Posted on Sunday, October 8th, 2023
Pat always described himself as “just a basic signpainter,” but he was much more than that. He was a great friend and a humble, warm guy who always had time to talk signs and encourage others who were interested in signpainting and pinstriping.
Pat had a style of his own—with clean, effective layouts, beautiful scripts, free-flowing casuals, great color choices. He was still working every day in the same shop that he was in when we met him in 1984, turning out hand-lettered signs and truck graphics every day, along with high impact stock car lettering.
As a teen in the late 1950s, Pat started pinstriping, which led him to signpainting. A racing fan, he started lettering stock cars and developed quite a reputation. In the late ’60s, Bob Behounek was fascinated with hand lettering and remembers discovering Pat’s work.
“At 15, I had my Dad drive me 60 miles to a racetrack to see more of Pat’s stock car lettering,” Bob says, laughing. “They looked great. He lettered a lot of them—and when they got wrecked, he lettered them again. I got to know Pat and later worked with him on plenty of projects. He was a real inspiration.”
Pat was an inspiration and mentor to many, and his loss is a big loss to the sign painting world. He was a very active member of the Chicago Brushmasters and had helped at all their charity events over the years.
We can’t think of a better way to remember Pat than by sharing a few of the features we did on his work in SignCraft over the years with everyone. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to click the articles and flip the pages to enjoy his work.