We recently collaborated with our sign painter friend Kenji Nakayama of Need Signs Will Paint on a beautiful set of sandwich boards for Orchard Skateshop in Allston. Screen printing was needed for this project because Orchard wanted to display a series of small brand logos that were just too small to hand paint.
Sign-painters enamel was used for the ink, both to match the colors of the work Kenji was doing as well as making sure the imagery would survive the elements everyday in Allston. With the added difficulty of printing enamel and the fact that there was no margin for error on the signs, I asked Kenji to let me print before he painted the signs.
Unfortunately, he had already painted them! I received two beautiful signs, ready to receive the brand logos. If I messed up my prints, Kenji would have to paint his entire sign over again or we’d have to come up with another solution.
The print gods were smiling on me as I worked on this project. The results are amazing and I’m happy to share the photos from this successful set of prints.