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Sign Painting is a dying art and profession. back this project, get a cool sign or t-shirt and help the sign painter live on. Read more

Chicago, IL Painting
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Sign Painting is a dying art and profession. back this project, get a cool sign or t-shirt and help the sign painter live on.

Chicago, IL Painting
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About this project

We launched a our first Sign Painters Kickstarter project in May of 2012 and after it was funded on July 1st. We received a ton of emails about how people could purchase a sign, buy the DVD when its completed or even better, can we write a book? Teach workshops? As we near the end of our first Kickstarter, we thought it only made sense to launch a new Kickstarter to help fund a sign painters manual and develop sign painting workshops in Chicago.

Below you will learn more about the rewards which include actual hand painted signs, sign painted "inspired" shirts, a book, workshops and I will even FLY to you to hand letter your room, office, wall, windows or whatever you want that I can fit into the time frame allowed.

Take a look below and pick a reward that fits you best! Thank you for supporting the art of sign painting.

Just a few of the 285 signs from our first Kickstarter project. That's a lot of signs!
Just a few of the 285 signs from our first Kickstarter project. That's a lot of signs!

Sign painting is truly a lost art and thanks to backers of my first project, it has picked up steam in the Chicagoland area as I recently was interviewed by a local magazine. It has also spawned other interviews from all over the United States and kind words of encouragement from throughout the world. I only hope for the sign painting machine to pick up even more momentum and through this project, you can help me as I pass on decades of tricks from the sign painting trade.

My first paid job in 1970. Chicago, IL.
My first paid job in 1970. Chicago, IL.
I was trained to letter signs at the Instiute of Lettering & Design in Chicago.
I was trained to letter signs at the Instiute of Lettering & Design in Chicago.
Hand Painting a paper sign - The most cost effective and attractive sign out there!
Hand Painting a paper sign - The most cost effective and attractive sign out there!

Risks and challenges

Kickstarter is truly a unique way to do a creative project. And even though I have been lettering signs for over 40 years, it taught me a lot about what I can handle in terms of work load. I have designed the backer rewards this time around to deliver great looking hand painted signs to within a reasonable time frame. I have worked with my team (my sons) to research the best and most effective way to publish the Sign Painters Manual, silk screen some great looking t-shirts and develop a sign painting workshop that can help carry on the sign painting trade.

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    Pledge $10 or more
    About $10 USD

    5 backers

    Sign Painters Postcard - A postcard designed by me inspired by sign painting with a personal note thanking you for your support

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    Pledge $30 or more
    About $30 USD

    16 backers

    Sign Painters T-Shirt - We will send you our custom designed t-shirt of choice that help support the art and profession of sign painting. Choose from two designs: "The Right Way" or "Soda vs. Pop" .

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    Pledge $50 or more
    About $50 USD

    13 backers

    A Sign Painted Just For You! - We will paint a 8.5"x11" sign on MDO wood (the old fashioned way) with your name or favorite quote. Up to three colors.

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    Pledge $60 or more
    About $60 USD

    24 backers

    The Sign Painters Manual - This book written and designed by Ches Perry will help go over the old school fundamentals of sign painting and sign design. This is a great manual with awesome illustrations and tutorials, a great buy for any designer or artist. Includes 8.5"x11" custom show card sign of a name or quote.

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    Pledge $75 or more
    About $75 USD

    0 backers

    Sign Painting DVD. From our first Kickstarter, in post production and offered with a 8.5"x11" custom show card sign of a name or quote.

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    Pledge $100 or more
    About $100 USD

    5 backers

    "It's A Sign" - A Custom hand painted 16"x24" sign of your name, quote, design or logo on MDO wood. Signed and shipped to your door.

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    Pledge $150 or more
    About $150 USD

    15 backers

    Sign Painters Kit - We will send you a t-shirt of your choice, The Sign Painters Manual, and custom sign 18"x24" MDO wood sign to your door with your company logo, design, name or quote. Note: T-Shirt & book will ship when released.

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    Pledge $250 or more
    About $250 USD

    5 backers

    Sign Painters Custom Design - We will design a 18"x24" custom MDO wood sign for you from scratch that you can proudly display in your home or office. Sign can be cut by hand to a shape per request. Includes a t-shirt of choice.

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    Pledge $500 or more
    About $500 USD

    2 backers Limited (28 left of 30)

    Sign Painters Workshop - Classes in our Chicago studio teaching you the basic fundamentals of sign painting. The workshop will begin in the spring of 2013 and backers will have the choice of 4 - 2hr classes or one full day workshop.

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    Pledge $750 or more
    About $750 USD

    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    The Sign Logo - A custom hand drawn logo for your business or organization. 5 logo concepts and unlimited revisions. Logo converted to clean vector format for print and web use. Backers of this reward will also receive the Sign Painters Kit rewards.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more
    About $1,000 USD

    0 backers

    The Vintage Painter - Up to a 4'x8' custom hand painted sign of a vintage sign (replica), original design or sign for your home or office. Sign will be painted on MDO wood and can be cut to any shape per request. Backers of this reward will also receive the Sign Painters Kit rewards.

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    Pledge $2,500 or more
    About $2,500 USD

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    The "Get Us Funded" Level - We need a little over $2,100 to get funded, so we are designing a special reward to put us over our goal.

    We will design the following for you: A custom hand painted sign with hand gold leaf for your business that you can hand inside or outside; a custom logo; a mini documentary of your sign and logo being made; a custom poster designed and silk-screened (QTY 50 - 18"x24"); and all of the $150 level benefits. All of this designed by a sign painter from Chicago which will give it a unique look.

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    Pledge $5,000 or more
    About $5,000 USD

    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    The Chicago Sign Painter - Do you have a store, office or brick wall that you would like painted by a professional sign painter in the midwest? Backers will receive up to five days of work, custom design work and a mini documentary about this project. Project dates to start Spring of 2012 for indoor/outdoor projects. Backers of this reward will also receive the Sign Painters Kit rewards.

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Funding period

- (45 days)