The Sign Painter

In this week’s Tuesday Treat, I speak with Clark Underwood the creative director at The Visual Brian about the mini-documentary The Sign Painter. You may not know the sign painter, Tanner Frady, but you may be familiar with Tanner’s work. Clark’s documentary, which you can watch for free, gets to know the person behind the art. 

Tell me a bit about yourself and your role with The Sign Painter.

My name is Clark Underwood and I am the creative director at The Visual Brain, a video production company in OKC. I produced this piece one-man-band style capturing the footage, running the interview, narrating the story and cutting the edit.

What is The Sign Painter about?

The Sign Painter is about Tanner Frady, a prolific sign painter here in OKC, that has his work showcased on eateries, retailers, and corporate businesses spanning the metro.

Why did you want to tell this story?

I met Tanner through a friend and when I saw his work I was mesmerized that he was painting these signs by hand and making it look effortless. The amount of work he had already done at the time was inspiring and I wanted others to have the same WHOA! feeling I had when introduced to his craft.

What was the greatest challenge you overcame in this production?

The greatest challenge was pushing to finish the project! With a documentary style video you could always film more and as a passion project it had to take the back burner a few too many times but I am glad to have gotten the story out in the world.

Why should one see the documentary?

I think it’s fascinating to watch in order to see the craftsmanship of Tanner and the art of sign painting in process. Also, if you live in the OKC metro, you may recognize many signs of Tanner’s work and it is fun to feel like an insider on who brought that wall or sign to life.

“If you live in the OKC metro, you may recognize many signs of Tanner’s work and it is fun to feel like an insider on who brought that wall or sign to life.”

What do you hope people will take away after watching this documentary?

I hope that people take away inspiration from Tanner’s success and dedication as well as an excitement for art and the unusual.

Anything else you want to say or let people know?

I will say thanks to Tanner and Ashley for allowing me to follow them on so many jobs and publish the story. They were so kind to let me invade. Watch the piece and share it with a friend if you enjoy it!

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Dennis Spielman

I'm Dennis Spielman, the Producer of Uncovering Oklahoma, which I started in 2009 as a way to show that Oklahoma isn't boring. As for about myself, I’m a creative person that writes imaginative stories. I also run The Show Starts Now Studios, which is my umbrella organization for all of my shows I create. Come join me on Patreon as I create content that adds adventure and wonder to peoples' lives. More about my stories and projects are at

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