Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Last summer Knox Flair had the privilege to catch up with and interview one of Knoxville's most professional and prolific sign painters in the city, the one and only Jim Donahue. You may not be familiar with the name but whether you know it or not you've likely seen his signs somewhere in Knoxville. His window splashes (bold fluorescent lettering on the exterior windows of businesses) covers this town in all directions and it was this work that originally got our attention. Fortuitously enough Jim signs his windows with all his contact information as well. So it was that K. Flair was able to track him down and asked to pick his brain. He kindly accepted and we met up at Locke's plumbing on Broadway where he talked shop for close to a couple of hours as he repainted the sign on the side of their building. It was a rare treat to talk such an seasoned professional and learn a thing or two. We'd like to thank Jim once again for sharing his time and knowledge and for being extra patient in waiting for this interview to drop. Below is a selection of some of his work and the condensed interview as it was published in the latest Knox Flair zine. Please enjoy and be sure to check out Jim's websites where he can be reached for any and all sign work you might need done.