Large, flat surfaces bring out “The Joy of Wrapping”
“You can have as many happy little clouds in your world as you want.” Phrases like that, spoken in the kindest, softest tones by the late PBS artist Bob Ross, as he completed an entire painting in only 30 minutes, helped me nurse many a hangover on Saturday afternoons back in the ’80s. As testament to Ross’ ongoing popularity, several stations still air his show, “The Joy of Painting.” Though not an artist myself (and without making a value judgment about his art), I admired the freedom Ross expressed as he painted the blank canvas astride him.
While most vehicles lack the broad, flat and rectangular shape of the artist’s canvas, trailers come closest. And although lacking the license that allowed Ross to say, “We don’t make mistakes; we make happy accidents,” a sign shop can stretch its imagination, indeed, its “world,” on a trailer. Following are two such service-vehicle trailer projects.
“YOU GET A LITTLE ROLL OF PAINT”
Nothing fires up youth sports teams more than emulating the pros. From painting on eye black to lacing up size 7 cleats, kids love looking and acting like their gridiron heroes. So when the Lake Stevens Youth Football (LSYF) team needed a design for their concessions trailer, Wicked Wraps (Mukilteo, WA) offered to do the wrap, and for half the usual price. “As a community-oriented organization, Wicked Wraps was proud to sponsor this wrap,” said Katherine Becher, the shop’s owner/creative director. While Katherine wouldn’t go as far as to call trailers “easy” or “flat” given the tricky rivets, she did say, “Trailers and box trucks, being wide open canvases, allow the company to flex its creative wings and do something fun without having to worry about the usual obstacles.”
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