Weathered Signs

Weathered Signs

Posted on in All New, Signage

Chicago has some of the best examples of hand-painted signage in the world! Many of these signs are very old and barely discernible, but that’s what makes them even more appealing. You’re like an urban archeologist when you gaze upwards and spot an old sign you’ve never seen before. There seems to be interest in making newer murals look older, using sandblasting and faux-finish techniques:

Most of the murals featured here will be naturally deteriorated. In some cases I’ve photographed murals that have been freshly painted over. Even with nothing there, you still look! Something about the muted coloration of an old mural, juxtaposed against the texture of the firebrick makes your eyes want to scan. Even in the absence of an advertisement, one’s eyes are intrigued by the texture of white-washed firebrick:

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3 responses to “Weathered Signs”

  1. Rebecka says:

    I recall one that I took a picture of in chicago while I was there in 2004, it said “rose exterminator co” and had a cheerful picture in blue and red with a man in black and white taking care of roses. But maybe that is a newer one and more for commercial.
    keep up the good work Jay!

  2. Tom says:

    I like the site and I will be returning again.

    Thanks Jay

  3. buch419 says:

    something about the vertical bridge leading to the clouds screams modern-day jack (or rather, jay) and the beanstalk. luv your stuff!!