Sekanskin specializes in exotic vehicle graphics using vinyl customizations. They create unique wraps from colour change to bespoke creations. With the business growing, the team expanded its offerings to include vinyl applications on windows, walls, floors, and architectural services.
Thanks to the Toronto Raptors playoff run and the opportunity to create a series of unique murals, the team was able to elevate its current skill set while challenging themselves with new mediums. For this ongoing project, everything was magnified: the measurements, file design, and scale of production. Attention was given to preparation requirements such as using a rented scissor lift to install the vinyl on the facade of a building located on one of the city’s busiest streets, pick up and drop off of materials, ensuring the perimeter was safe during the installation, and monitoring the weather to ensure the wind speeds were ideal and it was not going to rain. The team had to be adaptable because these variables were unpredictable and it was an emotional rollercoaster, based on the Raptors’ success and the number of diehard fans that filled the city.
After building a relationship by meticulously applying colour change and paint protection films to multiple cars owned by a Toronto-based graffiti artist Tetra, Sekanskin was tasked with making the former’s new business venture stand out from the rest. Tetra’s business—OD Toronto—on Queen Street is a high-end consignment shop/museum, specializing in rare shoes, exclusive clothing, and one-of-a-kind collectibles.
Before the grand opening, Sekanksin installed custom ‘ODTO’ window decals to the security gates, anti-abrasion films to protect the $1-million skateboard collection built into the floor, as well as textured vinyl branding on the exposed brick wall interiors.
Uniting a city
Once the interiors were complete, Sekanskin and Tetra strategized about exterior options. Both parties wanted to use the store’s location, the CN Tower aligned directly behind the building to show the layout/positioning of the murals was intentional. At the time of the store’s opening, the Toronto Raptors were in the midst of a playoff run and the team’s superstar, Kawhi Leonard, was the perfect candidate to use as the subject of the building’s vinyl wallcovering. Sekanskin saw this project as a golden opportunity to put OD Toronto on the map, unify a city around its basketball team and its goal to bring home a championship—not to mention, further fuel the campaign to see Leonard re-sign with the team.
Paint or vinyl
Sekanskin printed 1371-mm (54-in.) wide panels of 3M 8624 graphic film for textured wall material on an HP Latex 330 device, which was later laminated with 3M 8524 and trimmed.
（Sekanskin团队在HP Latex 330设备上打印了1371毫米(54英寸)图形薄膜，用于纹理墙材料的制作，并用3M 8524设备进行进一步的边缘调整）
Once the vision was solidified, Sekanskin and Tetra selected an image that used the building’s thin and tall frame to create the iconic mural. The company used proprietary software to ensure there was no loss in image quality once it was increased in size by more than 9.1 m (30 ft). Sekanskin printed 1371-mm (54-in.) wide panels of 3M 8624 graphic film for textured wall material on an HP Latex 330, which was later laminated with 3M 8524 and trimmed. The installation of the vinyl took place after 11 p.m. and carried on through the night.
之后，Sekanskin团队和利乐一起设计了一个图像，使用建筑外部进行这个标志性壁画的创建。该公司使用专业的软件，即使壁画的规模超过9.1米(30英尺)，图像的质量依旧很好，。Sekanskin团队在HP Latex 330设备上打印了1371毫米(54英寸)图形薄膜，用于纹理墙材料的制作，并用3M公司 8524设备进行进一步的边缘调整。乙烯基的使用是在晚上11点以后进行的，一直持续到第二天凌晨。
The following day, the city’s response was epic. Social media was buzzing with speculation about who could create such a unique piece. People lined the streets to get a picture of the building’s new look.
Media outlets immediately took notice and started to follow the story. Sekanskin debunked the myth that the mural was painted and revealed on live television and social media that vinyl film was used. Photoshopped renditions of the wallcovering appeared on TSN and The Score. It gained a stronger viral presence when the Raptors shared the image on the team’s social media feeds and featured it in their open gym video on Bell Media. People were fascinated by the installation as the ‘Kawhi You Should Stay’ movement picked up momentum.
Many businesses tried to capitalize on the success OD Toronto was experiencing by offering Leonard many free items, food for life, cars, and homes. The authentic nature of this project was hard to duplicate.
