Tarpon Sign

For this sign the client didn’t want the official Fishtown Shad fish, he wanted a fish that I had never heard of, a tarpon. Keep an eye out and you might catch a glimpse of this beauty.

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This fish is found in the Atlantic Ocean and is considered one of the great saltwater game fishes, if lucky, you just might catch a glimpse of it in Fishtown. I bet this Tarpon put up a good fight!

This fish is found in the Atlantic Ocean and is considered one of the great saltwater game fishes, if lucky, you just might catch a glimpse of it in Fishtown. I bet this Tarpon put up a good fight!

Enjoy this Tarpon Recipe:

You probably don’t want to eat tarpon . This advice is based on sheer practicality. Tarpon is smelly, has far too many bones to be practical, and doesn’t taste particularly better than any other fish. The best way to enjoy it is to poach the crap out of it and then  make fish cakes with plenty of spices and aromatics  so you don’t really taste the tarpon.  Even then, you’re probably better off just going to the store and picking up some  salmon filets . They’ll taste better and are much, much easier to prepare.   Tarpon Fish Cakes Recipe   Ingredients:  about 2 quarts chicken broth or stock  3-4 lbs of cleaned and skinned tarpon fillets  1 onion, finely chopped  1 bell pepper, finely chopped  about 3 pounds of mashed potatoes  4 eggs  2 tablespoons of fancy mustard (deli or dijon)  1 1/2 tablespoons of garlic powder  1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or cumin  salt and pepper to taste  some oil for frying

You probably don’t want to eat tarpon. This advice is based on sheer practicality. Tarpon is smelly, has far too many bones to be practical, and doesn’t taste particularly better than any other fish. The best way to enjoy it is to poach the crap out of it and then make fish cakes with plenty of spices and aromatics so you don’t really taste the tarpon.

Even then, you’re probably better off just going to the store and picking up some salmon filets. They’ll taste better and are much, much easier to prepare.

Tarpon Fish Cakes Recipe

Ingredients:

about 2 quarts chicken broth or stock

3-4 lbs of cleaned and skinned tarpon fillets

1 onion, finely chopped

1 bell pepper, finely chopped

about 3 pounds of mashed potatoes

4 eggs

2 tablespoons of fancy mustard (deli or dijon)

1 1/2 tablespoons of garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or cumin

salt and pepper to taste

some oil for frying

Swingin' Mahi

Before starting this Mahi sign, I really needed to learn a little more about them. Living in the center of a big city, I don’t see many of these fish around unless of course there’s chopstix in my hands. The first thing I noticed about them is that they all seem really pissed off and ready for a fight. I wanted the number plate to highlight just how powerful and fast these fish are. Did you know that a Mahi can swim up to like 60 m/h? Neither did I.

This was a fun fish to work on because it really brightened up my studio and gave me the chance to learn a little about this magnificent fish.

This beautiful Mahi will be the best catch of the day. Sure it’s cliche, but I had to.

This beautiful Mahi will be the best catch of the day. Sure it’s cliche, but I had to.

The wood template I hand cut from pine. Every sign, and basically every side, is it’s own unique painting. Each side is just a little different.

The wood template I hand cut from pine. Every sign, and basically every side, is it’s own unique painting. Each side is just a little different.

This was one of my first ideas about combining the hanging number plate with that big powerful fin. Additionally there was a concern that the fin all alone would be especially susceptible to being broken.

This was one of my first ideas about combining the hanging number plate with that big powerful fin. Additionally there was a concern that the fin all alone would be especially susceptible to being broken.

Now THAT’S a good looking fish! The photo is a blurry but the smile on his face says it all.

Now THAT’S a good looking fish! The photo is a blurry but the smile on his face says it all.

Here’s a view looking out at the water.

Here’s a view looking out at the water.