In 2013, Austin, Texas’ Parks and Recreation Department launched its Roving Leaders outreach program, which provides activities and services for kids in underserved communities. As part of the program, the department planned to outfit a trailer with an assortment of toys and activities, such as Xboxes and Wiis, and tow it with a dually truck to playgrounds and other sites around the city. They designed graphics for the truck and the trailer and selected Austin Extreme Graphics (www.vehiclewrapsaustintexas.com) to print and install them.
Perception Wide Format Media (www.perceptionwf.com) has released a repositionable wall graphic fabric made of 100 percent-recycled water bottles.
Photofab Eco-Ultra is designed for in-home and P-O-P graphics, decals, and wall murals.
CET Color (www.cetcolor.com) has introduced the Q5 series, a line of UV flatbed and hybrid printing presses. The series includes Ricoh Gen5 printheads, which feature grayscale printing with 600 dpi resolution, and an automatic height detection system that calibrates printhead distance for dot placement and image quality for varying media heights. An optional static suppression kit is available. Color configurations offered include CMYK + White and CMYKx2 + White. Max. print speeds range from 400 to 1152 sq ft/hr.
Most businesses employ a vehicle wrap as a rolling billboard to promote their identity. For entrepreneurs with a food truck, the wrap is their identity.
“A food truck wrap really defines the business,” says Brett Brands, owner of Brands Imaging (www.brandsimaging.com) in Philadelphia. He’s done more than 30 to date and expects to wrap another dozen this year.
Pantone has announced Pantone 18-1438 Marsala as the color of the year for 2015. Influences from around the world, including the fashion and entertainment industries, art, popular travel destinations, technology, sports, and more, guided the selection process.
Presto Tape has added to its PaperTac line of adhesive-backed wallcovering papers. PaperTac #328, like #329, is a 6-mil removable and repositionable paper designed for use in surface graphics, wall murals, or in place of traditional wallpaper. #328 is now compatible with solvent and eco-solvent inks as well as UV and latex. According to the company, PaperTac will not peel paint or damage walls.
Drytac has introduced JM63 Fuzion XD roll-to-roll laminator, designed for laminating vehicle wraps, creating window decals, and mounting graphics to substrates. Max. laminating width is 63 in. with a max. laminating speed of 20 ft/min.
Features include top roller with heat assist, nip pressure indicator, fold down front table, “hold-flat” paper in-feed guide, built-in flip-open storage compartments, non-stick silicone rollers, and more.
1. Nashville │ A life-size, digitally printed replica of Taylor Swift’s tour bus is now housed in the Country Music Hall of Fame, which commissioned 12-Point SignWorks (www.12pointsignworks.com) and 1220 Exhibits for the project. The bus was installed two-and-a-half days with 3M Scotchcal Graphic Film with Comply Adhesive IJ35C-20 Matte White. Installers had just two feet of space between the building wall and the bus.
Eight years ago, bluemedia’s president, Jared Smith, had never heard of plagiocephaly. Chances are, most of you reading this right now won’t know what it is either. The term came up in a meeting with a longtime client while discussing vehicle wraps. The customer remarked that a vinyl vehicle wrap like the one he was getting would look “so cool” on his son’s DOC Band. Intrigued, Smith asked what that device was.
The idea for the Find a Cure theme car started with its owner, Trevor Nishihira, who runs the Behind The Wheel auto wheel repair shop in Burlingame, California. An auto enthusiast, Nishihira is also good friends with Shareef Khan, owner of the SS Customs (www.sscamerica.com) a car aesthetic and performance enhancement shop that specializes in vehicle wraps, among other treatments.