Mortar Artist Works in the Clouds

During the day you can often catch artist Patrick Jones 130 feet up in the air working on electric signs across the Chicagoland area. Outside of work and back on the ground, you’ll find him creating awesome designs like the one on this new Hyzerbomb Frontline Swirled Mortar.

For this custom DGU design, Jones brings you into a sandbag bunker complete with barbed wire. Taking a futuristic look at the Mortar weapon, Jones designed this Mortar to be more streamlined and robotic and added a cool touch of tracks underneath for added mobility.

Overall, it’s a design that’ll help lead your assault on the course.
Jones, 34, who lives in Plano, Ill. (outside of Chicago), has had an interest in drawing since grade school. He went to school for video game design, but realized he did not want to spend his days cooped up indoors, so he joined the family trade of high-wire electric sign installation and maintenance. Passing through Chicago, you’ve probably seen some of his handiwork on buildings and along highways. His grandfather owned a sign business in Michigan and now Jones works with his dad at Express Signs in Chicago.

When it comes to working 130 feet above the air, Jones has a healthy fear of heights like anyone else, but he doesn’t let that get in his way. “You just suck it up and deal with it,” says Jones, adding it’s all about getting the work done then getting back on the ground.
No office boredom here. Every day is different he said. He recently worked on replacing dozens of marquee style light bulbs at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind. Here’s a short video. Press Play at the bottom of the image. (Look how far down the truck is).

When’ he’s not way up in the air, he’s busy with his disc design projects. He did the tournament stamp for the Illinois State Championships, which are happening in July. And he’s also done a variety of other projects for other events, players, clubs and for himself to sell.


He said he owes a lot to his dad for encouraging him in his interests and helping him with design ideas. They work together every day so they’re always bouncing design ideas off each other. Jones said his dad offered the cool idea of ‘Honest Abe’ putting (above with pennies on the Illinois State Championship design. Check it out. It’s quite cool.
He also credits his wife as a big supporter. With two kids and one on the way, life gets pretty hectic, but she still understands the importance of Patrick's work, he said.

Follow Jones on Facebook at PJ’s Disc Art.