Profile: Mark Fair of Mark Fair Signs, Montgomery Alabama
Mark Fair is a living legend of sorts to other sign painters working in the United States. Mark co-founded the Creative Signmakers of America online forum which has traditional sign makers all over the world interacting and sharing their work daily. If you are a sign maker and haven’t joined CSA yet, do so, it is a great source of inspiration. Mark has also pioneered the use of antique and distressing techniques in his sign making and has generously shared tutorials through the CSA forum to help others learn how to use these techniques in their own studios.
TSM- How long have you been painting signs?
MF- I started when I was 14 years old working with an old sign painter back home in Gordo, Alabama, I am now 58.
TSM- Who were your inspirations/mentors in learning the craft?
MF- The old guy I worked with, Jimmy Crimm and after I discovered SignCraft magazine it was people like Chester Cunningham, Mike Stevens, etc.
TSM- Any advice for those wishing to learn the craft?
MF- Go to a Letterhead meet, Join Creative Signmakers of America for inspiration and get a subscription to SignCraft magazine.
TSM- Where can we take a look at more of your work?