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October 9, 2013


When George Hanna isn’t at his day job as art director at The Icebox in Atlanta, he’s making vintage-inspired signs in his Old Dirty Type workshop in Decatur.

Hanna, a former t-shirt graphics designer for the Gap and other stores, had planned to make prints on paper. But he quickly opted for wood.

To achieve the worn look he wants, Hanna finds typefaces from old signs, photographs it and incorporates it into his art. He also burns, scrapes and often splashes coffee on the wood to give it a more authentic look and feel. No two signs are alike.

Hand-distressed signs featuring in-town Atlanta neighborhoods are popular. So are the “Dirty SouthATL Players Society” signs. (The “Dirty South” refers to Southern states and the rise of Southern rap/hip hop music.)

Other signs feature bourbon and Southern foods, but Hanna will do custom signs too.

Prices range from about $50 for a 12-inch-by-12-inch sign to $350 for a three-foot sign. The mid-range signs ($100 range) are 18 inches by 24 inches.

Find signs online at under the “Old Dirty Type” shop name or at

In the Atlanta area, find signs at Paris on Ponce (, 716 Ponce de Leon Place, and at the Young Blood Gallery & Boutique (, 636 N. Highland Ave.

To contact Hanna,


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