In recent years distressed signs have become very popular. Distressed means that different processes were used in the creation of the signs to make them look old even though they are in fact new. The advantages are many. By using new materials and simply making them look old you have the assurance that the sign is not in fact rotted, water damaged or otherwise subject to falling apart. But the biggest advantage is the ability to create whatever you want instead of spending years combing antiques dealers and flea markets for something you will likely not find.


The longtime locals remember the original Fuller’s built in 1901, but which closed in 1989 due to the building being condemned. The owners of the new Fuller’s wanted to pay homage to the original with a sign that looked as old as it’s namesake but was large enough to be clearly seen from the intersection.

Red Rocket Signs

When I moved into this space nearly 30 years ago, Rio’s Beauty Salon was on the other side of this cinderblock wall. The business closed upon Rio’s untimely passing a few years back. In her honor I painted her business name on the wall as an underpainting before painting my company logo over it.