Eye Candy at Bunga Bunga case London – NGS


Here is a quick photo case of our flash splash for Bunga Bunga disco club in Battersea, London.

It was really cold and after an hour right at our backs 3 huge reverse cycle air con units started up, blowing FREEZING air into our kidneys!!  Time to move inside!!

Minus 3 degs… brrrrr

Finally I laid on Glow in the Dark phosphorous paint to all white areas and the job was done!

Tonal transition on the mirror tile details created the sensation of light and 3D


Nick Garrett – Design, layout, all paint, detailing

Jack Hollands – tech assist draw up and double coating

Silvio Berlusconi – toilet cleaner



What Your Restaurant Chalkboards Can Do for You

What Your Restaurant Chalkboards Can Do for You


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If you want to draw attention to your eating establishment, restaurant chalkboards can help you do the trick. Or maybe you want to dress up the inside of your restaurant or business. It could even be that you just want to add some flair to your home or loft living space. Whatever the reason, these make great additions to your home or business.

Even businesses with small budget can afford to include a chalkboard. There are many uses, such as:

• Writing out the daily specials 
• Writing out the entire menu 
• Putting it out front to entice people to come in 
• Writing out a to-do list for things to do around the home or for the business

If your small business needs a little front doorstep advertising, consider this an investment to help increase your traffic flow.

Benefits of Chalkboards

If you aren’t fully convinced this type of board is necessary or could help you, it is time to take a look at some of the potential benefits.

• Easy to Change – Some eateries include their entire menu on the chalkboard. This can be very useful if you do not have menus printed yet or if your menu changes often. So if you have daily specials that change, this is an easy way to let people know about what’s available.

• Easy to Clean – Even if your chalkboard gets plenty of use and begins to look dirty from daily erasing, washing it off with a sponge and water will freshen it right up. Make sure you do this once in a while to help keep your board looking new and so it is easy to read.

• Versatile Designs and Use – You can usually get hanging boards or standing ones, or change what you have back and forth. Keep it out of the way so customers don’t trip, but also mount it where it can easily be seen. The great thing is if you don’t feel it is getting enough attention, you can always change the location, unlike other type of fixed mounted signs. You can also get different sizes. So for your entire menu you may need a large board. To simply write out the word “sale” a smaller board will do.

Other Clever Uses

These chalkboards are getting popular with people who are thinking up alternate uses, other than the obvious. Writing out your sales for example, means you can change the sales guidelines at any point. It also means not having to invest larger sums of money into vinyl or other types of printed signs.

Some people leave this type of sign up for people to write down comments or suggestions for the business. It could also be to give kids a space to get creative. Some places even have their board up to keep track of credit or gifted credit, as a cheaper and greener alternative to gift cards. Restaurant chalkboards can do wonders for your small business.

Chalk sign services – NGS

Our Creative Services

Originally our focus was mainly on chalkboard signs and chalk art. Though this still makes up the bulk of our work, we are adding new services as fast as people are asking for them. Listed below are some of the types of creative work we do, but if there is something art or design related that you don’t see just send us an email and we’ll see what we can do!


What we can do…

  • Design + create unique chalk signs and artwork
  • Design + create sidewalk chalk artwork for events and weddings
  • Design + create wall paintings & small murals
  • Build professional quality custom picture frames for chalkboards and artwork
  • Build Indoor/outdoor A-frame style sign holders

Who will benefit from our work…

  • EVERYONE! but especially…
  • Restaurants
  • Events
  • Coffee Shops
  • Bars
  • Farmer’s Markets
  • Yoga Studios
  • Weddings
  • Individuals
  • and the list goes on…

What you can do with our work…

  • Menu Boards
  • Weekly/Daily Restaurant Special Boards
  • Service Description Signs
  • Product Pricing Signs
  • Promotional Signs
  • Wedding Signs
  • Event Signs and Artwork
  • Unique Gifts
  • Artwork for Homes


NGS Chalk signs – rock you client with a great visual message!


Huey Morgan and the Fun Lovin Criminals

Huey Morgan


Huey Morgan plays Jools Halland with a cool mix of NYC cruisy RnB..

… you know my guitar sounds best straight with a nice stack overdrive or clean… feel it and the guitar will give you it all


Huey is currently to be found chillin in his latest venture with his crew members aka Ami James Miami Ink at Love Hate Social Club Notting Hill.


