Jeffrey Sincich and Josh Stover have their hands all over Portland: the friendly, fat-lettered signage that welcomes eaters to Pip’s Original Doughnuts & Chai, a faux ghost sign–style “Take Courage” frieze on Cargo’s Central Eastside warehouse, Sterling Coffee’s curvy script logo, or a mural at cannabis clubhouse the Commune. They’re everywhere.
As J&S Signs, the pair meticulously designs and hand-letters the front doors, outdoor walls, and windows of some of the city’s most well-loved shops, restaurants, and venues. With little more than a paper pattern, some cans of 1 Shot lettering enamel, and steady hands, the duo transform dull storefronts into bold, clean, retro-inspired works of alphabetical art.
A pair of slim, chill Floridians who finish each other’s sentences with the ease of longtime friends, Sincich and Stover moved to Portland four years ago from St. Petersburg, where they studied ceramics before transitioning to painting large, type-centric outdoor murals. Their bright, cheerful art mottos—like an instantly iconic blue and yellow “You Are My Sunshine” mural that graces St. Petersburg’s Morean Arts Center—were Instagram hits, garnering the painters local renown that snowballed into a sign painting business.
The cross-country move upped their profile, with lively commissions from big outfits—Adidas, New Seasons, and the Blazers—plus gigs doing clever, drop-shadowed signage for everything from Coava Coffee and City Home antiques to a midcentury-inspired design at Vancouver’s Lucky Loan pawn shop and a Movie Madness drop box at the Hollywood Theatre. Next up? A logo and mural for Zinger’s Ice Cream in Seaside.
“The cool thing about making signs is that our art is out in public,” says Stover. “You usually have to go inside a gallery to get to art. With us, you just drive by and there we are.”