High Stakes Creative’s Drytac graphics make Korean restaurant pop
Matt Matthews has been in the sign industry for 24 years and started High Stakes Creative in 2007, specialising in the design, production and installation of branding, signage and graphics for commercial and architectural applications. This includes everything from large-format printing and fleet graphics to complex wayfinding and corporate identity systems.
This summer High Stakes Creative took on a major project for KPOP’s new Korean barbecue restaurant location: a stylish monochrome design influenced by K-pop music that involved channel letter signs and 6,200sq ft (576 sq m) of wall graphics, printed on Drytac’s ReTac.
“This project was the second time we worked with this client – they had us print and install a similar graphic package in another location last year,” says Matt. “They loved it so much, they more than quadrupled their request on this location. The installation took place over the course of several trips with four other installers. I personally installed 3,500 sq ft myself.”
Drytac ReTac Smooth 150 is a 150μ (6 mil) white polymeric printable PVC film coated with ReTac ultra-removable adhesive technology, allowing graphics to be installed, removed and repositioned easily. Available in Gloss and Matte finishes and certified with several fire ratings, ReTac Smooth 150 is ideal for wall graphics in spaces such as restaurants.
“We chose ReTac because it is a thicker film with repositionability that allowed for an easier install,” says Matt Matthews. “Most of the panels were 14′ (4.3m) tall so having that repositionability was key. Also, having a 6 mil material allowed for us to avoid lamination in areas that wouldn’t get frequent abrasion.”
He adds: “I love ReTac – I’ve continued to use it as my go-to for a majority of my wall graphic applications. Each time I’ve made a request to Drytac, I’ve been met with thorough answers and professionalism that helps me get my clients what they need in a timely manner.”
Matt adds that he’s keen to use other Drytac products: “I just haven’t made my way through the long list of what’s available!” he says.