Change, change, change
After the first installation, Sekanskin designed, produced, and installed six other wallcoverings, with each one—due to the Raptors and Kawhi Leonard’s success—building upon the previous design with a bigger and more meaningful piece. They used photos taken from the games and artistically modified and photoshopped them to make a unique compilation. Tetra assisted with the vision and design.
One such example was Leonard’s famous buzzer-beater shot during the series against the Philadelphia 76ers. Upon the game’s conclusion, Sekanskin received a call from Tetra asking to update the existing vinyl display based on this game-winning play.
Kawhi Leonard after the buzzer-beater game shot against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Sekanskin jumped into production and within 24 hours of the game had two murals—interior and exterior—made alongside complementary decals, which were placed throughout the store. A team of highly skilled and certified installers was assembled. First, the panels were tacked roughly onto the wall. Next, a combination of heat-resistant rollers, TSA-4 textured surface applicators, heat guns, and blowtorches were used.
The public’s response the following morning was even more intense. People were amazed at how quickly the piece was updated. Fans proceeded to line up to enter the store to take a photo with the interior mural, which was designed (including future wallcoverings) to give fans an immersive experience. Every media outlet in Toronto covered the story, some of the buzz trickled into American news outlets, too. Rapper/producer Snoop Dogg also visited the store for his album release party and did a photoshoot using the interior mural as a backdrop.
Building more momentum
For this mural, Sekanskin wanted to go bigger than before—rather than just having Leonard—the new design featured all five starting players as well as Drake giving head coach Nick Nurse the much-publicized shoulder rub.
When the Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks and secured their spot in the National Basketball Association (NBA) finals, Sekanskin knew it was time to update the mural to further heighten the buzz surrounding the project. This time, Sekanskin wanted to go bigger than before—rather than just having Leonard—the new design featured all five starting players as well as Drake giving head coach Nick Nurse the much-publicized shoulder rub. They also updated the interior vinyl wallcovering to show Leonard dunking over Buck’s forward Giannis Antetokounmpo to allow fans to place themselves in the moment. Again, media outlets in Toronto and the surrounding area picked up the story. In fact, ESPN visited and broadcasted its NBA program in front of the mural.
We are the champions
With the Raptors solidifying the championship title in game six of the NBA finals, Sekanskin was prepared with a new design. The team produced a 2.4-m (8-ft) gold chrome Larry O’Brien Trophy with the Raptors’ logo and installed it on victory night to a crowd of cheering fans. The following day, Sekanskin designed/photoshopped eight players from different photos to create a team shot of the champagne celebration. The goal was to allow fans to immerse themselves in the Raptors’ victorious moment. The last wallcovering was so successful that when Tetra created T-shirts based on the image, they sold out immediately. Overall, this campaign reached more than 50 million people through various news and social media outlets including The Score, TSN, The Raptors, blogTO, Snoop Dogg, and Sign Media Canada. Though the murals have been removed, the impact and momentum they helped create for the city’s first NBA championship is timeless.
随着猛龙队在NBA总决赛第六场比赛中获得总冠军，Sekanskin团队准备再次进行更新。球队制作了一个2.4米(8英尺)高的带有猛龙队标识的奖杯，并在胜利之夜之前进行了安装。第二天，Sekanskin团队从不同的照片中ps出8名球员，合成一幅举着香槟庆祝的团队照。这一个做法让球迷再次回顾起猛龙队胜利的那一刻。最后，利乐开始以这款图案为基础设计t恤，衣服很快卖光。总的来说，这次活动获得各种新闻和社交媒体的关注，包括The Score、TSN、The Raptors、blogTO、Snoop Dogg和Sign media Canada，影响了5000多万人。尽管现在这些壁画已经被移除，但它们对这座城市首届NBA总冠军的影响是永恒存在的。
A scissor lift was used to install murals on the exterior of OD Toronto. The team quickly assembled upon the conclusion of games to update the mural upon Tetra’s request. Images were printed on panels of 3M graphic film, which was also laminated and trimmed.
The reach through this campaign was remarkable. Snoop Dogg shared images on his Instagram account, which has 35 million followers.
The team produced a 2.4-m (8-ft) gold chrome Larry O’Brien Trophy with the Raptors’ logo and installed it on victory night to a crowd of cheering fans.
Sekanskin designed/photoshopped eight players from different photos to create a team shot of the champagne celebration as one did not exist. Many of the photos used as murals were conceptualized prior to a game’s conclusion.