Monthly Archives: August 2012




Watercolour by Dana Forrester showing two classic cars in front of a painted wall sign for Wrigley's Doublemint gum 1
Work on my book means that I haven’t been blogging as diligently as usual so this is getting back to it. Through William Stage (author of ‘Ghost Signs‘) I became acquainted with American watercolour artist Dana Forrester. Dana is an artist who uses ghostsigns in […]

Dana Forrester, ghostsigns and classic cars




Painted sign on a wall for Colt showing a cowboy on a horse
In 2009 the Colorado Gambler published an article by Cathleen Norman called ‘Walldogs, Ghost Signs and Slappy Hooper’. It packs a surprisingly large quantity of material about the history of painting signs on walls in the USA into a very short piece. However, the opening […]

Walldogs, Ghost Signs and Slappy Hooper


Hand painted welcome sign for Small London in Nigeria 1
I didn’t think I’d end up writing about the major sporting event beginning with ‘O’ in my home town of London. That was until I came across this TV spot from Nike. It features many of the other ‘Londons’ found in the world, including, at […]

TV commercial features hand painted sign for Small London, Nigeria








Hand painted sign in sky blue on a building advertising Radio 2KY
I’ve just come across this article in ProDesign magazine which profiles Mark Spurgeon of the Preserve project in New Zealand. I’ve written about Mark’s work before and how there are parallels with my own interest in ghostsigns.  This article reinforces those similarities. You can visit […]

Mark Spurgeon’s Preserve project in ProDesign