Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Tattoo Neon Signs: The Importance of Neon Tattoo Signs

Tattoo Neon Sign

Tattoo parlors are an interesting phenomenon - they attract an eclectic crowd and normally have wall-to-wall artwork of tattoo samples covering the place and usually offer other counter-culture fashion accessories such as piercings and other clothing items. If you're the owner of such a store, then you know the need to get people in those seats to get inked. If you want the most amount of foot traffic into your tattoo parlor, you're going to want a neon tattoo sign to be as big and as bright as you can. There are many reasons for wanting to be seen, namely:

1. Tattoo shops are usually located in metropolitan areas with high foot traffic, most of the time in areas where there is a big nightlife, so being seen from a far distance (and when it's dark) is very important.

2. People often tend to get tattoos and piercing on a whim. Of course, those who take tattoos seriously usually plan ahead what they want and have a trusted artist do their inking, but many people are with a group of friends and tend to pop in out of sheer curiosity. Sometimes if they're feeling adventurous they'll get a tattoo right then and there! For this reason, you'll want your shop to have a tattoo neon sign as big and as distantly visible as possible.

Here's another thing - have you ever noticed that tattoo parlor signs tend to be vertical? Close your eyes and think of a tattoo parlor that you know of, or see if you can remember the last one you saw. Chances are the "tattoo" was reading top to bottom. The reason for that is because tattoo parlors are usually in smaller buildings with limited window space, and since windows are usually taller than they are wide, custom neon signs can be made to fit the height of the window and have the text be as large and as legible as possible. Plus, if the sign is placed outdoors, it can be read by people that are walking on the same side of the street as your shop.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Personalized Neon Signs - Make Your Neon Sign Uniquely Yours

Neon signs, those glowing entities that adorn the night skies in the cities are made in all sizes, shapes, and forms. Invented in the early 20th century, they've evolved from a scientific curiosity to a technical innovation to an almost advertising necessity. Most neon signs are made with business advertising in mind, but many custom neon signs are made for personal use. Yes, they do more than just try to sell you beer; they can be artistic, fun, and add a unique charm to your home or event and can make a great gift! Here are three examples of ways you can use personalized neon signs from signs that were actually made for some satisfied customers:

1. Neon signs for weddings - Who doesn't like a wedding? Well, some people, but you can't deny that most people that plan weddings go all out when it comes to the decor of the ceremony or the reception. What better way to announce the newlyweds than with a neon sign? Custom Neon Signs for Weddings

Personalized Neon Sign

2. Have your face made in neon - Here's another unique piece of art to hang on your wall. Your name doesn't have to be Big Dave and you don't have to have curly hair and glasses. A personalized neon sign can be made of your lovely visage in any color and in any size you want. Heck, a life-size full body neon sculpture can be made if you so desire!

Personalized Neon Sign

3. Have a neon sign made to tell that special someone how you truly feel about them. How darling is this? This sign would make a great Valentine's Day gift. How about using a "Will You Marry Me?" neon sign to pop the big question? It's been done before, but that won't make it any less special or unique! Cheers!

Personalized Neon Sign

Monday, 19 August 2013

Custom Neon Bar Signs - Neon Signs for Sports Bars

When we talked before about custom neon bar signs, we discussed the reason why they're there - they advertise your beverages, they jazz up the place with color, and they make a bar feel like a bar. Let's talk about specific bars now, and that's the sports bar.

Custom Neon Signs can be made to accommodate any type of sports bar, sports-themed restaurant, or cafe in your college town. It's no wonder that the most popular signs that are made for bars are for sports bars. Any type of neon sign can be made, including your favorite sports teams' logo, your team's mascot, or anything else related to any sports team on the planet. Your favorite player on the team? A neon sign can be made of that as well.

What can you expect to find when you walk into a sports bar? Lots of flat screen T.V.s on the wall playing various games, a lot of beer on tap, people eating chicken wings and burgers, and of course neon signs of various sports teams, most likely the home team of the city the bar is located in. Custom Neon Bar Signs are a great way for a sports bar to really have the look and feel of a genuine local sports bar.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Custom Neon Signs: Vertical or Horizontal?

