Starr Studios: Sign Painters


We are Artists. We are Designers. We are Sign Painters.
We have been designing and painting signs for more than 25 years.

Starr Studios was founded in San Francisco’s Mission District in 2005 by artist, designer and author Sean Starr: a 2nd generation custom painter birthed from the late 70s and early 80s Kustom Kulture movement. Sean began his journey into sign painting and design with his father’s company Starr Custom Paint in the mid 1980s in South Texas, custom painting and pinstriping thousands of hot rods, trucks and custom vehicles. Sean’s original works have been exhibited across the United States, and he has published several books, including “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.

The studio’s extensive experience has quickly put them on the short list of companies across the US, including Gap, Sony Music, NBC Television, the 2010 Winter Olympics, Ocean Spray, and the Mayor’s Office of San Francisco.

In the world of traditional sign painting, Starr Studios is a leading voice. The studio is featured in the book and documentary “Sign Painters” by Faythe Levine & Sam Macon; Sean serves as Editor of “Traditional Sign Maker Magazine.”

The studio’s work is regularly featured in Signs of the Times Magazine, Digital Output Magazine, This Old House, ArtForum Magazine, Juxtapoz Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Sign Builder Illustrated and SignCraft Magazine.

The studio offers a wide range of services which include original design, wall signs and murals, gold leafing on glass, vehicle lettering and historical signage and restorations.