.
I’ll be back this summer with more dyed heads and if there is interest, we’ll even do a dye contest where we give you sweet stuff, and all because you’re talented with a pot of boiling water and some electrical tape. If you have some dye jobs you want shown off, then email me and if they’re legit they’ll be posted here on LAS!
About the Author: Connor is a life-long lacrosse player who doesn’t know when to give up on the game. He played and coached at Wesleyan University and now plays for the Southampton LC in NYC. Connor lives with his fiance in Brooklyn and thanks her for allowing him to keep the dream alive.
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