How long does it take to receive my Danger Dog order?
It depends on when you order. I travel to Nepal twice yearly – usually in spring/summer and then again in October/November for holiday orders. If you order today, I will be returning to Nepal in March 2013, returning in May, 2013 with your portraits.
Can I buy more than one portrait of my pet?
You can buy all three, if you’d like. They look great in sets of two or three.
What happens to the ones I don’t buy?
They go to the dog pound. Just kidding. They are sold at Museum shops, art galleries, boutiques, online or donated to silent auctions for good causes. Some I keep for myself because they are just too wonderful.
What if I don’t like any of the portraits of my pet?
Your satisfaction is guaranteed. If you don’t like any of them, you are under no obligation to buy them. The Nepali signboard artists are paid fair trade prices no matter if you buy them or not.
What is Fair Trade?
Fair Trade, to me, is paying the artists a living wage for their art. I pay them the first price that they ask, and often more. I give them raises each trip, don’t ask for a ‘discount’ when I order ten pieces, and never dicker.
Can I personalize the sign?
Yes. You can have the sign say anything you’d like. Your pet can be enlightened, happy, zen or even brazen. It is up to you. Be Aware of Dog (or Cat) is popular.
Sure. The artists can paint anything. They are signboard artists. Your house, your car, your children, yourself… These are all possibilities. The only limit is your imagination. The artists are even available to design movie posters.
They can be hung indoors or out. They can be put in windows or on bookcases. They can be framed or put on an easel. You can put them on your fridge with magnets. Some sample displays from the Danger Dog Blog.
How long will they last?
If you would like a patina, hang them outside in the sun. If you would like to protect them, take them to your auto body shop and ask for a 'clear coat'. Most body shops add a clear coat to an auto daily and would not charge a lot to add the signs. Make sure to ask them to spray both sides. Indoor signs last well. I ordered my first signboard in 2004 and it is still clear and solidly painted.
Nepal has a long tradition of 'Beware of Dog' art and their signboard artists are hurting. Their work is truly disappearing at an alarming rate. The recent road expansion in Kathmandu and throughout Nepal has really taken its toll. Their studios are being demolished, never to return. Small businesses thrive on return customers and those customers have no place to return to.
How long will they last?
I began to have them painted in 2004, and they have held up well inside, with no noticeable deterioration. If you put them out in the elements, they will get a patina of rust, but they look very nice that way.
What if you are out of town when I order a pre-made sign off the site?
Then you have to wait until I return. Sometimes they are at shops throughout the US, and they can ship them to you. When you click on the 'Read more' button on the one you like, it will tell you if it is at a Museum shop or retail outlet.
Do you ship to Europe or overseas?
Yes, but we have to figure out shipping and customs details for each country.