Saturday, March 23, 2013

Tattle Tale Room

Tattle Tale Room

Here's the lovely Tattle Tale Room in Culver City, California, a cocktail and karaoke bar.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Bates Motel

Bates Motel
No retro sign blog would be complete without the announcement of the new television show, Bates Motel.

Neon text applied flawlessly upon a black background is the perfect look for the horror genre of the show.

Added to that is a mother and son who look as if they are very close--just a little bit too much too close.

Neon signage has always been the ideal setting for horror flicks. Go ahead, comment on your favorite slasher flick that took place in an old motel.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Color TV Sign

Color TV sign


This has always been one of my favorites. Not a stand-alone sign, but commonly attached to motel signs back in the seventies and eighties.
film photos

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Signs that Say Nothing Really Say Something



Blank sign taken on film and scanned
What can I say about this one? There's nothing better than nothing. So minimalist. So blank and empty.

To be sure, while that is seemingly the case with this shot, it's filled with interesting elements among all of the "nothing."

Consider the bricks on the side of the building, the perspective, the people out front, the building's isolation, color and text on the glass windows.

Just gotta love this sign.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Ghost Sign in Arabic

Ghost sign in Cairo
Take a break from all the confusion at Tahrir, the mess that appears to be putting an awful damper on tourism there. Here's some ghost signs in Arabic, each line of text written in a different color. 

Monday, March 04, 2013

Motel Villa Sur--Calexico

Villa Sur Motel is as retro as you can get


Here's the Villa Sur Motel, a retro motel with lots of pink and red on the US/Mexico border in Calexico. To the south of this small town is Mexicali, a sizable Mexican metropolis about 60 miles east of Tijuana.

This is one of the border cities were Americans go to the dentist and doctor because they pay half the price for care.

Its population is nearly 700,000.