Sunday, April 27, 2014

The story of the Secret Agents: Melbourne's half-real, half-fake ghost sign

Just around the block from me is a building that always had me wondering. Here it is, taken through my car windscreen:

I had assumed it was a former real estate agent's shop, with some cheeky changes made. But the changes looked as old as the original sign.

A couple of days ago, I was driving past with a friend. He said he knows the guy who owns the building, the former PR guy for the Rainbow Warrior, the Greenpeace boat. He'd hired a signwriter to create the 'Secret' in the same faded style as the rest of the ghost sign.

Nice one, and case officially closed :)


  1. This is great! The topic of faux ghostsigns is an interesting sub-genre in itself.

    1. Yes...and all the gradations: full-faux, half-faux, reinvented, 're-aged'...Tony Mead just painted an engineers' ghost sign in North Melbourne that was there before, but needed to be repainted in similar faded style because the owners were doing renovations and it was too fragile as it was.