WRAP OLYMPICS 2019 WINNERS

Late, so late, to WRAPSCON 2019

I was late… really, really late this time.  My flight from Columbus started off just fine but a unwelcome surprise in Phoenix derailed the trip pretty quick.  “We regret to inform you that your flight to Long Beach has been canceled” is NEVER the text you want to recieve while sitting in the airport… CRAP.  Turns out that the airline had proactively re-booked me on another flight… YAY!  …But the flight was going to drop me off at a different airport. An airport an hour away from the convention center… CRAP again!

Still, after catching the new flight and grabbing an Uber driver willing to get me up the coast to Long Beach, I can make this work.  Forget checking in to the AirBNB and who cares that I was carting all my luggage and camera gear.  I told the driver to just drop me in front of the convention hall and let me jump out.  I finally arrived at WRAPSCON 2019! 

From the second I stepped on the floor I felt I was home.  I honestly know that I am one of the most fortunate people in the world to able to earn a living in the wrap industry.  As I am fond of saying, this is the only industry where people pay us to color and play with cars.  We have amazing designers.  We have super cool projects.  We have brilliant tools and gadgets to work with.  We have the best people in the world.  We have #wrapfamily.  

For those of who missed WRAPSCON this year you missed some great stuff.  Ruggs Kochevear and his amazing NBM team spent an entire year putting together a concentrated wrap experience for us.  Where else are you going to see industry greats doing demonstrations in practically every booth?  Where else are going to get Justin Pate and The Wrap Institute team giving talks and allowing anyone to try all the different films? The 3M booth was hustling alongside the KPMF, Orafol and Teckwrap teams. Hexis was running their super popular Wrap battle panels. Famous faces wrapping right in front of you from all over the world. Every single one of them willing to chat, show off a tool or discuss a technique… so cool.

Finally, let’s certainly not forget this year’s Wrap Olympics! A two-person team rolling head-to-head against another one. This unique competition format has the wrappers moving from cars to rough texture walls. Wrapping odd and difficult objects (a bowling ball AND pin this year). Live designing projects and working together to implement the film installation. We had some great teams from all over North America as well as Europe and Asia. The final winners by judges decision was the team “Aloha Hillbillies” made up of Shane Oliberos (Xero Wraps) and Charlie Trujillo (Lettering Express) who took home a massive amount of prizes.

As in year’s past the Wrap Olympic’s judging team was made up of Starla Miller (Miller Decals), Jen Carney (Carbon Wraps), Luis Tirado (WBC Graphics / BladeCage) and Keith Savage (Savage Wraps) and Adam Sumner (Wrapix Imaging) with the whole event MC’ed by everybody’s favorite bayou boy Kevin Kempf (PG Nola). A virtual ton of wrap industry knowledge and expertise in this group for sure.

So, late arrival aside, this year’s WRAPSCON was an event to remember and one you should NOT miss next year!

