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Jul 29, 2015

by Marcus Poston

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Hello, I’m Marcus Poston and I make neon signs, random curiosities, and wildly artistic keepsakes here in New York City.

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After moving to NYC in 2004, I spent most of my time waiting tables and slinging drinks. I was working all the time, but only making enough money to afford the bare minimum before needing to work more. Somewhere in that miserable loop, I was finally inspired to make something with my hands: a gift that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford for a beautiful girl. I’ve always been lucky enough to find myself in the company of artists and makers, and they were kind enough to encourage my early efforts. Once I made that gift, I was hooked.

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Fate, luck, or karma stepped in shortly after when I got an internship with a sign-maker doing business out of a basement in Alphabet City. I’m pretty sure everyone knows this, but internships don’t pay well enough to live here in NYC. Even so, it was better than slinging drinks, so I went with it. The best part about the internship was that it gave me time to pursue other things: I spent some time in the fine art world and picked up work doing construction and building window displays for bespoke clothiers. I wasn’t making enough money, but I was learning – and stumbling upon materials and techniques that made new ideas possible.

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Somewhere along the way, I was fortunate enough to hear about Etsy; I opened a shop and started selling the occasional curiosity, sculpture, or piece of art. About three years in, I started trying to sell my neon work, and now I’m finally starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Etsy gives my efforts a feeling of legitimacy I don’t think I would have been able to find on my own, creates a solid foundation for my fluctuating existence, and has opened doors I didn’t even know existed.

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It’s taken me a while to figure out that all the stress and uncertainty of doing what I want for a living is worth it. Every day is an attempt to keep up, adapt, and learn what I need to keep going. There’s no way I could’ve gotten this far without the advice, inspiration, and support of my amazing friends – at every twist and turn, I’ve always been saved, salved, or slapped into reality by the amazing people in my life.

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All photographs by Marcus Poston.

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BE MINE Neon Sign, Ready-made
BE MINE Neon Sign, Ready-made
MarcusConradPoston
$900.00 USD
Awesome Mounted Neon Sign, Ready-made
Awesome Mounted Neon Sign, Ready-made
MarcusConradPoston
$1,100.00 USD
HOME Neon Sign, Ready-made
HOME Neon Sign, Ready-made
MarcusConradPoston
$1,300.00 USD
ADVENTURE Neon Sign, Ready-made
ADVENTURE Neon Sign, Ready-made
MarcusConradPoston
$900.00 USD
Neon Ampersand - Ready-made Neon
Neon Ampersand - Ready-made Neon
MarcusConradPoston
$800.00 USD
Good Vibes Only Neon Sign, Ready-Made ON SALE
Good Vibes Only Neon Sign, Ready-Made ON SALE
MarcusConradPoston
$700.00 USD
Hearts and Initials - Custom Neon Sign
Hearts and Initials - Custom Neon Sign
MarcusConradPoston
$1,000.00 USD
Lightbulb Neon Sign, Ready-made
Lightbulb Neon Sign, Ready-made
MarcusConradPoston
$800.00 USD
We're all animals - Ready-Made Neon Sign
We're all animals - Ready-Made Neon Sign
MarcusConradPoston
$1,200.00 USD
let's go somewhere Neon Sign, Ready-Made ON SALE
let's go somewhere Neon Sign, Ready-Made ON SALE
MarcusConradPoston
$700.00 USD
Love Neon Sign, Ready-made
Love Neon Sign, Ready-made
MarcusConradPoston
$850.00 USD
Wedding / Valentine's Day Custom Neon
Wedding / Valentine's Day Custom Neon
MarcusConradPoston
$925.00 USD
JOY Neon Sign, Ready-made ON SALE
JOY Neon Sign, Ready-made ON SALE
MarcusConradPoston
$700.00 USD
To The Moon And Back Neon Sign
To The Moon And Back Neon Sign
MarcusConradPoston
$1,150.00 USD
Wee Moosey Neon Sign, Ready-made
Wee Moosey Neon Sign, Ready-made
MarcusConradPoston
$950.00 USD
it's a wonderful life Neon Sign, Ready-Made ON SALE
it's a wonderful life Neon Sign, Ready-Made ON SALE
MarcusConradPoston
$700.00 USD
To The Moon And Back Plexiglass-Mounted Neon Sign
To The Moon And Back Plexiglass-Mounted Neon Sign
MarcusConradPoston
$1,450.00 USD
Quiet - Ready-Made Neon Sign
Quiet - Ready-Made Neon Sign
MarcusConradPoston
$1,000.00 USD
BOOM! Neon Sign, Ready-made ON SALE
BOOM! Neon Sign, Ready-made ON SALE
MarcusConradPoston
$800.00 USD
Yes Neon Sign, Ready-made
Yes Neon Sign, Ready-made
MarcusConradPoston
$900.00 USD
Mounted Neon Ampersand - Ready-made Neon
Mounted Neon Ampersand - Ready-made Neon
MarcusConradPoston
$1,000.00 USD
Awesome Neon Sign, Ready-made
Awesome Neon Sign, Ready-made
MarcusConradPoston
$1,000.00 USD
YES Mounted Neon Sign, Ready-made
YES Mounted Neon Sign, Ready-made
MarcusConradPoston
$1,050.00 USD
Good Vibes Only Mounted Neon Sign, Ready-Made
Good Vibes Only Mounted Neon Sign, Ready-Made
MarcusConradPoston
$1,100.00 USD
POW! Neon Sign, Ready-made
POW! Neon Sign, Ready-made
MarcusConradPoston
$1,150.00 USD
New York Postcard Neon Sign, Ready Made
New York Postcard Neon Sign, Ready Made
MarcusConradPoston
$1,100.00 USD
Neon Sign - Meh - Reclaimed Wood and Aluminum
Neon Sign - Meh - Reclaimed Wood and Aluminum
MarcusConradPoston
$1,300.00 USD
BE NICE Neon Sign, Ready-made: White Neon, Distressed Red Background
BE NICE Neon Sign, Ready-made: White Neon, Distressed Red Background
MarcusConradPoston
$950.00 USD
Chill Neon Sign, Ready-made
Chill Neon Sign, Ready-made
MarcusConradPoston
$850.00 USD
j’adore Neon Sign, Ready-made
j’adore Neon Sign, Ready-made
MarcusConradPoston
$800.00 USD
Everything Is Connected Neon Sign, Ready-Made
Everything Is Connected Neon Sign, Ready-Made
MarcusConradPoston
$1,000.00 USD
be nice Neon Sign, Ready-Made: White Neon, Distressed Black Lettering ON SALE
be nice Neon Sign, Ready-Made: White Neon, Distressed Black Lettering ON SALE
MarcusConradPoston
$700.00 USD

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