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Post by Inca on Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:27 am

Hi fatmax lovers,
I know im a minority here, but i got to admit that I dont' like my fatmax,
I have been eyeing other setups and had thoughts about switching,
At gigs my fatmax is closed, otherwise kids touch my stuff, and I end up using it primarily as a storage/tranportaion box.
opening and closing it at gigs takes too much effort where as if I used drawers it might have been easier for me.
please share your secrets... maybe i am missing something here?
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Post by artyfacesbyluz on Mon Aug 15, 2011 3:51 am

I have used my FAT MAX only 2 times, (I got it this week) and I love it so far, I believe kids touch your stuff more easy when you use a table, It is so quick to set up and clean up, you use everything directly from there, the only con I see it is that is heavy.
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Post by CABBYJ on Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:42 am

I find it easier to monitor the hands since things are much closer to me vs. my table. I also love the ease of only having to make 1 trip to unload my stuff!
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Post by CottonKandyClown on Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:56 am

I think kids are more likely going to touch your stuff if it is spread out on a table.

I open up my FatMax and work right out of it. I don't close it up until I'm finished. When I'm done with the gig, I just throw everything in it and close it up. I'm out the door in two minutes. My last festival, I tried using a table for the most part and it took me at least 10 minutes to load up and leave. I also lost a paint in the grass somewhere Sad

I love the look of a table, but kids do want to touch your stuff more since you are looking away from the table to paint the face Wink
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Post by Perry Noia on Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:50 am

I don't work out of mine, I just bring all my stuff in it. If I were only face painting, I might not need so much room, but I also have balloons, colouring books, crayons, a parachute, balls, a rubber ducky.... it's a party in a box Wink
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Post by Taradoodles on Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:56 am

Perry Noia wrote:I don't work out of mine, I just bring all my stuff in it. If I were only face painting, I might not need so much room, but I also have balloons, colouring books, crayons, a parachute, balls, a rubber ducky.... it's a party in a box Wink

Oh you have a magic box!! It sure would be fun to party with you! =0)
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Post by tanyamaldo119 on Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:03 am

Honestly I loved the setup but hated how heavy it was. I eventually destroyed mine because to get it in my minivan I had lift and swing it in. Everytime I managed to drop it in the trunk a piece would break off. After about 4 pieces breaking off I gave up on it. Im back to a suitcase.
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Post by leapinglizards on Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:05 am

I am designing a new carrying case table setup. Something that will hold my CO2 tank, hoses, air brushes, AND regular facepaint supplies, AND become a table, AND is all attached to a hand truck for easy transport.

Working on a second one that will be a cleaning station. Hold 5 gallons of water, cleaning supplies, ultrasonic cleaner, AND become a table.

I'll post pictures as they finish.

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Post by Ashley Pickin on Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:11 pm

I can't believe that facepainters(if that's all you're doing) need SO MUCH STUFF for their party gigs??

I tried a fatmax years ago when they first came out and the thing was mostly empty.. then I realized that I was lugging that thing around for no reason.

I have no idea what it is that yall are bringing to every single job, but all I'm taking is a beach bag with paint, glitter, water, sponges, brushes, mirror and cards in it. That's it. Hangs on my shoulder and weighs like 6 pounds at most.

There is no reason to carry all of that stuff.

Just use your fatmax for festivals(when you actually have to bring a ton of crap) and leave it at home the rest of the time and save your back!
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Post by Manabanana on Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:25 pm

I'm with Ashley. I have a FatMax for the big stuff.
And my Highschool book bag for everything else.... (ohhh highschool has been a while ago!) Smile
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Post by FlashM on Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:33 pm

I use a plastic tote box for sewing supplies I bought at JoAnn's for my kit . It's about the size and shape of a big picnic basket, but it's hard plastic.

I can make use out of almost all the inner containers that came with it except the one made especially for spools of thread. Nothing fits in those little pegged compartments- at least nothing I use.

The top has a shallow upper tray that holds a nice array of about 15 paints. I can scram fast from a gig by just throwing everything in the roomy under bin and putting the top on.

One warning- I had one broken by a kid who stood on it to lean over my table for a closer look.
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Post by tanyamaldo119 on Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:36 pm

I would carry my own jug of water so I would not have to search around for water at events and I carried an empty water tight container to dump my paint water in so I would not dirty anyones sink or property with it. I always kept that at the bottom of the fatmax and the top parts would be for all of my supplies and stuff.
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Post by CottonKandyClown on Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:05 pm

I bring things like a roll of paper towels, extra wipes, and bottles of water. Those goes in the bottom of my fat max. I still have room for other things if I feel I need more! LOL

I always take my own water. My first event was at a church and I kept asking for a refill on clean water. Never again! I like knowing I have the water right by my side.

I also carry a small bucket for the dirty things like dirty water, sponges, wipes, and paper towels. This fits perfectly under the fat max when rolled out. Smile I also don't want to dirty up someones sink.

