Tinkering Monkey is a signage studio that uses today’s tools to make the art of traditional signmaking accessible to everyone.

We started Tinkering Monkey as a way to create things we believe have meaning and longevity. In today’s disposable world, we find passion in creating something that will be cherished for years to come.
We love that each sign that goes out our doors has its own unique character. We put the same effort into every sign as if it were our own, and we find ourselves just as excited finishing today’s signs as we were with our first.


  • Mike Cheung
    Mike CheungCo-Founder, Production

    Mike is a DIY enthusiast, author, and avid cyclist with a habit of taking things apart and putting them back together as he sees fit. He grew up in Georgia shootin’ guns and cow tipping, but now lives a much safer life as a product designer in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • Paula Chang
    Paula ChangCo-Founder, Operations

    Paula is a Silicon Valley native who had early exposure to technology, leading to a career crafting brands online and offline. When she’s not in front of the computer, you can find her practicing yoga, booking flights to faraway places, or experimenting with world cuisine in the kitchen.

  • Henry
      HenryHuman Resources

      Henry grew up in the dangerous streets of Oakland, and ended up doing a little time at the SPCA facilities. After getting out, he turned his life around and now lives a life of leisure doing the bare minimum at Tinkering Monkey.

    • We’re Hiring!
        We’re Hiring!Order Processing Specialist

        We’re looking for someone to join our team and be on the front lines of communication with our customers. Our amazing new hire will take the lead on our ordering process and handle each transaction from start to finish.

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      Tinkering Monkey is located at the Cotton Mill Studios, a brick-and-timber warehouse space in Oakland, California. The warehouse was originally a cotton mill that began in 1883 and became the largest textile mill operation west of the Mississippi. We share the building with an eclectic group of artists, designers, and businesses.

      500 SQUARE FEET

      Believe it or not, we make everything in our tiny studio along the highway. The beautiful views of San Francisco and downtown Oakland make up for the tight quarters.


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