Denver, CO

Jailed for impersonating a muppet. Sad.

(Alameda and Zuni)

Denver, CO

It’s refreshing to break out of the hot dogs and hamburgers routine.  This is from the Ethiopian section of town, perhaps unbound by American cultural expectations of food signs. Either way, I’ve never seen this painted before. Debatably fruit cocktail, but the shape embedded in the whipped cream and the calamari rings do leave room for questions.

Denver, Colorado

Dead shrimp hot tub at Colfax & Trenton.

Gary, Indiana

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Same food truck as the “chips” painting below.  It is true that I’ve never painted cotton candy before, I assume it’s tricky.  I’ll leave it at that.

Denver, Colorado

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Ah-ha!  This is the first example in the HPFSA where a single painter shows up on two different establishments.  This is clearly the same painter who did this one at Alemeda & Sheridan.

(Wadsworth & Louisiana)

Chicago, Illinois

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Surprisingly realistic banana split, the drips are working, and as we’ve discussed, they don’t always.

Denver, Colorado

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Now that takes the asterisks theme to a celestial level.

(Alameda & Sheridan)

Chicago, Illinois

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Ah, yes see, there’s another incomplete sign.  Why not paint the onions?  Or, did they decide they would be white anyway?  No matter.  Bob Ross-ian corner-brushing happening on those trees back there.

(Clark Street)


Gary, Indiana

“Can I get some hot oysters please?  What do you mean you don’t have them they’re painted right there… oh sorry, I didn’t read the text.  Can I get some chips please?”


Kalamazoo, Michigan

The cinderblocks drive me nuts sometimes.  The lettuce is commendable though, lettuce is often crazily represented in food signs (example).   The tangent where the hanging sausage gently meets the ham makes me nervous.

Greeley, Colorado


This is one of the strangest categories in the Archive:  The Incomplete Food Sign.  There are others that I will post.   Why did they stop painting?  Did a war break out?  Did the whole town run out of paint?  It appears everything was fine while all the cupcakes were evenly spaced, but when the pink one made contact with the yellow one, the painter freaked out and couldn’t finish it.