I am a one woman show. I pull the fat max out, do my work, roll it back up, and out the door I go. The only thing I ask for from the customer is the check Wink

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Post by artyfacesbyluz on Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:14 pm

In the bottom I carry 10 bottles of hair spray, hair extensions, hair glue, hair gel, mirror, books, sponges and my rinse well. In the middle compartments I have one section for glitter and tattoo stuff, one for brushes and one for stamps. In the upper compartment I carry my paints.
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Post by eva on Tue Aug 16, 2011 4:21 pm

I think it's a bit much for me also, which is why I have never invested in one. I have a smaller version I carry, but I still liked my rolling scrapbook tote better than the setup I have now.
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Post by wmeventservices on Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:30 pm

I'm not big into having my fatmax loaded up with a ton of stuff and I bought it for one reason. When I used a tote to carry my stuff in, it took at least 6 minutes to set-up and break down. The fatmax brought that time down to 2 minutes setup and breakdown. In my world, that extra time just bought me a bathroom break in between gigs which I think a lot of you can agree that is priceless.

As you can see in the photo, I work right out of my fatmax. All I have to do to setup is to move my brushes and laptops to the top and fill my cup with water.

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Post by Bee Happy Design on Fri Aug 19, 2011 2:00 pm

Heck, even PARENTS touch the stuff. They love to steal my mirror.

I don't have one just because of the nature of where I work. It's not necessary. But I love my rolling backpack! Fits my kit perfectly and I just wheel it around so it saves my back. I also like to keep a simple kit with only the colors that I really use.
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Post by Manabanana on Fri Aug 19, 2011 2:30 pm

I also use my Fatmax to keep MY kids out of my kit. I have a 3 and 1 year old and things used to be EVERYWHERE! the fatmax as a locking system on it they havent figured out.....................yet.
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Post by Monna (sounds like Donna) on Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:29 pm

I love my fatmax!...Yes...it is heavy...but i NEED my stuff.. Embarassed ...or what if i do need my stuff and i don't have it.... Evil or Very Mad Laughing anyway. i love it!...but i have also seen some really other fun and great things other ladies have used..and love those too.... like the rifle case...what a great idea...and the camping sink...loved that too...i want them ALL Surprised ...i don't have a picture of my fatmax set up...will have to do that!...but i did paiint my fatmax today...and love it!...and love that i FINALLY figured out how to post a picture!!!!!...you all are an inspiration...and love alllll your ideas!...thanks!
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Post by kelly on Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:53 pm

wow your fat max looks amazing, I am in awe of your paint work absolutley brilliant.
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Post by Psalmbook on Tue Sep 20, 2011 11:25 am

Beautiful fatmax. I love that my fatmax is set up & ready to go at a moments notice. It is where I keep everything but my chair for a party & is about 2-4 minutes setup & breakdown time. It's my table & my storage & if it doesn't fit in the fatmax I don't need it. For festivals the extra stuff I need is in my Professional Face Painter bag from the forum shop(tip jars, banners, etc).
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Post by facetheart on Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:09 pm

I know I got my fatmax about 8 months ago but it is heavy and sometimes it doesn't fit in the house for the party, sometimes theres alot of steps and I have to lift it sometimes its a bother.
It is amazing for festival though couldn't live without it. I need a portable system just with the laptops for small parties not at festivals.
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Post by Luvs to paint on Thu Nov 17, 2011 1:13 am

I try and set up where one side of my fat max is always blocked, usually the right side, and I keep my back where no one stands behind me. I'm right handed, so I sit to the left of my open fat max. That just leaves the front top area exposed to the line and I keep two large pieces of thin plexiglass that I use to cover the top of my open palettes to keep nosy fingers out of my open paints. That way, the paints are covered but I can still see them. I just lift the plexi when I need access to that color. I'm thinking about devising some type of barrier using the same plexiglass but having it to stand up in some way as a "fence" across the front and sides to keep the little ones (and sometimes the big ones, lol) out of my paints. that way, I wouldn't have to keep lifting the plexi, and the kids can see my colors but 'NOT TOUCH", lol.
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Post by PerfectlyPaintedFaces on Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:43 am

I just use a tote bag and a tackle box. Tackle boxes are really handy! Mine is quite small, and I can fit all my paints, brushes, glitter, business cards, designs, face wipes AND sponges in it. Then the mirror and paper towel get tossed into the tote bag and I'm ready to go!
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Post by a face painting mom on Fri Nov 18, 2011 7:48 am

Love my fat max. The new one has drawers, but I have not seen it anywhere but in pictures here. I like having all my eggs in one basket, and the heaviness does not bother me. I keep the water out of my Max, just in case there is a leak because it lays flat in the back of the car! I just close up my fat max, grab my bucket and chairs, and I am gone out the door. It serves as my "studio" at home too Very Happy
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