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Sign Painters

Sign Painters

Princeton Architectural Press

By Faythe Levine and Sam Macon


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There was a time—as recently as the 1980s—when
storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards,
and even street signs were all hand-lettered with
brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign
industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise
of quicker and cheaper. The resulting proliferation of
computer-designed, die-cut vinyl lettering and inkjet
printers has ushered a creeping sameness into our
visual landscape. Fortunately, there is a growing trend
to seek out traditional sign painters and a renaissance
in the trade. In 2010 filmmakers Faythe Levine,
coauthor of Handmade Nation, and Sam Macon began
documenting these dedicated practitioners, their timehonored
methods, and their appreciation for quality
and craftsmanship. Sign Painters, the first anecdotal
history of the craft, features stories and photographs
of more than two dozen sign painters working in cities
throughout the United States.

• Foreword by the legendary painter Ed Ruscha
(a former sign painter)

• Features sign painters young and old, including the
new vanguard working solo or in shops such as
San Francisco’s New Bohemia Signs and New York’s
Colossal Media’s Sky High Murals

• Tied to the Sign Painters documentary, screenings
in Fall 2012 and Winter 2013

• Second book by Faythe Levine, coauthor of our
best-selling Handmade Nation

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More Details

Size: 7.5 x 9.5 in;
Pages: 176 pp;
Format: Paperback
Publication: October 2012
ISBN: 9781616890834
ISBN10: 1616890835