Signs of the Times - August 2017 - 39
MAC Sign Painting recently completed multiple handpainted projects
for Tatton Baird Hatters (Springville,
UT), including a ghost sign (left)
and gilded signage in the shop's
in-law, who, like Horning, grew up in
McMinnville. When Bowden moved to
McMinnville with his family - Bowden's
wife is from the area - Horning was just
getting his start in sign painting.
"I said, 'Hey, do you want to compete
or join forces?'" Bowden remembered.
A lifelong "doodler," Horning turned
to a variety of creative outlets (assemblage, interior design, lamp making,
photography, pottery, woodwork)
and ultimately found his way into
logos (including designing tattoos for
friends) and lettering design, forming
his own personal style. Horning had
also previously done a studio visit
with Bowden in Los Angeles, where
his eventual collaborator showed
him a few tricks of the trade.
"It all happened pretty organically,
a slow progression," Horning said.
"My tendency to take on odd jobs
and creative side gigs turned into just
A "traditional sign painting outfit"
(Bowden's words), MAC paints signs
and logos by hand, and they don't
dabble in vinyl. Bowden handles their
(limited) work on computers plus the
financials; design and creative work
are completed by both members of
MAC's two-man team. MAC works
with companies of all sizes, from
small businesses (more on that in a
second) to the big fish (Nike).
"We usually don't say no [to a project]
unless it would drain us creatively
or it's something we wouldn't want
to put our name on." Bowden said,
before he added, "[But] we've also
got to feed our families and pay the
HAT BY HAND
One of MAC Sign Painting's recent
projects was for Tatton Baird Hatters,
a hat shop in Springville, UT that
sells classic Western-style hats.
MAC collaborated with Tatton
Baird to complete all of the shop's
signage, notably a double-sided
reverse-glass-gilded sign that hangs
off the front of the building, and the
handpainted and gilded signage that
adorns the shop's windows. The latest
project was a ghost sign in the top
left corner of the building's exterior