Best Transit Vehicle Graphics of 2013

Who says buses and RVs can't be fun?
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FIRST PLACE
Fabricator
Hygh Octane Graphics
Maineville, OH
(317) 292-1831
www.hyghoctane.com
Designer/Installer
Jeff Rowland
Client
Austin City Saloon
Being home to the University of Kentucky, Lexington has no shortage of places to have a good time. To separate themselves from the crowd, the owners of the Lynagh’s and Austin City Saloon, two popular local bars, hired Hygh Octane to wrap a party bus. So, in addition to providing a valuable public service that curbs drinking and driving, the bus provides impactful advertising. Rowland designed the bus’ festive wrap using CorelDRAW X4 (safe to say it never garnered this much attention as a school bus).
Hygh Octane produced the wrap with 3M Controltac IJ180cv3-10 air-release media, which was decorated on an HP Designjet L25500 latex-ink printer. 3M’s Scotchcal 8518 glossy topcoat will protect the country twang and lucky shamrocks’ color for years.
SECOND PLACE
Fabricator/Installer
SkinzWraps
Dallas
(214) 741-4529
www.skinzwraps.com
Designer
Tyson Summers
Client
Buck Commander
Willie Robertson is the star of two, hunting-themed reality shows: Buck Commander, which appears on Outdoor Channel, and Duck Dynasty, a popular A&E show. For both shows, he and his posse hunt for deer, ducks and other outdoor game with a series of celebrity hunters. He promotes it on the road with an epic RV wrap that celebrates hunting prowess. The shop produced the wrap on its Epson Stylus Pro GS 6000 solvent-ink printer with Avery Dennison’s MPI 1005 Supercast EZ Apply RS air-release media. Summers designed the program using Adobe’s Creative Suite. They applied the behemoth wrap using heat guns and 3M Gold squeegees.
THIRD PLACE
Fabricator
Arizona Color Wraps
Phoenix
(623) 580-7386
www.arizonacolor.com
Designer
Adam Wheat
Installer
Pedro Ontiveros
Client
Jericho Specialized Entry Training
Jericho trains law-enforcement and military special-forces personnel how to covertly enter locked or hard-to-access premises to apprehend criminal suspects. To make a statement wherever Jericho teaches its courses, it hired Arizona Color to wrap its mobile classroom. Wheat designed the job using Adobe® Photoshop®. The shop produced the wrap on its HP Designjet L26500 latex-ink printer with 3M™ IJ180Cv3-10 air-release media, and protected it from Arizona’s harsh climate with 3M’s Scotchcal™ 8518 glossy topcoat, which is applied with a Seal Ultra 62 laminator.
 

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