Our '38 Chevy Shop Truck. Photo by Daniel Yubeta

Our '38 Chevy Shop Truck. Photo by Daniel Yubeta

WE HELP COMPANIES IDENTIFY AND DEVELOP THEIR BRAND'S AUTHENTICITY AND COMMUNICATE THAT MESSAGE WITH VISUALS THAT ENGAGE.

WHAT WE DO

BRAND DEVELOPMENT

  • Branding
  • Logo/Identity Design
  • Strategy & Positioning
  • Art Direction & Copywriting
  • Consultation & Concepting
  • Environmental Design

VISUALS

  • Illustration
  • Sign Painting
  • Gold Leafing

WE ARE ARTISTS

Starr Studios was founded in San Francisco’s Mission District in 2005 by artist, designer and author Sean Starr: a 2nd generation Texas sign painter birthed from the custom auto/moto paint explosion of the late 70s and early 80s. Sean’s original works have been exhibited across the United States, and he has published several books, including “The Artist’s Tao: 44 Principles for an Artist’s Life” as well as “You, Me and Morrissey” which was made an Official Entrant for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Letters. His wife, Kayleigh, operates the studio alongside him.

In September 2015, Sean and Kayleigh Starr were invited by the City of Limerick, Ireland to participate in the Elemental Arts Festival and to design and execute a large scale, original "ghost sign" project in association with the band The Cranberries which is on display in Limerick's City Center on the Brown-Thomas building. Read more about the project here: The Cranberries "Ghost Sign" Project Limerick, Ireland

WE ARE PAINTERS

In the world of traditional sign painting, Starr Studios is a leading voice, and is featured in the best selling book and documentary “Sign Painters” by Faythe Levine & Sam Macon. You can also see their work regularly featured on the Discovery Channel, NBC Television, and The Food Network as well as industry publications such as Digital Output Magazine, Juxtapoz, Artforum, Los Angeles Times, Fort Worth Magazine, This Old House and SignCraft and Signs of the Times Magazines.

WE ARE DESIGNERS

In 2012, the studio was relocated to historic Denton, TX with a shift of focus to include more original design and branding work. Their extensive experience has quickly put the studio on the short list of companies across the US, including Gap, Sony Music, Discovery Channel, NBC Television, The Food Network, the 2010 Winter Olympics, Ocean Spray, and the Mayor’s Office of San Francisco.

The band The Cranberries being interviewed by Sean Starr on his podcast Coffee WIth a Sign Painter

The band The Cranberries being interviewed by Sean Starr on his podcast Coffee WIth a Sign Painter




SELECT CLIENTS

  • Sony Music Corp. NYC
  • NBC Television
  • GAP
  • Ocean Spray
  • Indian Motorcycles
  • Pizza Hut, Inc.
  • Rusty Taco
  • Rahr Brewery
  • Clay Pigeon
  • Shinola- Detroit

 

  • A Squared Group
  • ZOOM Media, NYC-LA
  • VideoLink
  • The Toadies
  • The Cranberries
  • Gogol Bordello
  • Crescent Hotel Group
  • Official MFG. Co.
  • The BLOC Los Angeles
  • Paul and Chris Andrews Car Collection
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Kristen Buckingham Design
  • University of North Texas
  • San Francisco Mayor’s Office
  • Fisherman’s Wharf Association
  • Western Pacific Railroad Museum
  • Royal Norwegian Consulate


        
        

   
        

 

  • University of Tennessee
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • University of North Texas
  • City of San Francisco, CA
  • City of San Mateo, CA
  • City of Denton, TX
  • City of Grapevine, TX
  • City of Justin, TX
  • City of Denison, TX
  • Dallas Heritage Village

PRESS

2015

Limerick Post September 22, 2015
Central Track September 22, 2015
I Love Limerick September 17, 2015
I Love Limerick September 11, 2015
I Love Limerick September 8, 2015
Limerick 2020 September 2015
Limerick Post September 17, 2015
Central Track August 2015
Limerick Leader, Ireland August 2015
Limerick Leader, Ireland July 2015
Signs of the Times Magazine March 2015

2014

360 West Magazine October 2014
L.A. Coffee Club July 2014
AIGA Raleigh Feb. 2014
Danthonia Designs Australia Feb. 2014
Politiken Magazine Denmark Feb. 2014
My Desy Magazine, Shanghai China Feb. 2014
Signs of the Times Magazine Jan. 2014
Austere Magazine Jan. 2014

2013

Grenadi School of Design Australia Dec. 2013
Signs Of The Times Magazine Dec. 2013
NFG Magazine, Mexico Sept. 2013
North Texas Daily June 2013
Denton Record Chronicle May 2013
NPR Talk of the Nation April 2013
We Denton Do It April 2013
Concrete Cakes April 2013
Brain Pickings March 2013

2012

Journal Du Design France December 2012
GraphicDesign.com December 2012
Complex Magazine December 2012
Design Observer November 2012
It's Nice That Magazine U.K. October 2012
"Sign Painters" from Princeton Architectural Press
Denton Record Chronicle August 2012
Pinstriping & Kustom Graphics July 2012
ArtForum April 2012
Sign Builder Illustrated March 2012
San Francisco Art Beat Jan. 2012
Juxtapoz Magazine Jan. 2012
Sign Builder Illustrated Jan. 2012

2011

The Sign Painter Movie & Book 2011
Big Bear Grizzly July 2011
Green Entrepreneur March 2011
SignCraft Magazine 2011