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I graduated as portrait painter in 1981 and started my first sign shop out of my art studio, Garrett Fine Signs, Battersea.

Above: Beginnings – Signwriting the fleet of Cityrama Tour buses, 1980’s

I really enjoyed working in graphics and typography, my grandfather was a letter cutter so it’s in my genes. Making some cold calls quickly won some great clients, who are still good buddies today. I found myself specialising in creative sign writing (from 1981-1990), to 2 national Breweries creating thousands of pub signs, and at the age of 22. through a lot of soul searching and hard work I was being regarded as a top quality writer… though for me it was always more of a constant battle for perfection.

… the magical ingredient you get when using NGS hand written sign writing – quality communication.


Today I have returned to working out of Battersea, still proudly producing some of the nicest creative sign solutions in Central London.  I hope you are inspired by the varied projects I have displayed here – feel free to contact me and have a chat anytime.

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Above the new hand painted shop sign for Sylvanian Families, London.

Why a resurgence in the Hand Painted?

A hand painted sign speaks volumes for most quality niche products and will genuinely build client loyalty trade and local business turnover – both the lifeblood of retail success.

It says many things especially attention to detail...

When you watch me making your sign a reality it will look easy (unless it’s raining!)… there is a poetry in the writing. Easy?… an illusion purely down to my years spent up the ladder and the joy when wielding a paint laden writer’s brush!

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November 12, 2011

London Sign Writing: Ted Baker new store fit-out


NGS completed the hand sign-writing of 11 ornate panels for Ted Baker’s flagship store in Bluewater Shopping centre, Kent.

What a great team and company they are check the link out at the bottom of the page.


The brief was to bring quasi-vintage hand painted feel to the logos of several themed interior settings using layouts produced by the in-house design team.

The nostalgia ”Tedbury” concept included various village shop sets with quaint writing – a tea shop and butchers a chemists… these interior wall and ceiling sets were literally dissected and displaced creating a visual constant, yet shifting context around the store… heaps of mirrors assisted the whole shabaz, The mix of Goth typography and Victorian ornamentation made the writing fun and after we went over with a distress rub down and glaze, the panels really looked the part.

We are constantly being asked to create aged and retro surface finishes on shop signs and displays these days and it is becoming one of our specialities.

A few weeks later the 2 million pound makeover was complete and running.

Special thanks to Julian Brown, John Pope Signwriter and all the team and TB shopfitters.


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The Apothecary signs in the new flagship Bluewater ‘Tedbury’ quirky themed store

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…sign writing in Blue Water Kent the fab new Ted Baker store…

from change-room area thru to front of house Ted Baker Nick Garrett signs     Julian Brown flying through the layouts - Nick Garrett signs

Well Hung Butchers!!

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NGS’s Julian Brown laying up artwork.

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Nick Garrett writing a small metal inset panel for the butcher’s bicycle sign – we decided to keep the pitted painted surface and allowed a bit of creative wander on the freehand writing.
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Above: Our distressed ornate sign-written tag

All about TED BAKER

Would you like to commission NGS for your next sign project?

Big thanks to John Pope, Dave Uprichard of OPT ( for great layouts and TB fitters and VM designers for preparing the artwork.

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