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Alum McKinna Salinas — a Trader Joe’s master sign maker

Did you know that Trader Joe’s idiosyncratic signs are custom-made by local artists? It’s true — “Behind every Trader Joe’s sign is a working artist who painted it.”

This Washington Post’s article takes a look at some of these creative staff artists, including art studio alum McKinna Salinas (B.A., ’18). Salinas, now living and painting for the Philadelphia area Trader Joe’s, creates signage inspired by works in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s collection such as Winslow Homer’s “The Life Line” with a man saving a carrot instead of a drowning woman. View more of Salinas’ food paintings and signs @mckinna_art

Next time you visit Trader Joe’s for more Cauliflower Gnocchi or Mint Joe Joe’s, take a little time to appreciate the handmade signage from local artists.

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