Profile: Scott Bouma

By signcraft

Posted on Sunday, May 15th, 2022

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Shop name: Scott’s Signs

Location: Grandville, Michigan

Size: 5500 sq. ft.

Age: 65

Staff: 5, including Scott

Graphics equipment:

FlexiSign software

Roland SolJet XR640 printer

Graphtec cutter

During spring break of his senior year of high school in 1975, Scott Bouma headed to Daytona Beach, Florida. As he watched the airbrush artists painting t-shirts, he decided that was what he wanted to do. A few months later he opened a t-shirt shop in a mall in his native Grandville, Michigan, which is just outside of Grand Rapids.

“By the early ’80s, I was pinstriping trucks,” says Scott, “and then people started asking me to letter their trucks. That was before computers, so there was a lot of production sign work. We had to knock it out and it was fun. Later I started doing some carved signs.

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