Humans of Harbinger – Digital Printing
Jack Mullins - Vinyl Graphics Printer & Installer (and Pin-Striper)
Meet Jack Mullins, the Lead Vinyl Technician at Harbinger Sign by day, and a pinstriping and rockabilly painting pro by night. Jack transforms everything from vehicles to pinup posters to novelty props and hot rod prints with his distinct 1950s rockabilly aesthetic.
“It all started from checking out hot rods and classic cars at car shows when I was a boy. I got hooked on the look of old-school cars, and then my own creative form took shape,” Jack says.
He characterizes his defiant painting and pinstriping style as a 1950s rebel who “goes off the deep end.” Although his original designs harken back to old school, he approaches each project as a completely original undertaking and enjoys creating off-the-cuff designs.
“I would say my inspiration for my art comes from rebel icon Von Dutch (aka Kenneth Howard) and the Rat Fink hot-rod style of Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth.”
Mullins’ work is detailed on the sides of motorcycle tanks, automobiles and in home decor.
Some of Jack’s signature pieces:
- A big, bad “Lone Wolf” caricature Jack embellished with fancy pinstriping.
- A coffin-shaped panel etched out in classic hot-rod style.
- A green suitcase decked out with a perfectly symmetrical magenta and beige pinstriping.
He’s currently working on a “Rat Rod,” which is a grungy hot rod that will feature Mullins’ pinstriping over its rusted surface.
Digital Printing & Vinyl Installation
Jack has been working in the sign industry for 13 years and his position at Harbinger is a natural fit with his personal passion for putting artwork on various surfaces. In the vinyl shop at Harbinger, it is Jack and the vinyl team that are tasked with printing and installing vehicle wraps, printing directly onto surfaces and substrates, and creating vinyl banners or large-scale vinyl decals to create branded interiors.
Often vehicle wraps are for company vehicles or brands that wish to advertise on the roadways through their fleets, but sometimes it is just a car collector with a request so specialized that a vehicle wrap is the only way to get precisely the look the customer wants for their vehicle. And Jack is a master of getting the vinyl applied perfectly.
“I am a 3M preferred installer. I wrap cars, interior walls and windows. I also assist with other miscellaneous sign work. Everything from printing and cutting to installing vinyl.”Jack Mullins, Lead Vinyl Technician
Harbinger Sign & the Jacksonville Jaguars
Although not much of a football fan, proof of Jack’s dedication to Harbinger clients came on the first game day of a difficult new season for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Just a day before the big game, the Jaguars head coach called Harbinger and requested some signage to be installed in the player areas to get them pumped as they prepared to take the field on game day. Jack and the vinyl team came in on the weekend to design, print, cut and then go to the stadium and install a custom sign program and branded interior just for the team. (See the whole story here.)
The Vinyl Shop at Harbinger
The vinyl shop in Harbinger’s manufacturing facility in Jacksonville, Florida, is always humming out colorful and compelling work from state-of-the-art printers.
The Digital Printing Team Handles:
- Large Format & Flat Bed Digital Printing
- Vinyl Lettering
- Vehicle Wraps
- Directional Signage
- Interior Signs
- Regulatory Signs
- Wayfinding & Campus Signage
- Environmental Graphics & Branded Environments
Jack brings a set of talents to Harbinger that can’t be found anywhere else, but just as important as his penchant for quality work is his unique personality. Jack’s always got a smile and he’s always happy to help on a project. His creativity and rockabilly style also set him apart (from Sinatra to Michael Jackson to 50s garage rock or metal, you never know what music will be pumping out of the vinyl room). Whether pinstriping or hand-painting a passion project or printing and installing a digitally printed vinyl wall-covering for a branded interior, Jack’s commitment to quality comes through in his work and Harbinger clients are fortunate to have him on their side.