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10 03, 2011

Performance that Rocks!

By |March 10th, 2011|Products|0 Comments

Performance that Rocks! Here are just a few reasons why you will want to consider Rent What? Inc for your next concert backdrop drapery rental.

At Rent What?, we’ve got the curtains and masking drapes for just about any kind of show, massive or minor. But just as important, we’ve got the creds. Our team has performed for many of the biggest names in entertainment, so we know the realities of dressing up a major venue and dancing around all the surprises that can pop up at the last second. It’s not just about having the right products, but having the experience and putting in the blood and sweat our customers remember when it comes to booking each new tour.

Really Big Drapes for a Really Big Show.

Masking drapes, Kabukis and backdrops – we’ve got them in heights up to 60 feet! With our extensive selection of quality, IFR drapery in various dimensions, the choices are endless. Travel hampers are always provided FREE when you rent your drapes with us.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.

Flame certificates – check! Burn samples – check! 24 hour service – check! Our well maintained inventory is ready for your show, from LA to New York and Boston.

Simple, Competitive Pricing & No Bill Backs.

Square foot pricing makes budgeting a breeze. And our optional damage waiver insurance offers coverage for road wear and tear, and means you don’t get billed back for damages.

An Inventory on Your Screen.

With our newly redesigned website, it’s never been easier to find exactly the drapes and answers you’re looking for. Our rental drape details and sizes are all viewable at the click of your mouse

8 03, 2011

Congratulations to John Rios of Grafix Jam

By |March 8th, 2011|News|0 Comments

For those of you who are regular followers of this blog, you know how much we love the artwork of John Rios of Grafix Jam.  Not only has he created the artwork for our annual Sew What? shirts for the last two years, but we have happily recommended him to a number of our music tour clients.

Today, I want to congratulate John on the achievement of a dream.  For years, John dreamed of having his artwork published in Rolling Stone magazine.  Despite his best (and worst!) attempts, that dream wan’t realized, and eventually that dream was put aside.   

Well, in January, his dream finally came true, albeit in a roundabout way.  Late last year, John was selected to produce the artwork for Kid Rock’s 40th Birthday Bash at Ford Field in Detriot as well as his Born Free Tour.  This was a great honor for John, and of course his artwork (as always) is terrific.  But John never imagined that this project would finally get his artwork into Rolling Stone, which included photos of Kid Rock at his 40th Birthday Bash, with a backdrop featuring John’s artwork prominently seen in several photos.   Incredible work, John, and congratulations on having that long-forgotten dream come true.

Read more about it on John’s blog at, and make sure to check out the link to the photos on Rolling Stone online.

3 03, 2011

Flame Retardancy throughout the World

By |March 3rd, 2011|Education, Flame Retardancy|0 Comments

Sew What? certifies its custom stage curtains and digitally printed backdrops as flame retardant according to specific standards and regulations.  All flame retardant fabrics are certified to NFPA 701, the national standard, and most are also certified according to California’s Title 19 regulation as well as New York City requirements.

However, as we work so frequently with the music touring industry, we are frequently asked whether our fabrics meet flame retardancy standards in other countries.  This question is, understandably, quite difficult to answer.  The first question is, what countries will the tour visit?  Just as there are a variety of flame retardancy standards in the United States, there are a variety of standards worldwide.  In Europe alone, I can think of three different flame retardancy standards – British, German, and French. 

For Europe, we can make informed suggestions on a few fabrics, based on testing performed by U.S. laboratories according to U.K., German or French standards.  However, very few fabrics have been tested in the U.S. for European standards (such testing can be cost prohibitive).  And even with the fabrics that have been tested, those test results typically are not accepted by European venues, as the venues typically want to see that a fabric has been tested by a laboratory in the specific country.  The U.K. wants to see test results from a U.K. laboratory, Germany wants to see German lab tests, and so on.

And that is just one region.  Think of the many international locations that a music tour might visit – Asia, Australia, Africa – the list is endless.  It is, for all intents and purposes, impossible for Sew What? (or any other U.S. drapery provider) to know if a fabric will meet flame retardancy standards in every international concert location.  So, in many cases, the solution is to provide fabric samples to the tour in advance.  This allows the tour’s production team to work with local companies in all the countries to which it will visit, to facilitate FR testing and certification for each country in advance.  Unfortunately, this can be a time-consuming (and, I imagine, a costly) process.  Still, I suppose it beats purchasing a whole new set of custom stage curtains in eah country on the tour!