Panopus Printing has created two poster projects for The Garage in London – but the fast moving music world means the colourful ads were only on show for a few days. To meet this demand the local print specialist relied on Drytac SpotOn, a printable media designed specifically for easy removal after even the shortest term installations.
Panopus Printing PRS Ltd was founded in 1997 as a reprographics supplier for the building sector. While it still works with architects and engineers, the company felt the effects of the recession and in 2010 decided to meet increasing customer demand and diversify into large format vinyl printing, using its HP Latex 315 printer to produce vinyl signs, stickers and lettering. It also provides very high resolution reproduction services to fine art, fashion, graphic design, interior design and architecture students at London institutions including Central Saint Martins.
With such strong links to arts and entertainment, Panopus often works with agencies and promoters, and recently completed two projects advertising new material from Dylan and Dorian Electra. These posters were on display at live music venue The Garage and its sister pub The Grace in Highbury, north London, and by nature were very short term.
‘We received a request for vinyl posters that could be removed after two to three days,’ Rayvin Portelli, managing director, Panopus Printing, commented. ‘We had previously experimented with Drytac SpotOn using some samples supplied by Antalis and found them ideal for the job – the material was both put up and taken down easily.’
SpotOn printable vinyl film is designed for this purpose. It features Drytac's ‘dot pattern’ adhesive that enables easy bubble free application onto a wide variety of smooth surfaces, even by non professionals, and clean removal at the end of its use. It can also be repositioned and reused if stored correctly. The 100 µ (4 mil) film, available in clear matte, white matte and white gloss versions, is compatible with solvent, eco solvent, latex and UV inkjet printing technologies.
Panopus has also used the media for a sound and art installation at Lloyds Banking Group's London Wall building. Caribbean Takeaway Takeover: Identities and Stories commemorates and celebrates the lives of 12 pioneers from the Windrush Generation, and features a life size replica of a shopfront created by Panopus on Drytac SpotOn.
Rayvin Portelli has plans for other Drytac products. He said, ‘I am looking forward to using ReTac Textures for more projects. It is beautiful stuff to apply, remove and reuse, which makes it great for point of sale.’