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By Faythe Levine Sam Macon Ed Ruscha | Comments: ( 381 ) | Date: ( Nov 18, 2019 )

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 priThere 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 time honored methods, and their appreciation for quality and craftsmanship Sign Painters, the first anecdotal history of the craft, features stories and photographs of than two dozen sign painters working in cities throughout the United States.


  • Title: Sign Painters
  • Author: Faythe Levine Sam Macon Ed Ruscha
  • ISBN: 9781616890834
  • Page: 450
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Faythe Levine Sam Macon Ed Ruscha

Faythe Levine Born 1977, Minneapolis, Minnesota is a photographer, businesswoman, and prominent figure in the D.I.Y Ethic indie craft movement She grew up in Seattle and currently lives in Milwaukee.



Comments Sign Painters

  • Scott Boms

    As someone who has a real affinity for anyone doing work with letters or simply working with tangible things, I was truly engrossed with this book. It's important that there is an effort to record the stories of the master practitioners before they're gone. They're funny, touching, and it's hard to not connect with them on some level - to feel an attachment to the craft and to want to keep it alive. With that in mind, I was very pleaded to find the Blue Print Text Book included in the appendix - [...]


  • Robin

    Nearly everything I wanted. Nearly, because what I really want now is to read every manual these painters ever wrote.


  • Don

    This is a companion to a documentary Sign Painters.The book is 75% gorgeous photography accompanying short, one page, biographical information about the sign painters. Each painter, or mechanic, as they were called themselves in the old days, gets a 2 or 3 page spread. The tone is mostly bittersweet about how it used to be, since the trade has been replaced by computers. But the signs are exuberant! There is not a lot of technical information but the appendix is a reproduction of a sign painters [...]


  • Allie

    I heard about the documentary on 99% Invisible and I checked out this book when I noticed it on one of our display tables at the library. It's pretty interesting and really beautiful, and I think I might be able to see the movie at this year's Milwaukee Film Festival! Woo!


  • Sheryl

    I've wanted this book for so long. Grandpa was a sign painter and I grew up breathing paint fumes and watching signs go from sketches on envelopes to cardboard tempera mock ups to full sized huge signs. All done by one guy by hand. I still have many of the mock ups and photos of all the signs. I was hoping for a little more her about technique, obstacles, art. But still great to see the breed is alive and still using paint.


  • Nick Douglas

    The text can get repetitive — each sign painter reminds us that computers and vinyl make for bland signs — but it's a fair and under-appreciated point. There are fun stories and pretty pictures. I wasn't convinced that every artist's signs were actually good, but I didn't need to be, and most of the pictures made me want to open up a taco truck just to get the side painted.


  • Cassidy

    This is a lovely little book that left me wanting more. I haven't yet seen the movie, and the book definitely feels like a companion book to a film, as opposed to a work that stands on its own. But the artists profiled, the gorgeous images of them and their work, and the story woven together from these different threads is quite compelling and inspiring.


  • Ed

    Chapters on folk artists who are distinguished in their field. Would have liked to see a more diverse representation of painters here, but there were a good handful of old-timers included (not just hipster revivalists). If you like this kind of thing, check out Levine's other book, Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY Art, Craft, and Design.


  • Michael Seidel

    A wonderful collection of oral histories about an under-appreciated form of communication. The numerous accompanying photos are insanely vibrant and really bring the subject matter to life. This is definitely the kind of book that will force a person to be more aware of their visual surroundings as they move throughout a city.


  • Bill

    As a former old-school sign painter and current graphic/sign designer I enjoyed this book. Interviews and examples of the work of sign artists who have kept the craft and tradition of hand-paints signs alive in the age of computer-cut vinyl are inspiring. Walldogs rock!


  • Laura

    An interesting look at a topic I never really thought about. Would be more interesting to a collector, painter, or even designer.


  • Tony Tran

    Good overview on the craft and inspirational interviews on the people who are in it.


  • Luke

    Fascinating and beautiful book.


  • Kristen

    Lots of inspiration here. Would love some more info from these painters about how to get into the business more. Haven't watched the accompanying documentary, but I plan to.


  • Bernd Pichal

    Great book, i also loved the blueprints at the end!


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