Monthly Archives: July 2012


Hand painted counter with the words, "Who let the dogs in...who...who...who?"
Walldog is the nickname given to those that once roamed the USA painting signs and slogans on brick walls, roadside barns and any other surface capable of providing a canvass for their advertising art. The International Walldog Mural & Sign Art Museum is a celebration of […]

The International Walldog Mural & Sign Art Museum





Mural depicting men hanging out on the steps of a house
Daniel Lohmann kindly shared the link to this archive of Los Angeles mural photography from Ernest A. Long. There is an introductory article on the Getty education blog and the collection contains 200 images, all taken between 1973 and 1883. Like London it seems that Los […]

Los Angeles murals photographed by Ernest A. Long










Large sign above American diner 1
Bennie Frazier’s retro fashion store in Sweetwater, Texas, is an unlikely home for a collection of original artworks from Bill Martin, late resident of the same town. These depict the colourful roadside signs that once characterised American highways, often using neon and sometimes as big […]

American Roadside sign art from Bill Martin


Signpainter applying red paint to coca cola sign on a white wall 2
The Salisbury Ghost Sign Restoration Project is an initiative of three enthusiasts in North Carolina. They have recently unveiled their first two restorations, both for Coca-Cola signs, so I thought it was time to catch up with one of the trio, Justin Dionne to find […]

Salisbury Ghost Sign Restoration Project



Hand painted sign on a building in Melbourne advertising Jans Bros 1
Finding the Radio Book is a fascinating piece of work being undertaken by Dr Stefan Schutt of Victoria University. It all started with a piece of paper floating in the wind and has now evolved into a research project focussed on the archival records of […]

Melbourne’s Ghostsigns with Finding the Radio Book


Screen shot of hand painted sign by Derek McDonald of Golden West Sign Arts
Another signpainter profiled on film, this time Derek McDonald of Golden West Sign Arts, one of the craftsman who worked on this year’s ‘Declaration of Independence’ campaign for Jack Daniel’s. More from Derek in this extended article from Oakland North. Is it just me or […]

Derek McDonald film and interview






Corner of building showing portion of hand painted sign for Owl Cigars 2
Kasey Smith of the Perception Filter blog has just posted this fascinating piece of investigative research into the origins of the Owl Cigars ghostsign on Meacham Place, San Francisco. Can you think of any other theories that would explain its unlikely position given the evidence […]

Owl Cigars ghostsign mystery in San Francisco





Sign Painters book cover by Ira Coyne 1
The Signpainter Movie project have just released this cover design for the book to accompany the film. Hand painted by Ira Coyne (featured previously here) it has certainly whetted my appetite for the planned October launch date. Visit the project blog to read more about […]

Sign Painters book cover painted by Ira Coyne



Horse heads cave painting from the Chauvet cave Ardèche 4
I’ve become increasingly intrigued by the origins of painting on walls, and the evolution of the form over time, up to the current vogue for street art.  While the walls of caves were not made of brick, they did nonetheless provide people with an early […]

The origins of painting on walls



Brixton Windmill by London Mural Preservation Society 2
Check out this photo essay from the London Mural Preservation Society documenting their project to repaint Brixton’s Windmill mural.  It is a fantastic achievement and a vibrant and colourful result at the end of this undertaking which involved many people from the community and beyond. […]

The restoration of the Brixton Windmill mural