Jax Villarreal was able to help his dad with some of the base painting for the University of Pittsburgh’s new helmets.
Armando Villarreal completed his fifth set of painted collegiate helmets, this latest group for Pitt football. Their rustic look honors Pittsburgh’s steel industry.
Villarreal’s fifth collegiate helmet debuts Saturday
Pitt football will be going for its third win in as many outings Saturday in an ACC clash with Louisville.
While local fans are likely more anxious for Husker games to get underway, they may be interested in the helmets worn by the University of Pittsburgh players as they unveil new uniforms at the game.
Imperial artist Armando Villarreal painted the 149 steel gray helmets debuting with the uniforms this weekend.
The Pitt helmets mark his fifth collegiate painting project, Villarreal said.
“Every project is different,” he said.
“With this one, they had a good idea of what they wanted,” he said.
According to Pitt’s website, the new uniform and helmet pay homage to the city’s steel-working industry. It features a rough metal finish with the new Pitt Panther head on each side. The dark grey jersey has light grey numbers in the new Pitt font with the same rough metal finish.
This marks the first alternate uniform for Pitt since 2016.
Villarreal said he first painted the helmets black, then followed with a dark gray. With rough sandpaper, he scratched over them for a distressed look. He then used a gray paint brush to dab on silver paint for texture.
To complete the look, he spotted them with black and brown paint, the latter to resemble rust.
The panther mascot decal was attached after he returned the helmets.
Only the helmet shells are sent to Imperial, on which Villarreal does his work. After they are painted,
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