Best Hand-Painted Signs

More than just a lyric from the second-best Ace of Base song, I Saw The Sign is also the name of a local sign-painting company owned and operated by Meghan Wood and Stinky Barnes. Together they fancy up local bars, restaurants and shops with expertly executed hand-painted lettering and designs. The groovy Instagrammable murals in the new Dive Motel? I Saw The Sign did those. That giant hand-gilded gold map in Char? Yup, also their work. They’ve painted for Mas Tacos, Retrograde Coffee, Elephant Gallery, The Green Pheasant, Noelle and more. And this year was their biggest yet — literally. They hand-painted a two-sided 16-by-32-foot billboard for Honest Abe Log Homes, which you can see on I-40. MEGAN SELING

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