It’s been a very long time since I have had a spray gun in my hand. I have been holding a machine for the past thirteen years, a tattoo machine ( dear God please do not call it a gun ). After thirteen years away from any serious airbrushing I picked up my gun at the start of October 2017.
And I haven’t put it down since.
Finally, out of the blue, my passion for custom paint has returned with a vengeance.
I started custom painting in the late eighties, I raced motocross at the time so I painted motocross helmets. At the time there were only a couple of people doing this in the U.K.
Back then there were no websites or internet to show you wares. Work came purely through word of mouth, if you wanted to get the referrals then you needed to turn out the best work with the best finish over the top of it. There was no vinyl. Lettering was cut by hand or applied by brush, it was that simple. When a helmet was painted then it was painted, we didn’t use stickers we used paint….. through an airbrush.
So fast forward to 2017 and I will be painting a few helmets the “old fashioned” way hopefully with a modern twist. There will be no vinyl under clear coat, everything will be paint. Yes, I do have a state of the art plotter and all the very latest hardware and software but I would rather use vinyl as a mask to blow paint through instead of disguising it as paint. I don’t use a mask where I can freehand with the airbrush and finally every helmet ( or job for that matter ) that I do is a labour of love.
Currently I am doing a few items for portfolio and display at the various conventions that we go to with our tattoo and piercing work. So I intend to take on my first helmet commissions from December 2017. Yes; this means that I will be able to get at least a couple of helmets painted for Christmas if you’re quick.
I work slightly differently from other helmet painters. If you would like to get a helmet painted by me then you book into my diary and pay a non refundable deposit of £50.00 at time of booking. I will then contact you a week before your paintwork “slot” so that you can send me the item that needs painting OR if you are purchasing the item from me ( we intend to sell the crash helmets through the site) then we ask you to then purchase your item so that I can paint it.
IF WE CANNOT CONTACT YOU, RECEIVE THE ITEM FOR PAINT OR PAYMENT FOR THE ITEM THEN YOUR DEPOSIT WILL BE LOST AND I WILL MOVE ON TO THE NEXT CLIENT IN THE DIARY.
Excuse the caps, I need to make this clear upfront. The benefit to you of doing things this way is: you get a two to three week turnaround from sending your item to receiving it back painted. Your item is not hanging around a paint shop for months, you do not have to phone me and chase me daily for updates….. when you send your item you will get a confirmed delivery date in the knowledge that your project is the only paintwork project I am working on during your booked “slot” in the diary.
I only intend to paint in the region of twenty helmets in 2018, this could change but that’s the aim. So if you would like to get booked in for some custom helmet paint then do so earlier rather than later.
Oh and it’s just me doing the work….. including the prep and clear coat…….as the old saying goes “if you want a job done properly…”
Hope to paint for you soon!