Sign & Digital Graphics

2013 Buyer's Guide

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Carl Brewer The Wrap Installers Las Vegas Number of years you've been in the wrap business: Nine years solid, working with wraps almost every day. How did you get started, and what did you do before jumping into the wrap game? I started working at a very young age. I had my mind set on being a pyrotechnician, like my dad. While putting in my dues at a national lighting company, they decided to have a work release program for prisoners, which meant they worked for endless hours and low money per hour, which meant those who had lives and made more had to go. And at the time, I only made $8.50 an hour. The day I was fired, I was devastated and went to see my girlfriend who is now the mother of my three kids. Her father was home; his name is Leo Torres. He is a 30 year veteran of the sign industry and a sign painter by trade. He saw I was down, so he said, "You're working with me tomorrow." I worked with him the next day painting checkers at a mechanic shop. It was simple, non-back-breaking work, which was a change. It took us three hours to complete, and when we were done he gave me $75 cash. I was so excited. That would have been heavy lifting for nine hours with what I did before. So I asked him what else he did and he started to show me. I first started with window perf banners for shuttles in Las 80 • Mid-June 2013 • S I G N SBGuide.indd 80 Vegas. Then my first real job was 24 full Greyhound buses for LG that needed to be completed in four days. It took about six wrappers and numerous helpers. I wrapped for 40 hours straight and my father-in-law, having a rare blood disease that doesn't require him to sleep, went for 98 straight. We finished right on time. It was a $60,000 job done in days. Sounded good. Too good. We got stiffed and the guy who hired us is now wanted by federal authorities. Lesson learned from day one, but I still fell in love with the trade. What is it that you love most about working with wraps? I love that no matter what tomorrow will bring, you will wrap something new and meet someone new. Now, when you get a fleet of 900-plus vehicles, that feeling subsides, but so far it has come back again and again. What is the most important tip you would give a co-worker to ensure a successful wrap? The most important tip from me would be to know when to ask for help. There is no shame to jump on a social network or blog and ask a question. If you haven't done a specific vehicle before, go to you-tube and look it up, otherwise you might mess it up and end up making an industry—that thousands have worked hard to create—look bad over an ego. The second you have pride, you stop any positive growth. & D I G I TA L G R A P H I C S 5/31/13 12:18 PM

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