Ernie Gosnell

"We did all the signs for Home Depot when the store first opened. They gave us a warehouse and furnished all the supplies. There were these huge vinyl signs, and we had to paint them all with vinyl ink. I would cut in the letters with fitches, brushes made for that type of work, and my buddy Allen would roll in the centers. After we finished signs for about ten stores they thought we were making too much money. So they offered us jobs as the heads of the new art department. They were going to give us all these shares in Home Depot. I said, 'No, I ain't got time.' I had too many cars to buy, too many motorcycles to build, too many drugs to do. All sign painters were drunk and crazy dudes back then. I lost a lot of old mentors of mine to alcohol."

(p. 104)