For this issue of Stylin’ Strings Customs we are showing the cart before the horse. If you are too young to understand that than enjoy the article anyhow. This stick idea came from Trice Crawford from Alexandria Virginia. His brother Witt had given us a Fighter Jet Dye theme to do a month or so before. So in an effort trump his younger brother he wanted us to Unleash the Beast.
Trice wanted to have The Beast written in red on the back of the scoop, yellow eyes from the Jet Theme (yet to be released), and the entire outside of the head covered in hair. Other than the pink and black snakeskin we did, this was by far one of the most challenging requests we have ever received.
Dustin knew to pull this off it would take over 700 strands of hair and that was to just cover the outside of the head. You can see here a close up of how tedious of a job this was.
Every face of the outside of the head was covered, even the insides of the sidewalls of the head. The head had to be finished with Black to show the contrast of the brown hair. From 5 feet away you can’t appreciate the fine detail revealed when the sun hits this thing or “Beast”.
This STX Xcalibur was a great base for us to work with all the flat surfaces. This close up also shows the detail work under the right lighting.
Dustin thought this open angle was a great way to capture the infinite teeth & mouth vibe Trice wanted around the entire inside of the head. The over ambitious hair outside may overshadow how difficult it was to get the teeth around the whole inside of the head. The end product looks amazing but the hours on this head tally in the top 5 ever come out of Stylin’ Strings Lax and one of Dustin’s most impressive to date.
The mesh pocket was strung with white Top string & sidewall to flow into the teeth. The all red mesh and shooters disappear into the mouth of the dye. After a full season of play “Beasting” on a D-pole at the U-13 level Trice’s dad Tom Crawford followed up with SSLax and said Trice loves his stick. Stay tuned for more customs on www.stylinstrings.com and on www.facebook.com/StylinStringsLacrosse