Stripes and graphics in a small market
Mike Chamberlin and Mark Kramer work the striping jobs in with the sign projects
Posted on Monday, August 28th, 2017
For Mike Chamberlin and Mark Kramer, hand lettering led to an interest in pinstriping— as it has for many sign painters. If you can handle a brush to make letters, the idea of decorating vehicles with striping and graphics is a natural move. Making the shift from the tight, disciplined world of lettering to the loose, spontaneous world of striping can be a lot of fun.
Mike’s shop, Vital Signs, is in Verona, Wisconsin, which has a population of about 11,000. Verona is a suburb of Madison, which has a population of about 250,000, and the shop serves part of that market as well.
“Pinstriping is fun and I really enjoy doing it,” says Mike. “You’re working with a brush and playing with designs and colors. I like airbrush work, too. It’s a nice change of pace from building signs and doing trucks.”