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TBT, Bird of Paradise Mural

In 2002 we were commissioned to paint a mural for the CDC El Cajon. We were asked to depict something for the rebirth of downtown El Cajon. The inspiration came to us as the Bird of Paradise, out of the ashes rebirth! It was a fun project that gave us a chance to show off our fine art side and do some airbrushing “in plein air”.

We make a ton of signs, banners, wraps, but this was an opportunity to do something that brought beauty into our world. It was painted in an alley way that people walked when going from a parking lot to the theater. I always imagined it would be a great surprise, turning a corner and being greeted by a colorful mural.

Do you an area that needs a fresh look? Maybe something that uplift your store or neighborhood? Give us a call we’d love to help you out!

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Ribbon cutting time!

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The Crew!

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“Man, thats a big wall!”

 

A Blast From The Past!

We recently completed a new truck graphic layout for a long-term customer, Mark, with SolidCold Refrigeration. He first came to us in 2003 to do the graphics for his truck with his logo in full color. The process to create his logo then was to use a combination of airbrushing, hand-cutting, and machine cutting on our plotter to get the gradient effect. It was a time consuming process but the end result looked great.

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Original logo airbrushed and hand cut in 2003

Fast forward to today… We now produce all graphics for vehicles and trucks as digital prints on one of our three large format printers. The original design took about 3 – 4 hours to design, airbrush, cut, and prepare for installing whereas the digital printing and lamination took less than an hour.

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Digitally printed logo in 2016

Digital printing allows us to produce full color graphics in the exact same way all the time and it is much faster and cheaper than hand painting and airbrushing. As a business, we have gone from working with up to 15 airbrush artists to now having four graphic artists who can produce so much more with the current technology. This allows us to pass on the savings in both time and money to our customers so they get a better product, consistently. We are always looking for ways to stay up-to-date with the latest technology to help your business look great.

Bird of Paradise Mural

Bird of Paradise painted for the CDC City of El Cajon in 2002! Part of an overall plan to bring more art and beautify downtown El Cajon. A mural project out and away from the studio, it was a lot of fun and turned out great!

Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise mural

Applying a Film Lamination

We get unusual projects from time to time. A friend had put a faux finish onto tables and cleared them to protect the painting. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite strong enough. We were able to apply a film laminate that not only protected the finish but gave it an even deeper marble look. Simple to apply, great look!

Applying lamination was fairly simple and quick.

Applying lamination was fairly simple and quick.

Lamination finished

A nice shine when finished!

 

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A New Mural For The Kona Kai Resort

A New Mural For The Kona Kai Resort

We work with some great people and last week had the opportunity to work with the folks at Non Verbal Communications. Their client, the Kona Kai Resort, needed a mural painted behind a metal ship sculpture to match a logo. We were there from 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm to keep us out of the way of the customers. We used stencils and air brushes to create the desired finish of a rough weathered texture. We think it turned out great!

Painting an Eco-Friendly Mural for Toyota of El Cajon

We just completed another mural at Toyota of El Cajon. Their service area wall is 16′ high x 32′ wide–a very large and intimidating space to work with! Toyota asked us for ideas of how to provide information for their customers when they drop off their vehicles and how to make it much more friendly and bright at the same time. After several artistic concepts, they decided on a yellow brick road theme.

We loved being able to help them with this hand-painted mural and provide a more inviting and relaxed environment for their customers. One of the reasons we like doing work for Toyota of El Cajon is that they are a completely eco-friendly dealership. We had to use low VOC paints to keep in line with what their mission is and it matches our mission as well to be an environmentally conscious business.

Painting a Life Size Jet Inflatable!

A while back we were hired to paint a life size inflatable jet for CMEANN productions that was doing a project for the Lifetime channel. It normally would have been digitally printed but our client asked us to hand paint the entire project. It was exhausting but tons of fun and the final result is stunning!

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