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Sign painters

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 time-honored 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
Print Book, English, ©2013
Princeton Architectural Press, New York, ©2013
183 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm
9781616890834, 1616890835
The sign painters : Doc Guthrie
Sean Barton
Stephen Powers
Justin Green
Mark and Rose Oatis
Bob Behounek
Norma Jeanne Maloney
Gary Martin
Ira Coyne
Roderick Laine Treece
Sean Starr
Caitlyn Galloway
Mike Meyer
John Downer
Ernie Gosnell
Jeff Canham
Damon Styer
Josh Luke
Keith Knecht
Nick Barber
Bob Dewhurst
Phil Vandervaart
Forrest Wozniak
Colossal Media, Paul Lindahl & Adrian Moeller
Appendix : Wagner's Blue print textbook of signs and show card lettering