When choosing custom neon signs, should the text read horizontally or vertically? Well, most neon signs are read like normal English text - horizontally left to right. However, there are a couple reasons why you would want your sign to read from top to bottom (like Japanese text). The main reason would be because of space issues. If your sign is being hung in a window with a slim width, then you'd want to go with a vertical sign. Secondly, if your storefront is located on a corner, or if your sign is very large and you want it to be seen not only from a far away distance but on the same side of the street that you're located on, then a vertical sign would also be a good idea. Here are two examples of vertically-read neon signs:

The neon sign on the left was for a tattoo parlor that had a very slim window and couldn't fit a horizontal neon sign, so we made them this vertical neon sign. The sign on the right is a very tall sign, and since it's located on a corner it can be seen from both sides of the street. I'd also like to point out that the sign on the right, "The Brick" restaurant and bar is from the popular show Northern Exposure, and as you can see the sign is actually poorly made. Do you see how the letters are all connected together with the same red neon? High-quality custom neon signs would have those connecting glass pieces painted black, so the letters would stand out more. Just sayin' :)

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Neon Bar Signs - They're On The Wall for a Reason

Sidle up to the bar and have yourself a beer, partner

When you walk into your local bar or pub, do you know what you want to order before you even go through the door? Maybe yes, maybe no. Maybe you'll have a pint your favorite local brew, or perhaps you're feeling a little adventurous and are in the mood to try something new. Your brain may be more open to visual suggestion than you're probably willing to admit. Have you ever noticed that most bars have neon signs of different types of beer brands on the wall, most of the time clearly visible from where you order? Yes, like a moth to a flame, your eyes will be drawn to the bright colors and boom! Before you know it your brain tells you "order that beer that's on the wall right there."

This is a little over simplified of course, but there is some truth to the fact that neon bar signs are effective in marketing a particular brand of alcohol. Bar owners and savvy business people know this, and depending on the the type of establishment, you may see one or two on the walls or you may see dozens and dozens of them spread all over the place. Neon Bar Signs add to the ambiance of the place and makes people feel warm and welcomed. There is a certain level of expectations when people go into a bar they've never been to, and it the walls are bare and drab, chances are they'll walk right out the door. 

Custom Neon Bar Signs are great too if you want to advertise you local brew. Or, if you want to highlight a particular liquor or specialty cocktail, a neon sign can be made of that as well. So, grab yourself a stool and have yourself a tasty libation while you bask in the glow of colorful neon.

Friday, 2 August 2013

What to Look for in a Custom Neon Sign.

A question you may be asking if you've stumbled onto this blog post is: What is the best neon sign for your business? I've prepared a list of things and options that go into choosing the neon sign that's right for you:

 Backing and Quality Glass: Custom Neon Signs in the U.S.A. are manufactured with high quality tempered glass. These types of glass are the strongest for neon signs and are less likely to beak than Chine-made glass. As far as backing goes, you can opt for either a Lexan back or a metal grid (which is like a crisscross grid). Here is an example of both:
Lexan Backed Neon Sign 
Neon Sign with a Lexan Backing
Grid Backed Neon Sign 
Neon Sign with a Grid Backing
Lexan Backing is usually black but you can also have it made in clear or grey. Lexan is the one of the most popular choices of backing because it heightens the visibility of your neon sign by minimizing the amount of glare. It also and also hides the wiring efficiently. Grid backing for your neon sign is great if you would like your sign to stand alone on a surface or counter top, or if you have specific or unusual hanging space.

Size: One of the most important parts when deciding the size of your neon sign  is how far away to you's like it to be seen by people. The bigger the sign, the further away it can be read legibly.  A rule of thumb is the lettering on your neon sign will be legible up to 40 feet away for each tall the letter is. For example, if you want your sign to be legible from 400 feet away, the letters on your sign must be at least 10 inches tall. Also, it's been shown that words that are in lower case are more legible that words that are in all upper case. 

Color: The Color of your neon sign is very important. Visionary studies have shown that red neon is the most readable, followed by green, turquoise, and pink. A mixture of these 4 colors (with each word being its own color as to make it stand out more) is always recommended.

Flash: A flashing neon sign can be both beneficial and detrimental.  A Flashing sign is hard to ignore and can easily grab the attention of people, but it also can be a visual annoyance if it's hung too close to people's faces. Flashing neon signs are best for open neon signs and signs that need to be seen from far away.

Drunken Clam Animate Neon Sign Animations: Animations are great and can be humerus and extremely high-catching. These types of neon signs require a little more glass, so they can cost a little bit more, but if made in the right way they can really make your neon sign memorable and stick in people's mind.

Source: Neon and More