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Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by Atomic DNA, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. Atomic DNA

    Atomic DNA Member

    Nov 13, 2007
    Western KY
    So a guy comes into my shop this morning. 375-400 lbs, unkempt, unshaven with glasses on crooked. He asks me a simple question:

    Oddman: Can you do an Asian elephant?

    Me: What do you mean by do?

    Oddman: Paint, you know.

    Me: Oh, paint. What type of substrate are you talking about?

    Oddman: Sustrate?

    Me: What do you want it painted on? Canvas, metal, t shirt?

    Oddman: I would like it on canvas.

    Me: Do you have a piece of reference material to take it from?

    Oddman: Wha?

    Me: Do you have a picture of the elephant you want?

    Oddman: No. Do you have a Computer?

    Me: Yes I have a computer. But unfortunately, I do not have internet

    Oddman: Well, you don't have to have the internet to get the picture.

    Me: So, what you are basically telling me is that I may already have a picture of an Asian elephant already on my computer?

    He stops and tries to collect himself.

    Oddman: Do you have internet on your cell phone?

    Me: No. You will have to bring me in a picture if you want something like that.

    He then walks further into my store and notices one of my originals: picture of a black/silver viper on canvas doing a burnout. Dimensions are 3' X 4'.

    Oddman: How much for a picture like that?

    Me: 4,500.

    Oddman: No, I mean of the elephant.

    Me: 3,500

    Oddman: Well, I am asking for a friend. She wants one of her family on a 20 X 20. She has a lot of money.

    Me: Well, we can do a 20" X 20" here.

    Oddman: No. A 20' X' 20' canvas. A big one.

    Me: That is a giant sized canvas. Are you sure? Where would she put such a thing.

    Oddman: In her house. She has a huge house. She once paid a guy 30K to paint her bedroom in camouflage.

    Me: Really? That's awesome. What type of profession is she in?

    Oddman: Nothing. Her husband makes all the money.

    Me: Oh, that explains it. Are they from around here, I might know them.

    Oddman: No, they live a few miles away. He works for the stock market that is in New York. He flies up there every couple of days to work.

    Me: Man, that is incredible. Why doesn't she commission the painting out to the fellow that did her camo bedroom?

    Oddman: 'Cause he said he could make more money painting cars so he moved out to Las Vegas and makes 250K a week painting cars and motorcycles.

    I didn't want to tell him that we do the same thing.

    Me: Man, I am in the wrong business.

    Oddman: How much are your license plates?

    Me: 24.95.

    Oddman: That's a good price. Well, I will be seeing you next Tuesday!
  2. GAC05

    GAC05 Major Contributor

    Dec 27, 2005
    Guam USA
    did you find any Asian elephants on your computer before you logged onto the web?....

    wayne k
    guam usa

    Think I'd call next Tuesday a rain day and close the shop - just in case.
  3. ThinkRight

    ThinkRight Active Member

    Nov 13, 2011
    Atlanta Ga
    Take the money and be happy.
    With people spending money like that , you might be able to retire early.

  4. Bly

    Bly Very Active Member

    Mar 9, 2004
    Forget the elephants.

    Get over to Vegas and paint cars for 250k/week!
  5. John Butto

    John Butto Very Active Member

    Jan 9, 2007
    Heavy set guy walks in a sign shop and asks, "Can you do an Asian elephant"?
    I told him, "I will try, my wife is a gorilla". (drum roll)
  6. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

    Jun 7, 2006
    Heavy set guy walks in a sign shop and asks, "Can you do an Asian elephant"?

    Don't know, I've never tried. I don't think I can reach quite that far.............

  7. Fanaticus

    Fanaticus Member

    Jan 19, 2011
    My parents neighbors family is very, uh, large, stinky, unkept, slovenly, sweaty, poorly dressed, poorly spoken, has stinky breath, pock-marked skin...... but very very very wealthy. Ridiculously wealthy. I don't get it.
  8. threeputt

    threeputt Very Active Member

    Mar 10, 2006
    washington state
    Don't think you'll see him again. I know the type.

    Sometimes people are waiting for a bus outside our shop and walk in because they've got some time to kill. (I hate this)

    They strike up a conversation about some phantom project that doesn't exist and waste your time.

    Sounds like that's what's going on with your guy.

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