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Axalta Announces “Paint Outside the Can” Contest Winners


Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings, is pleased to announce its 2015 Paint Outside the Can contest winners. The contest, which was open to professional auto body painters in Canada and the United States, was an invitation to unleash creativity using any Axalta-branded coating system to paint and decorate an unused, standard one-gallon paint can. Axalta organized the contest, which closed on September 15, 2015, as a focus on fun, creativity and to promote and support its auto body customers’ inner artists.

Industry celebrity judges selected six celebrity picks based on creativity, execution and degree of difficulty. There is a tie for sixth place, resulting in seven celebrity picks. In addition, six “fan favorites” were chosen by fans based on the number of photo “likes” that were posted on Axalta’s Instagram website. Finally, one “best-in-show” grand prize winner was selected from the seven celebrity picks. The winning submissions will travel on tour to custom car shows throughout the United States in 2016. Axalta will also display select submissions at its booth at the 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association’s (SEMA) Show, as well as at other events. All submissions can be found online at Axalta’s website in addition to Axalta’s social media channels.

The winners are as follows:

Grand Prize Winner –

 

Mike “Splash” Burton, “Paradise Pipeline”

 

Celebrity Picks –

Mike “Splash” Burton, “Paradise Pipeline”

Asher Emerson, “Sakura Temple”

Joe “Frost” Espinoza, “Open at Your Own Risk”

Pat Napolitano, “Tiki Man”

Adam Stone, “The Art of Color”

Travis Wilson, “Music Icons”

Brandon Esparza, “Taste of Candy”

 

Fan Favorites –

Mike “Splash” Burton, “Paradise Pipeline”

Joe “Frost” Espinoza, “Open at Your Own Risk”

Johnathan Mercado, “Lowrider”

Pat Napolitano, “Tiki Man”

Adam Stone, “The Art of Color”

Brandon Esparza, “Taste of Candy”

Axalta’s celebrity judges were:

  • Sam Bass, the first officially licensed artist of NASCAR®
  • Ron Coan, reality TV star and one of the leading painters in the automotive industry known for show-stopping creations with Mobsteel at SEMA to groundbreaking OEM concept cars
  • Danny "Danny D" Galvez, a well-known custom automotive painter and pinstriper
  • Paul Quinn, a renowned airbrush and pinstriping artist and instructor in the custom paint industry
  • Danny Taylor, a pinstripe master with a 39-year history in custom artistic automotive design

“It’s as much about thinking outside of the box as it is painting outside of the can,” said Quinn. “First and foremost, as a judge for this contest, I am looking at the quality of the artwork. Judging this was a whole lot harder than I expected it would be as the best entries were all of very high quality.”

The “celebrity picks” and the “fan favorites” artists will each receive a $250 gift card, a complimentary pass to the 2015 SEMA Show; an opportunity to be interviewed on Rev’N News on Rev’N, a broadcast television network dedicated to all things revving, at the 2015 SEMA Show; a complimentary pass to Axalta’s VIP suite including lunches at the 2015 SEMA Show and prominent display of their submissions at the 2015 SEMA Show. The “best-in-show” grand prize winner will receive a $500 gift card; hotel accommodations for two in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 3, 2015 through November 7, 2015; two complimentary passes to the 2015 SEMA Show; an opportunity to be interviewed on Rev’N News at the 2015 SEMA Show; two complimentary passes to Axalta’s VIP suite including lunches at the 2015 SEMA Show and prominent display of their submissions at the 2015 SEMA Show. Select entries may also be displayed at the 2015 SEMA Show, as well as other events.

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