Maker Series – Wrapsesh & Vinyl Vixen Wraps

We met Vinyl Vixen last summer when she tagged us on Instagram using one of our graphics knives. It’s always fun to see what new stuff they are up to each week. Just when you think the designs can’t get any better, they do! Energy, color and outgoing fun comes to mind when scrolling through their IG feed.

My name is Vinyl Vixen, I am 25, and based out of Phoenix, Arizona. I am Co-owner and artist here at Wrapsesh, and creator of The Vinyl Vixen Brand. We are an automotive wrap company that specializes in color change wraps and precision wrapping. The Vinyl Vixen brand we use to promote a female presence in the vinyl industry, currently with 3 female installers in our team.

What is your craft / business?

We specialize in doing luxury and full color-change vinyl wraps. We create custom, one of a kind designs for bikes, boats, cars, and more. We really excel in doing detailed wraps and free style designs along with a lot of technical work. This includes interior accent work, door jams, helmets, etc.

What are you most well-known for, or what do you consider your area of expertise?

We are most well known for doing full coverage color change wraps. This big process involves removing all the doors completely off the car and wrapping any exposed paint. We push the limits for what a wrap can be a promote quality above all. We often do a lot of free-style designs, which we really enjoy doing, as it brings out the creative side of our craft.

Who or what inspired you to get into the type of work you do?

My boyfriend, and Co-owner, Michael is actually the one who inspired me to get into wrapping. When we first started dating I was at a point in my life where I could take a new direction, and I chose vinyl. I saw there were not a lot of females in the industry and I was really attracted to the artistic aspect of it. I got an apprenticeship under him at a shop he was working for. We did that for about a year, then ended up quitting and decided to start our own thing. We built our name from the ground up, and we have now been managing our company for nearly 2 years. Getting to work together and grow has been such a pleasure together and I wouldn’t ask for it any other way!

How do you describe or categorize yourself?

Out of the Box. We can do simple, classy, and clean. But we love doing wild, eye catching designs that really makes a vehicle as unique and personalized as the owner.

From where, or whom, do you draw inspiration?

We get inspiration from many others within our industry and we love supporting and helping others and seeing their projects. We draw inspiration for our designs from the natural body lines provided on the vehicle, but also from every day things. Gems and rocks, guitars, videogames, live fish at an aquarium. You can find inspiration for a design just about anywhere.

What are the OLFA tools that you use for your craft?

OLFA Stainless Steel Snap-Off Graphics Knife (SAC-1)

OLFA Snap-Off Graphics Blades

What is your favorite OLFA tool and why?

We absolutely love the 30 degree Snap-Off blades with our OLFA Knives. They allow you to get into hard to reach spaces that the normal blades can’t. They are also extremely sharp and provide a better angle when cutting. It is my preferred knife overall when installing.

When do you do your most creative work?

When customers give us free reign over a design, that is when we get to push our artistic and technical abilities. Often times they will pick only a color scheme or give us a theme and then we take care of the rest. It makes our work more of an art project rather than a product, and allows  us to really have some fun with it.

What is something most people would be surprised to know about you?

No one within our shop has ever had any formal training or certifications, which is pretty big in our industry. We all have had apprenticeship style-learning experiences where we have developed our own methods and perfected our trade. Now we try to share as much positive information and advice about wrapping to others within our industry. We promote collaboration, not competition.

What is your favorite project or piece of work you are most proud of? 

We have done quite a few killer wrap designs that I am really proud of. One of them was a space ship Bugatti wrap. I love when we get to do wild designs like full Galaxy-space print. One of our recent projects was a full wrap in a Satin White Holographic film, with all the door jams, interior accents, and dechrome in a custom marble print. This was a really eye catching design that we had a blast doing.

What other hobbies do you enjoy?

We love our pets, guns, and toys. We are all animal people here. Great Danes, Ferretts, reptiles, you name it, we’ve had it! We enjoy doing outdoors stuff here in Arizona from hiking, to riding, or swimming at your favorite watering hole. We love having motorcycles to ride out here, the weather is great most of the time! We would love to travel more in the future with our company.

 

Be sure to check out more of Wrapsesh & Vinyl Vixen Wraps:

Website: http://www.vinylvixenwraps.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slayincolor/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wrapseshaz/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9-yPbpzOpu5PWeNrZ3dUlA

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