Interviews

Blog posts where people with points of view on ghostsigns and hand painted advertising are interviews, either by the blog or by others such as radio and television interviews.






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I took N Quentin Woolf of Londonist Out Loud on a portion of my Ghostsigns Walking Tour in Stoke Newington. The result is this podcast (here on itunes, and here on Londonist) which we managed to record despite the myriad noises and distractions on the […]

Ghostsigns on Londonist Out Loud


Fading painted sign on a wall advertising Bisleri Ferro-China and Remy Martin Cognac
If you don’t already follow Frank Jump’s Fading Ad blog then I’d highly recommend you do so. Frank is a long-time friend and author of the book about New York’s widespread collection of fading ads. His ‘Uptown Correspondent‘ is Iman Abdulfattah and recently he has […]

Five Amazing Egyptian Ghostsigns from Iman Abdulfattah


Two fading painted signs advertising B.B.Te and Van Houten Cacao 4
Ghostsigns are a truly global phenomenon and the latest installment on my virtual travels comes courtesy of Hanne Andersen from Copenhagen, Denmark. She says that it’s her ‘hobby to find them’ and the evidence here is that the Danish were no slouches when it came […]

Danish Ghostsigns in Copenhagen



Born and Raised by David A Smith and John Mayer
This has left me speechless. Sublime. Ridiculous. Unbelievable. Thank you to David, John and Danny for bringing the story of this piece of work to life through film. An incredible follow up to the last one.

Born and Raised from David A Smith, John Mayer and ...


Fragment of hand-painted sign for Lewis Stone 7
Today sees the publication of the UK’s first ghostsigns book. Liverpool Ghost Signs by Caroline and Phil Bunford is “a sideways look at the city’s advertising history” and features over 150 images of fading, crumbling and disused signage. Caroline and Phil were almost single-handedly responsible […]

Liverpool Ghost Signs by Caroline and Phil Bunford


Screen shot from the Sign Painter's Dream
The Sign Painter’s Dream from WVPT on Vimeo. The above episode of Reading Rainbow featured a reading of Roget Roth’s children’s book, The Sign Painter’s Dream. That ends at about ten minutes in and then it cuts to some interesting material about Times Square’s ‘spectaculars’, […]

The Sign Painter’s Dream




The Circulating Library sign from Bath is certainly one of the most popular and regularly photographed ghostsigns in the UK [See comments on this post for some more on this sign]. However, this is the first time I’ve seen it appear in watercolour. This painting […]

Lyndsey Smith and the signs of Bath and Lewes


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



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


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