I have been making short musical slideshows on the Danger Dogs lately, and have come across some mighty fine 'Beware of Dog' signposts from Nepal.
I have over 200 of these and I'd like to make them the subject of my next book.
This sign is on it's last legs. I believe that I have seen other signposts by this same artist.
I think that this is the same artist as above. They are both in the Jorpati area of the Kathmandu Valley.
Another oldie but goodie. The laundry hung like prayer flags, the barbed wire...Nepal all the way.
This is not technically a signboard, but I just have to love the double Danger Dogs warning. No way I'd trespass there. The license plate on the motorcycle is painted by a signboard painter. That is what my artists do as a daily business.
Think about the holidays coming up. You can order a Danger Dog (or any type of pet) and give 3 artists in Nepal work! You don't even have to pay up front. If, for some reason you are not happy with one of your pet's paintings, you don't have to pay.
These artists need work. Nepal is the 12th poorest country in the world. These painters have no back up work they can do. Digital signs are changing their lives, eating into their businesses. Hand-painted signboards are being replaced and these artists have no means to keep up. This is traditionally a family business, and many times, the artist does not write the lettering. That is left to someone else who has had a different education.
A portion of all Danger Dog proceeds go to charities all around the world.
I will be going to Nepal in November, returning early December in time to ship holiday orders. Do you know a pet lover who collects art that would love a gift that made a difference to 3 artists' lives? Take that stealth photo of a loved one's pet, send it to me, tell me what you'd like it to say, then sit back and wait. 3 artists will treat you to their interpretation of your pet. Pay only if you like one of them.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Go to www.NepalDog.com too! I'm happy to answer any question.