Grid Mark Signs – The story behind the mysterious giant metal dice

In the link below see how Grid Mark Signs, owner Chris Gridley turned an old rusty tank into a monument now standing in the Coeur D’Alene skate park.

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — It was the talk of the town this past weekend and into Monday: how did a giant metal die wind up on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene?

It appeared next to the Resort over the weekend and city crews removed it from the water Monday, but residents wanted answers. Where had it come from in the first place?

The tank washed ashore Driftwood Point in 2008. It was stuck on Michele Gridley’s mother’s neighbors beach and they got tired of looking at it.

“We don’t know where it came from, it just showed up on the beach,” Chris Gridley said of the mystery box.
“My husband…made some large vinyl circles to place on the tank to look like a die,” explained Michele Gridley.

The Gridleys own a sign shop, Grid Mark Signs, in Spokane. Chris Gridley made the dots to create the die, and his in-law’s house became affectionately known to some locals as “Dice Beach.”

The die stayed at “Dice Beach” for another five years, before it drifted away last week.. and landed right next to downtown.


“We’ll always kind of miss it, since we always got a giggle out of it, but we never expected it to become so popular when it recently washed up by Independence Point,” said Michele Gridley.

“It just shows you the wear and durability of decals stuck to a rusty tank floating across the county,” Chris Gridley said with a laugh.

City crews moved the die from the water downtown, but not before plenty of locals got photos with the unusual landmark.

The die now lives off Northwest Boulevard, by the skate park. Still more people are visiting it there to snap a photo.

Still no word on who actually owns the metal box, but at least we know why it was transformed into a die!
 Grid Mark Signs – Chris Gridley the man behind the mystery!

Door Magnets Verses Vinyl Decals

Door magnets – are a good tool for short distance travel

If you are hauling a heavy load and need to display your DOT and GVW temporarily this is a good option.

Disadvantages –

There are disadvantages to door magnets, first thing is you need to have metal doors. These days most vehicles even the big trucks do not have metal doors there made of aluminum or plastic. So that should be the first thing to check to make sure you have vehicle doors that will hold door magnets.

Another disadvantage to door magnets is weather, high winds and even speed can play a part in a long distant trip. You could be driving along, and next thing you know your magnet has blown off and you won’t even realize it until you stop.  Or your moving a medium to heavy-duty truck that requires DOT and GVW on your door, the magnet flies off you may get stopped by an officer because your information is not on the door.

Vinyl decals – is our recommendation 

We recommend vinyl for long distance trips this option will save you on so many levels as we just explained. So, if you need door magnets or a door decal Grid Mark Signs is your one stop shop.

Mobile Advertising Machine

As a business owner or manager, you know how important branding and marketing is.

Grid Mark Signs can turn your company vehicle or fleet into a mobile advertising machine. Our high quality digital printing combined with the best vinyl and lamination will give you long-lasting advertising exposure. Whether you’re in need of a full vehicle wrap, partial wrap, or just a door decal, we can find a solution to help increase the visibility of your business.

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