- Matthew Schniper
Boyd Struble made a few of them, including the high-heeled Blue Slipper Café sign and the giant pencil labeled Scott Office Products, Inc. In the Springs he’s done repair work on iconic signs like the one above Johnny’s Navajo Hogan. He’s been toiling in neon for over 30 years, running his own company, Boyd’s Neon, since 2001. Though he doesn’t do design, he makes the tubes for many of the sign companies in the area — and there’s a bit of an art to that process alone.
- Griffin Swartzell
“You pull it down to what’s called a black vacuum; there’s nothing in there,” he says. At this point, he also runs electricity through the tubes to remove any impurities. Afterward, he fills each tube with the appropriate gas and caps each with an igniter. When plugged in, the igniter charges the gas in the tube with electricity, causing it to glow.
Struble also lights his own house with neon. He notes a blacklight half-moon as a permanent wall decoration, plus Halloween decor. And whenever the Broncos are playing, he hangs a glowing logo in a window.