Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For some reason, I feel compelled to get that out of the way immediately.
You may like this helmet, and you may hate it. You might think it’s an evolution in form and communication, and you might think it looks like a dog turd wrapped in tinfoil. That’s kind of the way art works, so I’m prepared to deal with the responses, no matter what they are… I think.
I had a decade old Cascade Cpro (it is the helmet that followed the C2), and the face mask was pretty rusted up so I decided to try my hand at an art helmet. We only DESTROY helmets when they simply can’t be used anymore. It’s a matter of principle. I took off the mask (with the intention of putting it back on) and got to work.
The first step was dyeing the helmet shell. Instead of a base white, I wanted a light color to work off. It was kind of like adding some pigment to gesso. I used some tape and stickers to let certain areas go darker, and others lighter. Then I got to inking up the helmet. Paint pens were the way to go here.
When my originality began to seriously fade, my artistic partner took over and finished the helmet up strong with an impressive megalopolis motif running across the back and some geometric/mechanical work on one side.
After we finished gussying up the lid, I put it on my shelf and didn’t think about it for months. As I have handed out more gear this Summer than ever before, my own gear collection has dwindled, and the art helmet popped back into the forefront.
I ditched the old Cascade face mask that was rusted out because I wanted to show the helmet as “new”, even though it’s old, and since I wasn’t painting the mask, replacement was the only way to go. I had an extra Warrior T2 mask laying around, so I stuck it in there with some minor modifications. And it actually looks pretty awesome.
How has that not been done before?
The shiny chrome certainly gives the helmet a pop, and the fact that a Warrior mask is on a Cascade helmet only adds to the immediate sticker shock.
So the question is, now that the original shock has worn off… what do you think? Is this good? Would you wear it? Or should we smash it with a sledgehammer? It’s clearly not as patriotic as the Team Jesse HeadWrapz, but it’s unique!
WARNING: Do NOT do this at home. Painting your helmet, changing the face mask… NONE of it. You will void the manufacturer’s warranty, compromise the design of the helmet and possibly end up hurting yourself. We don’t want that. This is an ART helmet, not meant to be worn or played in. Leave modifying equipment to those that don’t play, and helmets that can’t be worn.