I just hired an old friend of mine to paint my company name onto the side of my new work truck. My 40 year old "new" truck. John's an artistic genius. When I called him, my expectations were for him to grab his brush and paints and sit down on a stool and just paint my name on the side. Old School Style, like you'd see on an old 40's or 50's parts truck from Riverside Auto or Buster's 24 Hour Towing. I wasn't thinking of anything elaborate or fancy at all, I just didn't want a vinyl decal. I wanted it done by hand. John looked at the door space he had to work with and grabbed a piece of paper and sketched out a couple ideas. He figured out the spacing in his head and then sat down with those brushes and paints and created art. He did something in an hour that I never, ever could have done, no matter how much time I took. You watch him work and you think, "how the hell is that even possible". He can paint a freehand line that's several feet long and it'll be as perfectly straight as if he'd used a straight edge. He definitely has a gift, but skills like that only come from years of practice. It really is amazing. He's also probably one of the nicest guys you'd ever meet, so if I hadn't forced him to charge me, he probably never would have. I'm lucky to just know him. I've had people encourage me to try and get my furniture into some of the area art shows but, I always feel so self conscious about that. I'm not an artist. I build furniture. John's an artist. But if you asked him, he'd say, "aw, I'm just an old sign painter".