Better known as the Sign Guy, Dave Witzke creates fire-breathing cats, deranged rabbits and other bright, cartoony characters that can be found around almost every corner of the west-side Cleveland neighborhood.
Originally a graffiti artist, the Sign Guy sells his work online, at local businesses and at festivals. He created the murals on Prosperity Social Club’s patio.
“What Clevelander doesn’t look forward to the weather when they can escape outside with friends on a patio?” asks Prosperity Social Club owner Bonnie Flinner in a press release. “[Witzke's] bold, playful designs make our little outdoor urban retreat that much more fun and colorful.”
Now, seven Tremont businesses (Fat Cats, La Bodega, Lava Lounge, Lincoln Park Pub, Prosperity Social Club, Edison's and the South Side) have launched a four-month Instagram scavenger hunt challenge. Snap a selfie with an example of the Sign Guy’s creativity — his drawings can be found throughout Tremont — before Oct. 31 and post it with the tag #TSGTremont for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate monthly and to be entered to win grand prize gift basket that includes $60 in gift certificates and an original painting. You can also email your image to TSGTremont@gmail.com, and Prosperity Social Club will enter and share it for you. Contest details can be found here
“Dave Witzke’s distinctive outsider art is in keeping with this community’s creative spirit and has become practically synonymous with Tremont,” says Flinner.
“Once you’re hip to the mischievous creatures you notice them peering at you from table legs, utility poles, door handles and fence posts,” adds longtime Tremont resident, Kimmie Mcgee. “Their random appearances always brighten my day.”
For complete contest information or to find a map of The Sign Guy’s Tremont artwork, visit prosperitysocialclub.com/TSGTremont