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About the Owner/Business

 

Sic•Skinz came about in 2009 after founder and CEO Brien Tomassetti, left a partnership with then-operating "RockenWraps."

"I was sitting at home after packing up my gear and pulling out of RW, when my phone rings. It's Shawn Drover of Megadeth. He says to me, 'I need you to make me up a couple heads for the tour next month.' to which I reply, 'Sorry, Bud, I don't do that anymore.' To which he responds, 'Well you should. And, I will be your first customer, since you are who I dealt with, I prefer to keep it that way.' So I went to my old partner and asked if I could purchase some of his old gear from him, and told him I was starting up my own operation, he sold me the gear, and I was off and running. The very first set of heads I did for Shawn as an independant provider is pictured in the graphic at the top of this page".

"From that point, I have been able to successfully meet the needs of some of the biggest names in the music industry. And, some of the smallest. And, I think it's because I treat the smaller clients like bigger clients, and bigger clients like friends, that I get a lot of repeat business."

Brien Tomassetti was born in Rochester, NY in 1966 and was raised on both sides of the globe (in Guam and Florida). He graduated High School in Tampa, FL from Robinson Sr High School, and obtained a Graphic Design degree at the Tampa Technological Institute with a 4.0 GPA.

He plays guitar, has released a CD, has played to crowds bigger than the average band, has founded his own label and publishing companies, and is highly respected amongst his peers for his ideals, beliefs, talents, and skill sets. He is far from introverted and is not afraid to speak up and correct a client before they make a costly mistake. So much so, that he has even talked customers OUT of working with him because he felt another business would be able to serve them better. But, he didn't stop there, he then presented those clients with contact info, etc. to assist them. "I refer business, and business is often referred to me. I feel it's the way the world SHOULD run, not full of corporate secrets and middle-men."

He is married, has one cat, and drives a white 1994 Toyota 4x4 pickup. But, he is not a minimalist by any means, as he also owns about twenty guitars, four Marshall stacks, and close to fifty effects pedals. He is a self-proclaimed music gear whore/entrepreneur.

Oh, and if you were wondering, Brien's band is now defunct, but the EP is still available through iTunes at:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/vol.-one-ep/id521597060

There is also a single available at:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/13-steps-single/id892949046


Business FAQ's:

So, just what are Sic•Skinz?

Simply put, Sic•Skinz are graphic printed drum wraps that are high-heat laminated resulting in a thick enough wrap to be strong, but thin enough to be pliable and easy to work with. Our wraps do not need glue or any adhesive to mount them on your drums, but they do come with a 1.5" wide piece of double-stick tape on one end of the wrap to lock the seam down. Your lugs and hardware do the rest! This allows for the wraps to be easily removed or replaced with a new design without harming your original finish. They also work wonderfully as the original finish on new drums. Sic•Skinz are currently being used on drums manufactured by OCP, Silver Drums, Revelation Drums, Viper Drums, Ddrum, Pearl, Ludwig, Sonor, DW, Tama, Yamaha, and more.

How do Sic•Skinz Drum Wraps get installed?

The wraps are designed to go directly on top of your existing finish. Just remove all hardware, wrap the product around the drum, pull tight, and adhere the tape at the end. Reinstall hardware... done. All orders come with clear and concise installation instructions (you can download a PDF of that form here). They are extremely simple to put on and look absolutely amazing! Oh yeah... and now we have some simple videos showing how to do it properly on our Installation page of this site.

Does Sic•Skinz sell traditional Mother of Pearl or Glass Glitter or Sparkle wraps?

Unfortunately, not any longer. We suggest you look up www.PrecisionDrum.com for those types of traditional Delmar coverings.

How do I submit a custom design?

If you are wanting a custom wrap we can do that too. We can either have our designers create something for you using your ideas, or you can submit your own artwork (imagery, pictures, band logo, even cloning another celebrity's kit). All submitted artwork or imagery MUST be at least 300DPI and in TIF, JPG, EPS, or GIF format. And MUST be at least 10" x 10" in size. Anything smaller or of lower resolution tends to come out "fuzzy", pixelated, or out of focus. Custom design wraps cost an additional one-time $30.00 fee to lay out and template, but it covers ANY wraps you do of that design, even ones in the future when you decide to expand your kit as we keep all artwork on file for you.

