Born in Welland, Ontario, Colin Nun is the man behind the masks at Ironclad Custom Paint.

Colin started playing hockey as a goaltender at the age of 5. He proudly wore a Cooper helmet that his dad painted with a paint marker, depicting Homer Simpson on the neck dangler—it became an instant hit with his teammates.

Colin enjoyed travelling across Ontario and the United States with his family to attend his older brother’s hockey tournaments, hoping to see some cool custom goalie masks. He used this time to refine his artistic gifts in arena lobbies, while waiting for his older brother to exit the dressing room.

During his early adult years, Colin studied Art & Design at Niagara College Canada, where he discovered the art of airbrushing. Colin continued his education at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Upon returning home to Ontario, he attended OCAD University in Toronto, and earned his Bachelor of Design degree in 2009.

After working several years in the design field, Colin decided to try his hand at painting a goalie mask. Later, a friend requested he paint his son’s goalie mask and soon after, he launched Ironclad Custom Paint.

Today, Colin owns and operates Ironclad Custom Paint out of his home studio in St. Catharines, Ontario. Colin takes pride in his design skill and craft in execution, creating one-of-a-kind custom painted pieces that clients will be proud of.

Colin Nun (right) and Don Straus

Colin Nun (right) poses with legendary mask maker and creator of the Armadilla, Don Straus in 2019.