WLAK 2018 winner

AVERY DENNISON® “WRAP LIKE A KING” 2019 CHALLENGE OPENS FOR VEHICLE WRAP SUBMISSIONS

MENTOR, Ohio – June 3, 2019 – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions has announced the opening of its annual Wrap Like A King Challenge. This year’s vehicle wrap competition will run June 3 through Aug. 30, 2019, and it will again include Regional Wrap Kings, Continental Wrap Kings and the crowning of the prestigious “King of the Wrap World.”
Wrap installers from 50 countries across the world are invited to submit commercial, full print or color change wrap projects to be judged for the chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes. The prize packages for 2019 are worth a combined total of over $30,000, available to Regional Wrap Kings, Continent Wrap Kings and the “King of the Wrap World.” In 2018, more than 200 installers entered the challenge.
“We’ve been expanding the Wrap Like A King Challenge to new regions across the globe over the past two years, with the newest addition of South Africa for this year’s competition. We’re also introducing the ‘People’s Choice Award’ which allows the public to vote for their favorite project. This new award will provide additional and well-deserved recognition for our valued customers,” said Bill Podojil, vice president, Graphics Solutions North America. “We’re astonished at the level of creativity and talent with each passing year, and we anticipate the submissions for the 2019 challenge to surpass our expectations.”
Participating nations make up 13 geographic regions across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea and South Africa. Wrap installers in these regions will submit projects featuring Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping™ Film, the Conform Chrome series, the ColorFlow™ Series, MPI 1105 Supercast Digital film or a combination of car wrap films to be evaluated against their regional peers by a panel of judges.
The 10 Regional Wrap Kings will win nearly $2,000 worth of personalized marketing materials, Avery Dennison product, SEMA passes and more. They will then go on to battle for royalty on their continents: North America, Europe, North Asia and Australia/New Zealand. The overall
winner will be chosen by the judges as the best in show and crowned the “King of the Wrap World” at the 2019 SEMA Show, Nov. 5-8 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Industry experts from around the globe will use their wealth of experience to narrow down the field, picking the most beautiful, technically challenging or otherwise most impressive wraps to move on in each round of the Challenge.
The 2019 Judges Panel:
● Justin Pate – The Wrap Institute, Global Pate is an Avery Dennison-certified installer/instructor in the United States with over 20 years of experience. He leads the Avery Dennison North America hands-on car wrap workshop and certification program and is co-owner of The Wrap Institute.
● Myles Kovacs – DUB® Magazine, USA Kovacs is the president and co-founder of DUB® Magazine, a U.S.-based magazine that focuses on the urban custom car culture and celebrities and their vehicles. He has been in the auto industry for 25 years.
● Yianni Charalambous – Yiannimize, UK Charalambous is the owner of Yiannimize, a wrap shop in London catering to celebrities and high-end clientele. He has an incredible social following, with more than 1.3 million YouTube subscribers.
● Eddy Speelman – Speelman Graphic Applications, Europe Speelman is the owner of Speelman Graphic Applications and has been an Avery Dennison trainer for 15 years. He has been part of the wrapping industry for decades, and he specializes in color change applications, paint protection and window tinting.
● Molly Waters – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions, North America Waters is a senior technical specialist in North America with over 19 years of industry experience. She often travels all over the country visiting sign and wrap shops and talking with customers about the car wrap industry. She also frequently contributes to the Avery Dennison blog.
● Peter Wright – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions, Australia/New Zealand Wright is a technical marketing manager and works with the ’industry’s leading installers, teaching vehicle wrapping workshops and promoting the industry. With strong expertise in leading vehicle wrapping workshops, he has trained more than 2,000 people from Australia, New Zealand and ASEAN countries.
● Sarel Krüger – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions, South Africa Krüger joined the Avery team in 2011 after working in the signage industry for nearly 10 years. His experience ranges from equipment and software, to the manufacturing of signage and graphics, vehicle wrapping and, ultimately, the supplying of material.
● Frank Marquart – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions, Europe Marquart is a technical marketing manager, digital print media, in Europe and actively participates in product development and relationship management with printer OEMs.
● Jun Kinoshita – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions, Japan
Kinoshita is the sales manager for Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions in Japan. He introduced the Certified Wrap Installers training program to Japan and worked together with Justin Pate on the training course.
The five continent winners will receive a four-night stay in Las Vegas for the 2019 SEMA Show, where the “King of the Wrap World” will be announced. The $3,200 prize pack for continent winners also includes personalized Wrap Like A King t-shirt, $500 in gift vouchers and a variety of promotional and marketing tools for the winner’s wrap shop. The “King of the Wrap World” grand prize package is worth almost $5,000, with additional gift vouchers and exposure via the Avery Dennison website and web advertisements.
Car wrap installers are encouraged to enter a vehicle wrap project using Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping™ Film or digital cast films online at wraplikeaking.com. Official rules, judge bios and prize information are also posted on the site.
For more information on Avery Dennison vinyl for car graphics and where to buy Supreme Wrapping Film, visit graphics.averydennison.com. Join the conversation on Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions’ social

Grit, Grime, mutant skulls and sheer, no-holds-barred design, equals Alltak’s CAMBEA 2019!

You would absolutely be forgiven for wondering. What does dusty desert, leather, rusty metal and a head turning Mad Max theme have to do with wrapping? Well, as it turns out, quite a lot.

When Marcelo Souss and the Brazilian based Alltak Adhesivos team started planning the 2019 CAMBEA in São Paulo the idea was simply to go bigger and better than the 2018 success. Long time Alltak designer Allessandro de Campos was tasked with creating the vision which developed into a world-class wrapping showcase environment.

The winning formula? Start with a massive booth backdrop depicting a post-apocalyptic landscape, fabricate fully custom floors simulating a desert surface complete with sand scoured skulls and make every car in the competition match up with a rusty, spiky, patched-together scrounger of a vehicle. Mission accomplished and we have the photos to prove it!

The annual, 4 day wrap competition at FESPA Brasil, drew competitors from all over the county as well as wrapping hopefuls from neighboring Argentina and Chile. The judging team came in from all over the world to assist the Head Judge Eduardo Chardosim Stabel (Brasil). Judges included Multi-Year judge and wrap professional Mireille Van der Jagt (Pro Wraps – Netherlands), Dimas Brazil (DBS by Dimas Brasil – Brasil), Tim Evans (WrapperMapper – USA) with the entire event MC’ed by Marcos Schott (Banana Buffers – Brasil).

The event was rounded out by Live Wrapping demonstrations with daily custom designs by Joffrey Van der Jagt (Pro Wraps – Netherlands) and Alltak’s very own Thiago Sossai. The creativity and skill on display here every day was a sure crowd-pleaser.

All of these elements came together for a truly excellent show. Fun with costumes and a palpable sense of camaraderie among the competitors, while triumphs and failures were witnessed every single day.

Ultimately, after days of competitions and heart breaking eliminations, the Alltak CAMBEA 2019 crowned the team of WS Adhesivos as the final winning wrappers with the team from Genesis Envelopamento coming in just a tiny fraction of tiny 5 points behind them. Incredibly, incredibly close finish after so many days!

If you ever get a chance to experience an Alltak Adhesivos CAMBEA event it is highly, highly recommended!