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

  1. Atomic DNA

    Atomic DNA Member

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    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!
     
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  2. GAC05

    GAC05 Major Contributor

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    So,
    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

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    Take the money and be happy.
    With people spending money like that , you might be able to retire early.
    :clapping:

    :toasting:
     
  4. Bly

    Bly Very Active Member

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    Forget the elephants.

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

    John Butto Very Active Member

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    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

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    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.............




    :iamwithstupid
     
  7. Fanaticus

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    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

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    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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