Am I restricted to the content of my custom design?

No, we very rarely care what it is you want on your kit, after all... you will be the one seen with it in public. All we ask is that you be responsible. We've actually done a wrap of Playboy Playmates and it looked really cool when we did it... but, it was tasteful too. Often times we get people asking if we can copy a design of a famous celebrity. Sometimes we can, sometimes we cannot. Case in point: Someone asked if we could reproduce the Pictures of Lily kit of Keith Moon's. We contacted Premier Drums and they said "NO!" because the imagery belonged to the Keith Moon Estate and they will not give it out. "Ouch!"... but to copy Vinnie Paul's old Diamondback is totally acceptable, because it is a pattern based on a real animals skin, and not copyrighted. So, it depends on the situation, all you have to do is ask. We won't come to your house with armed thugs laden with batons and duct tape, we'll often just say "yes", or "no", and leave it at that.

How do I order my sizes?

Sizes may be ordered at the point when you choose a design you like and click the thumbnail. It will direct you to a shopping cart page of that particular design which will have all of the drum sizes to choose from, not to mention a colorful and most often FUN & ENTERTAINING description of that design (courtesy of the never-ending wit of our faithful CEO). You just check off the sizes you need and the shopping cart does the rest. If the size you need is not listed, just call us direct at 1.800.768.4518 and we can help you right over the phone to take your order and will more than likely add it to our selectable size listing on the site to help others in the future.

How much do Sic•Skinz wraps and/or heads cost?

The pricing of our wraps are very reasonable and are determined by the size of your drums you wish to cover. A pricing sheet can be viewed here.

How do I pay for my order?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, and PayPal. We also accept Money Orders, Personal & Corporate Checks, and Wire Transfers (The latter very rarely comes into practice as the amount for a set of wraps tends to be highly affordable, but does come into play when ordering fully-wrapped drumkits). Orders paid for by Credit Card or PayPal get processed immediately and MAY go out within 24 to 48 hours in most cases (although we request a two to four week turnaround time due to our Metallic Wraps and/or having to order supplies. Orders paid for by check will go into production only AFTER the check has cleared our bank (which in most cases can be 7 to 10 days AFTER we receive the check).

Do you allow for returns or replacements?

As outlined in our shopping cart "Store Policies", our Return Policy allows for returns based solely on damaged product, or wrong orders/sizes only. Al claims based on damage must be accompanied with a claim through the carrier and accompanied by photographs of the damaged parcel PRIOR to opening. By "wrong orders" we mean "wrong design received" (example: You ordered a Lizard Skin, and received a Tribal Pattern with Skulls). We do not allow for returns based on your expectation of colors or shades/hues of colors or seam line-up. The reason is this, every computer monitor, the Internet, web browser, and magazine or catalog represents shades of certain colors and effects differently, and every drum manufacturer builds drums of slightly different circumferences and depths. That being the case, we cannot be held responsible for color issues and seam line-up issues. Additionally, solid colors such as Black can appear under certain light sources as containing a hue or tint of green or blue. This is from the UV protectant in the making of the wrap. So, we cannot accept returns on those either. While this may seem strict, we ask you to understand that since every wrap is made custom, we cannot re-sell your wraps... therefore any return must be recycled and would be a 100% loss to us. Any valid return request must be received by us prior to a replacement set of wraps being shipped out. All claims MUST be reported within 14 days of receipt for us to honor them. All product must be returned in un-damaged condition to Sic•Skinz prior to replacement or refund. Absolutely no returns accepted if the product has been installed on your drums.

Do you sell Internationally?

Yes, as a matter of fact... we do. However, due to the unscrupulous acts of some individuals who fraudulently like to rip U.S. businesses off; we ask that any International purchases through our site be paid via wire transfer, bank check, or you must be a tangible business with a corporate account. We once had someone in Singapore try to rip us for two higher-end Ddrum kits and luckily we nailed them before they took us for almost 7 grand! So, you can see why we now do things the way we do. We run a legitimate business and all we request is that our International friends please do the same :)
 

Brien performing live at Studio Seven, Seattle, WA.

Agents of Chaos - Volume One, Brien's old band, where he wrote, co-wrote, co-mixed, co-produced, and designed the EP.

 

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