Numerals and door insignia are an incredibly important statement for any home or business… the very first message that we have arrived.  So they have to be made just right.. and doing that is a particular art.

They are not simply numbers but beautifully important objects.

Writing numerals needs a fair bit of consideration – it’s a tight mix of typeface design, craft and architectural art.  

For this set above, which adorn a 9 million pound hotel, my brush and little pot of black paint had to reflect that value.

I first needed to establish the perfect match in sizing and position and immediately set off down Cranley Gdns with tape in hand.  Fairly straight forward I hear you say… nah… every number and every height setting was different.

Measuring the heights, from deck of immediate neighbours nos 2o and 26 I found whopping 20mm difference in height positioning –  I decided on placing 22 in the balanced mean between the two of c51” H and 24 a shade higher.  

Font sizes and styles also varied considerably up and down the street as they were all written by different hands over the past 30 years or so. This final numeral set I made was traced from 2 neighbouring lettered pillars and tweaked making them my own: distinctive, classic, yet beautifully modern.

In the end I measured every pillar numeral on Cranley Gardens in order to know with full certainty, my final measure.

Not only do we have to craft up a fine letter (often on a rough surface) but we need to marry them to the era, feeling and style of their neighbours.

It was quite nostalgic: as if decades of West London’s finest writers surrounded me as I wrote.


Restoring original fonts numerals

NGS ‘s Mat made the sketch and final artwork,  for this nice gilded restoration numeral in Muswell Hill, London.


Gothic Sans serif – Dishoom Shoreditch

Mock up for Dishoom

Contemporary fonts – Ampersand hotel 10 Layout

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Heritage NGS Cornhill Collection

I am starting to collate some of the finest carved lettering and numerals from the Cornhill in City of London. These will be converted into paintable fonts thus continuing the fine tradition of my 3 generations of family letter carving.


If you need a fine numeral, you’ve got my number…

Best,  Nick Garrett  07951509238

Dishoom Shoreditch NGS Case

The new Dishoom is really a spectacular blend of rich, quirky on retro trend design and slick gastronomy.


And if you think that’s a mouthful wait till you see the menu… and our signwriting!!

In the heart of London this hand painted window set is a stunner with the original vintage 1920’s Bombay font extracted by Nick Garrett from an vintage cafe sign (below) and embellished into it’s new typographic context. Some of the new characters I created taking reference from the original but launching into the quirky eccentric.

Above:  artwork prepared by NGS for the production of full sized layouts (Output – Original Copy Center Lond UK )

Double trouble

But it’s been really tough… arriving on site to hand paint the glass the dimensions supplied were all slightly out affecting one lay out and the windows were 25mm double glazed!

That meant the drawing we would use to trace our lettering was 32mm away from the surface needed to be written on the inner pane of plate glass… in effect we were writing on an invisible floating plain inside the shop unable to line up to the drawing!


The normal brush controls went out the window! Literally … and after serious eye-strain, double vision and a panic attack Mat and I found things gradually improving as our technique accommodated this incredibly odd and challenging work environment.

A half day into the writing  and gradually the mind had made adjustments – we started to even enjoy the fruits…

Traditional Sign Writer – Nick Garrett

Traditional Sign Writer Nick Garrett – About

My 30 years signage experience will really help you spot best visual solutions and keep your project on time and inside budget.

Clients include leading retailers, architects and design agencies who often require faithful brand reproduction and innovative creative typeface design.  My testimonials.

On the creative design side I am happy assisting new ideas and design concepts assisting:

  • your original design

  • minimalist layouts

  • vintage retro & classic designs

  With Jam and Bread cafe sign Nick Garrett, traditional signwriter NGS London

If you need any input, samples or helpful advice feel free to contact me.

+44 (0)7831173396  +393281518426

Nick Garrett

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Getting REAL in May, Traditional Signwriting across town – Nick Garrett real signwriter

May Signwriting across town – Nick Garrett real signwriter

May Signwriting across town – Nick Garrett real signwriter

Hi all and yes in the title the word REAL…

Why so because a lot of guys out there are calling themselves traditional signwriters and using all sorts of tricks without passing on to client any price advantage.

Here are a few new sign projects completed recently… entirely by hand and by brush (no stencils!).

Nick Garrett new work



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