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Throw Back Thursday!

A giant inflatable hand!

A giant inflatable hand!

Throw Back Thursday to 1995 and a giant inflatable hand sporting the “New” Seiko watch. All airbrushed by hand including the watch face. Way before giant digital printers came on the scene. Giant custom balloons or inflatables are a great way to get your product seen and noticed. They break through the clutter making your message front and center in people minds, and they’re fun!

Marketing products well takes a lot of creativity. The average American sees over 5,000 advertising messages daily. To make an impact when marketing products, your advertising, event planning & marketing strategies have to incorporate eye-catching techniques that leave an impression that lasts long enough to get consumers into your store to buy.

Not sure if they are allowed in your city? The zoning of inflatable outdoor advertising falls to each individual city. Policies for using inflatables usually fall under the city’s sign ordinance. Oftentimes policies are ambiguous, referring to inflatables as “ambient” balloons or devices, which could apply to either helium or cold-air inflatables.

So how do you find out? Cities now have the ordinances for signs online and with a little research you can chase down the requirements stating what times of year and how long they can be up. You can also call the zoning office or city hall if you can’t easily find them online. Either way giant inflatables are a fantastic way to get your product the “Attention Getting” it needs.

Giant Anemones for Sea World

For the all new Electric Ocean Nighttime Celebration Sea World decided to use giant inflatable balloons. Along with updating the Cirque water show they wanted to spice up the different areas of the park with bold and interesting new props and color. After spending time with their creative team we came up with a series of 10 – 10′ tall inflatable anemones that would be installed on the roofs of different buildings throughout the park. The size and shape made a wonderful and whimsical impression and after being internally lit was a real hit among the attendees at Sea World.

inflatable anemone sea world

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!

Bird of Paradise award

Ribbon cutting time!

Bird of Paradise crew

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!

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