They say “ignorance is bliss,” but what they don’t say is after you figure out something, you just get pissed off and after you have been pissed on. BTW, No judgements. Anyway. yesterdays story on the neon clock triggered my ranternator again. Ya, just made that word up. When I read the description on the ebay listing, I thought, okay, makes sense, thats the kinda thing I would have done. All of us would have found a cool clock and then rebuilt it, thats part of the fun. But when you read between the nines, the seller put a new clock onto new “redone” neon. So, thats like saying, nothing is original, so you are purchasing a story. Now one could argue, so? Its a neon clock thats cool and close enough. THEN I ASK, why be clever. And call it what it is? It is a buyer beware thing out there. Fake signs, fake everything, and it pisses me off to no end.
Okay you say. Hey Matt aren’t you the guy that painted a Johnson on the side of a building? Jimmys sign.. YES. and let me point out the HUGE difference. They are hand done in the same way the originals were done. AND one off’s and altered to be clearly different. AND I am not trying to sell them with some lame ass argument.
Real is real, and lets call all this crap from India made to look old. COUNTERFEIT! The box it comes in is worth more. And also putting that crap up is just crap! This gets deeper into the depth of truth in things that are old. You can feel the truth. And that honesty is the real joy, that we are saving, preserving and caring for history. There is no history in a pile of ship sold on ebay. Like that clock.
We have done stories on this topic before. And a HUGE HUGE thanks to Jim Staib for sharing his learning the hard way experience with us all. Another older story on fake Gas signs HERE