I was very honored to speak at Kaneko for the Letter Arts Alliance. Sign painting as tradition, is passed down from master to apprentice. It’s something that resonates deeply with me, I spoke here on my approach to work and on the process in which sign painting and graffiti play a role.with so many talented people, Sharon Davis from Arbor Street Studios did a great job putting this together, speaking and pooling the talents of one of my mentors Rick Dolphens from Dolphens Design and Sign and PinStripe Legend Jim Curran. The Omaha Motion Post put a great video of the experience check it out!
A restaurateur, I’ve done work with in the past, asked me to create a bear head in a geometric style for a project. He wasn’t sure of anything other than he wanted this bear. I start out drawing the idea out here over coffee at one of my favorite places. With the concept locked in, and his blessing I started fabrication. Originally brazing the steel bear, but after realizing the time/budget restrictions I opted to wire weld.
At the heart of the historic district in Omaha, Nebraska, there’s a southwest style restaurant called Stokes. They needed a screen solution from the neighboring bar and needed to to match the existing interior decor. So I photographed, then recreated it for the CNC plasma cutter. We welded in place a divider between the neighboring patio. Accelerating the rusting process with an acid mixture was one technique used.
Here’s Bob Yard is welding into place. The window lettering for 12 of the windows in a silver metallic.
this is the teaser/