The Timeless Art of Hand-Painted Signs


If you walked into a business in Southern California at the turn of the 20th Century, you encountered a world of unique and attractive hand-painted signs. The technology was limited in those days. Business owners had to depend on talented artists with the ability to understand marketing and advertising concepts, but over time, this became a lost art. In fact, most sign companies don't offer these services today. But at Dave's Signs, we recognize the importance of hand-painting signs, and there is still a place in 21st Century marketing for this timeless art. Here are some examples to prove this point.

Hand Painted Signs - The Lark

Lark Restaurant in Santa Barbara

The Lark Restaurant is named after a historic Southern Pacific Railroad Pullman train that served the area from the first part of the 20th Century until the late 1960s. It's located in the Fish Market building, and the business reflects the retro atmosphere of the arts district known as the Funk Zone. What better way to preserve the past than with historic hand-painted letters (on the building exterior) with classic barn lighting?

Hand Painted Signs - Toppers Pizza Place

When Signage Becomes a Part of Your Business

There's no other way to superimpose beautiful artwork on brick walls than with hand-painted signs created by artistic people that understand the lost art of working with their hands. Toppers Pizza in Channel Islands Harbor is a perfect illustration of signage that is as beautiful as it is unique. We did similar work for Finney’s Crafthouse & Kitchen, located in Westlake Village.

Hand Painted Signs - Finney's Crafthouse & Kitchen

Hand Painted Signs and Custom Graphics

Dave's Signs can design and create just about any kind of custom signage you can imagine. From hand painting to printed graphics, your signs can be totally unique and effective. To see some of the amazing work we can do for you, check out our custom graphics sign gallery or call (805) 641-1387 today.

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This is a blog about signs. We highlight the different types of signs: signs we've created for our customers, history of sign design and today's cutting edge sign technologies. Ask a question about signs, and you'll likely find the answer here.

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Spencer Makenzies Neon Sign

Here we go into detail on some of the custom signs we've done. Including Spencer Makenzie’s Neon SignTopper’s Pizza Neon Signs in the Oxnard Harbor, and The Historic Ventura Pole Sign. Check back with us. We'll have more case studies of signs posted in the near future.

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Saloon BBQ Custom Sign

We've designed, fabricated, installed and serviced signs all over southern California. Here are some highlighted areas near you including VenturaOxnard and Santa Barbara. Check back soon for more updates.

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We Make Beautiful Neon Signs in Our On-Site Facility

Dave’s Signs has perfected the art of neon signs. We can handle all sizes of neon signage, from the small intricate signs to the eye-catching, large neon signs. Ask us for a personalized quote or contact us for any questions you may have about neon signage.

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Superior Graphic Design for our Custom Signs

Graphic design is not all about artistic skill; many outside factors influence how well the sign will work in its location. We are familiar with these outside influences, so we set out to develop each design to stand out in beauty and function, given each unique location. Whether you are purchasing a pylon sign, backlit channel letter sign, neon sign, or any custom sign, we use our creative graphic design talents to make it stand out. Contact us for questions about graphic design and signs.

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