There were a lot of elements to work into this one sign, says Brother Zank, its creator.

Featured Project: Nubes Vape Lounge


Brother Zank and Vicki of Custom Craftsman Signs in Sevierville, Tennessee, created this sign for IX Nubes Vape Lounge in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, right next to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

“The lighting solutions included triple ribbon LED strips behind ¾” optical clear acrylic letters pushed through puffy carved HDU clouds, and Baselite LED spot fixtures supported from ½” copper plumbing pipes,” Zank says. He referred to the project as a “creative hemorrhage” of pure steam punk fun.

“The use of vintage gauges and meters, copper, brass, aluminum, steel, HDU, acrylic, wire, stainless steel, fire hose and motorcycle sprocket chain proved to be a multi-medium, component-rich challenge in maintaining design proportion and harmony of scale,” Zank says. 

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