August 24, 2011

Custom Vintage Subway Sign

Over the past year I’ve seen these vintage subway sign replicas all over the internet.  Now I know by this point they’re super trendy, but I’ve never claimed to be a trend setter.  I’m usually a little late to the game actually.  But none the less, I wanted to make one of these.  So I designed this and had it printed by some friends at a sign company.  It took me a while to figure out how to hang it.  Then on a jog one day, I found some old wood in an alley.  Jackpot!  I had to carry two big boards about a mile.  OK, if I were smarter, I would have driven back later to get it, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.  My dad helped me attach the sign to the wood.  He started to cut off the ends with the rusty nails, but that’s my favorite part!  I was so excited about how it turned out.  When I asked my mom she said it looked nice, except for the “ratty-old-wood”.  🙂

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I love that it’s so personal.  Here’s the story behind all of the places.

Broadway: I love New York, mostly because I LOVE Broadway.

34th ST: Every Thanksgiving my brother and I watch Miracle on 34th Street to usher in the Christmas season.

Central Park:  I love Central Park.  It’s just beautiful and I have some great memories there.

Brooklyn: mmmm… I’ve only been there once, but I’ll admit…. it just looked cool in my design. 🙂

Greenwich Village:  I love the character of the Village and I have great memories wandering around there trying to find Magnolia Bakery.

Washington Heights:  I’ve actually never been there, but I love the musical In the Heights and it takes place there.

42nd Street:  The beginning of the Theater District and a classic musical.

Avenue Q:  Not really a street, just a really funny musical.

via Roma: The street I stayed on in Florence.

Monamarte:  yep… I know…I spelled it wrong.  But even though I didn’t use spell check, it’s still my favorite area in Paris.

via delle Cinque Terre:  the main road in Cinque Terre, one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.

Firenze:  Florence… mmmm…. I love that city.

Union Station:  One of the most beautiful buildings in LA.  I’ve done some really fun shoots there.  I love riding the train there and taking the subway.

Hope St.: My great aunt lives on Hope Street down by the music center in LA.  And hope has sort of been my family word for the past several years.

Lawrence Ave:  Home sweet home.  No matter where I travel, Dorothy was right… there’s no place like home.

  1. Jen (Hollywood) :)

    August 24th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    I love it!!! Especially the “ratty” wood part…

  2. Amber Fox

    August 24th, 2011 at 9:28 am

    So fun! I seriously want you to design me and John one with all the places we have traveled to. Love it!

  3. Carolyn

    August 24th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Awesome!

  4. Molly W.

    September 1st, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    It looks AWESOME esp due to the ratty old wood!!

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