Tinter Battles 2021 by Tintertainment
Auto Film Specialists in Houston, TX June 12th and 13th, 2021
Thank you to Window Tint Warriors for the pictures in this post. Check out their video of Tinter Battles 2021
Competition is the operative word when it comes to most industries. Coke wants to beat Pepsi. Ferrari wants to beat Lamborghini and Maserati. McDonald’s wants to beat Burger King and Wendy’s and all the other fast food chains. And when it comes to smaller, local businesses, in most lines of business the same holds true: business owners want to outperform, outsell, and generally outshine the competition.
But that’s just not how things work in the window tint industry. Tinters want everyone in the game to succeed, knowing that a rising tide lifts all ships. And that sense of community has never felt strong than at the first Tinter Battles which was held in Houston, Texas on June 12th and 13th.
Tintertainment‘s Tinter Battles 2021 centered around fundraising for beloved tinter Donnie Dixon, who has been battling a case of rare ampullary cancer, but that grew into something truly meaningful not only for dozens of professional auto window tint specialists, but for their families and the greater community beyond.
The event was a full-on family affair, from cookie eating contests to kid tinting events to the main competitions during which friends, family, and fellow tinters cheered one another on.
The Kid’s Tinter Workshop event was coached by XPEL trainer Maro Cazorla (AKA Big Brown) and Ceramic Pro Kavaca trainer Dane Gregory (Great Dane) who led the young participants through the process of actually applying window tint to the a Tesla Model 3.
The kids used pre-cut selections of window film, legitimate tint industry tools, and techniques as taught by the pros to apply window tint to the vehicle. The result? Lots of fun, an education in tinting, and one surprisingly well tinted Tesla Model 3. As for the long term results, we can only expect that the next generation of window tint installation professionals found their calling.
Up next was an event of equal import: the cookie eating contest. Participants tucked into cookies provided for the competition by Tint Wiz (the “All-In-One Window Tint App”) with the challenge being to finish three cookies (they were large cookies, for the record) in the fastest time.
Overseen by WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Hart, the contest was won by Billy Aiton of Pro-Tech Window Tinting who finished his sweet treats in just seconds. Billy then donated his prize, a valuable VR headset, right back to the cause of raising more funds for Donnie Dixon’s treatment – another win for the day.
The main event was the Tinter Battles Contest in which seven different teams competed to tint an entire vehicle, meaning all side windows and the back window, in just one hour. The rules were kept intentionally wide open: any preferred professional tools and techniques were allowed, from use of squeegees to torches to heat guns to dry or wet shrink films and more. What counted wasn’t how the tint was applied, but rather the final product, meaning the quality of the tint job.
The competitors hailed from across America, and the winners of the Tinter Battles 2021 main event who went home with championship belts were Mike Norng (Heineken Mike), Robert Moreno (The Torcher), and Julieta Moreno (Boss Lady) from Houston, Texas. Except really the winner were everyone involved and the tint industry at large.
The next day saw another competition, Drive Thru Tint Day, in which many came together to swiftly tint as many vehicles as possible (using XPEL window films) and again with the proceeds going to raise funds for Donnie’s ongoing cancer treatment bills.
Tinter Battles 2021 may be in the rearview mirror, but it paved the road ahead for many more such window tint community events, and it made clear once again that indeed this business is all about community and coming together, not about dog eat dog.