HERE’S THE SCOOP:
- A new trend in cosmetic surgery involves hiring calligraphers to create custom signatures.
- Practitioners offer a range of signature styles and templates to choose from, with packages costing anywhere from $10 to $600.
- While some experts worry about the potential for fraud, many clients are happy with their new signatures and find the process to be a form of artistic self-expression.
In a surprising new trend, people are turning to calligraphers for help in creating custom signatures that better reflect their personalities and image. Social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram are home to a growing community of signature design enthusiasts, and practitioners like Priscilla Molina in Los Angeles are seeing a steady stream of clients. “They’re not happy with the way they sign their names. They don’t relate to who they are. They don’t give the message they want to convey to the world,” Molina explains.
Packages offered by signature doctors like Molina range from $10 to $55 and include options like elegant, subtle, dramatic, sharp, classic, artistic, condensed, curvy, legible – or even illegible. Templates and stencils are also available, and clients are encouraged to practice their new signatures until they become proficient. While some experts worry about the potential for fraud, others like James Green, a certified document examiner, have found the new signatures to be difficult to replicate due to their unique flourishes and proportions (source).
For many clients, the process of getting a new signature is seen as a way to reinvent themselves and express their artistic side. Juan Herrera, a Miami-based cargo pilot, decided to pursue a signature makeover after receiving a $750 Montblanc pen from his wife. “I always felt that my signature was the same from high school without any style, and it was easy to copy,” he says (source). After paying about $99 for 10 custom signatures, Herrera received practice sheets and was soon proficient in the one he picked. “I use it every day. I also use it for legal documents,” he says.
Old Man says
Dirtay Ol' Man says
Not even dees nutz…
I would have like to have seen examples of the different types of signatures the calligraphers created for their customers. A before and after.
Doug Litchfield says
Since cursive writing doesn’t seem to be taught in schools these days, copying block letter signatures would be easy to do. So using a calligraphy style would be nigh impossible for the average Joe to duplicate without painstaking practice. Having a stamp made up of the desired flourish should suffice.