Sign Painter’s Paint

In Detroit today, I met Heidi Tullmann , an artist and sign painter. She was at work painting a metal tank for Ryan Doyle’s Gon-KiRin, which means sleeping dragon. I asked Heidi which paint she uses. “I only use one kind,” she said. She held up a can of 1 Shot.

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12 thoughts on “Sign Painter’s Paint

  1. I remember my dad (an old school sign painter) buying this stuff by the cases.  Too bad one-stroke lettering is replaced by cut vinyl letting.  One-stoke letting is truly amazing to see in action. 

  2. I wrote in another post here years ago about seeing an old school sign painter painting the logo art/text on my childhood barber shop window (after vandals had smashed the old glass). Watching him work, with his can of black One-Shot and silver highlighting paint, ancient-looking, but well-kept brushes, and his mahl stick, was like magic to me and I never forgot it. The confidence with which he painted perfectly curved and weighted lines was amazing and beautiful.

  3. I was really lucky to grow up in the 50’s and 60’s in SoCal. Back in those days there were sign painters and pin stripers everywhere. One-Shot is all any of them used and watching them pull a line was a thing of beauty. But sad to say like so many other crafts it’s a dying art. the computer and vinyl has taken over.

  4. I was really lucky to grow up in the 50’s and 60’s in SoCal. Back in those days there were sign painters and pin stripers everywhere. One-Shot is all any of them used and watching them pull a line was a thing of beauty. But sad to say like so many other crafts it’s a dying art. the computer and vinyl has taken over.

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DALE DOUGHERTY is the leading advocate of the Maker Movement. He founded Make: Magazine 2005, which first used the term “makers” to describe people who enjoyed “hands-on” work and play. He started Maker Faire in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, and this event has spread to nearly 200 locations in 40 countries, with over 1.5M attendees annually. He is President of Make:Community, which produces Make: and Maker Faire.

In 2011 Dougherty was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” through an initiative that honors Americans who are “doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.” At the 2014 White House Maker Faire he was introduced by President Obama as an American innovator making significant contributions to the fields of education and business. He believes that the Maker Movement has the potential to transform the educational experience of students and introduce them to the practice of innovation through play and tinkering.

Dougherty is the author of “Free to Make: How the Maker Movement Is Changing our Jobs, Schools and Minds” with Adriane Conrad. He is co-author of "Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing American Cities" with Peter Hirshberg and Marcia Kadanoff.

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