Walldogs are a group of sign & mural artists from all over the globe. The tradition of painting wall advertisements dates back to the late 19th century. Evidence of this can be seen in the form of faded advertisements called “Ghost Signs” – found throughout communities of all sizes. These mural painters of old were often called ‘Walldogs’. We adopted this nickname.
Along with the title of Walldog, today’s mural artists have also adopted many other traditions that show in their work, from the colors they use to the design styles they practice; these murals capture that sense of nostalgia and historic significance.
The Walldog movement began in Allerton, Iowa during the late summer of 1993 and was hosted by Nancy Bennett. That “meet” was the first official Walldog meet. Dozens of sign artists – or “Letterheads” (the sign painting group The Walldogs evolved out of) – arrived in Allerton to paint several large historic wall advertisements signs and military-themed murals. Since then, the Walldog Movement has continued to grow.