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A group of industry judges picked by the Mentor, Ohio-based graphic films manufacturer chose Caminiti’s “Toxic Rat” design, which he installed on a 1930 Ford Tudor, as the best of the eight Regional Wrap King finalists in the contest. Caminiti, who launched his shop as Exotic Kustoms in 2008, did his wrap using Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film Diamond Silver with DOL 1460 overlaminate.
“As soon as Richard Rawlings announced my name I couldn’t believe it,” says Caminiti. “My team and I at Exotic Graphix worked so hard to design a unique, creative and technically challenging wrap. It’s an honor to be recognized as the 2016 King of the Wrap World and the first king of our region for our hard work and effort. I’d like to thank my family and friends, especially my wife, for all their support. We can’t wait to take the trophy home to Australia and show it off!”
A total of 224 entries from 21 countries were received by Avery Dennison. For his efforts, Caminiti will receive $1,000 cash, a King of the Wrap World trophy and almost $1,000 worth of marketing support from Avery Dennison including Facebook ads, exposure on the Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions website and a print ad in a trade show publication. The entire King of the Wrap World extended prize package is valued at almost $5,000, including the free trip to attend the SEMA show in Las Vegas, an Avery Dennison wrap class and a personalized 67” Race Ramp product.
Each Regional Wrap King won an initial prize package valued at almost $3,200.
Aside from Caminiti, who represented the Australia/New Zealand region, the other Regional Wrap Kings were Sean Tomlin, Designer Wraps of Millville, New Jersey, representing the North America East region; Ken Tonn, Brand Installers of Canal Fulton, Ohio, North America Midwest; last year’s winner, Kevin Kempf, PG NOLA of New Orleans, North America Central; Steve Carney, Carbon Wraps of Winter Park, Florida, North America South; Andy Soleimani, Sticker City of Sherman Oaks, California, North America West; Connor William Barr, Coastal Car Wraps of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; and Bong Nai Chi, WrapStyle of the Czech Republic, Europe.
This year’s judges were: Justin Pate, founder of The Wrap Institute; Molly Waters, senior technical specialist, Avery Dennison; Myles Kovacs, co-founder of DUB Magazine; Peter Wright, technical marketing manager, Avery Dennison; Vilmar Klok, founder, World Wide Wrap; Nuno Gomes, owner of Second Skin Design; and Hans Bruins, technical marketing manager, Avery Dennison.
“It was great to see such a high level of workmanship and effort in this year’s entries,” says Wright. “The competition was tight among the eight regional winners, but Caminiti’s entry really stood out. As a first time judge, I just want to say, ‘It’s harder than it looks!’ The panel had a difficult time, but Caminiti deserved every vote and the ultimate crown.”
Judges evaluated the submissions based on the following criteria: visual transformation (difference between the before and after pictures submitted), quality and skill level of installation, overall public look and appeal and uniqueness of the design.
To watch a video featuring Caminiti talking about his wrap, click HERE.