Black Cat Art from Nepal
Dangerous West Highland Terriers!

Why I Love Nepal -- Dogs on Gates

This sign warns people in a restaurant off the Boudha Stupa to Beware of Dog.   This is a very typical sign as a Nepali signboard often features the tongue and teeth prominently.

This is one of my favorite signs of all time, and I was saddened to see that someone has smeared black paint on this portrait's face.   Many people in the art world have argued that I should buy these signs and take them to the states to 'save' them.   Part of the Danger Dog philosophy is to promote the art of signboards and that could only be done if the Nepalese people appreciate what they have.   It has been suggested that I just make a similar sign and offer to trade them an old sign for a new.   Obviously, this one has not had the care it should have had.  

This Double Boxer signboard has also had some additions.   The tongues have had blood added.

If I couldn't read the Nepali script, I'd bet that this sign said 'Beware of Weasel'!


I'm not sure how this happened, but these are ghost dogs!   Remember that some Tibetans believe that dogs are reincarnated lamas, and these dogs get to sleep around the Stupa all day and circumnavigate all night.   You can see how friendly they all are.    Does anyone know how the dogs in this photo became transparent?

More tomorrow.

I am leaving soon for my 8th Danger Dog trip.   Order your custom 'be ware of dog' signboard today.

Nepal Art Dogs is a Fair Trade Art project that promotes the endangered signboard artists of Nepal.   With over 1500 pieces commissioned in 3 years, the Danger Dogs have made a difference in the lives of many artists.   I decided to concentrate on pets as there was a  tradition in Nepal already of 'Beware of Dog' signs and I knew that people would like them.   These are truly fine artists whose livelihood is disappearing at an alarming rate.

On my most recent trips to Nepal, the Danger Dog commissions were the only art these artists were still hand painting -- all their other work was done from a mass-produced image and often printed on plastic flex.  

You can help by ordering a custom portrait of your pet.   Each signboard is approximately one  square foot, synthetic enamel on metal.   Each commission will be given to at least 3 signboard artists -- giving 3 people work, you a choice of 3 signs and museum shops Nepali folk art.  

No money accepted up front.   If you don't like any of your paintings, you pay nothing.   All artists are paid fair trade wages.

For pet lovers who collect art and would like to make a difference.

Micro-finance through art patronage.   

For cats, horses, ferrets, birds, hamsters, etc, please go to for more examples.

If you would like to see a particular breed, please contact me at 



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