Friday, April 5, 2013

Sign Painting

A building downtown currently being renovated reveals some nice hand painted lettering.
Rip off the façade of most older building and underneath you may find this sort of crafty work.
Sign painting is yet another form of handmade art on the verge of extinction.
In the last decade the common sign painter has all but disappeared with the advent of computer generated vinyl die-cut lettering.
Where I work at the Community Center we still persist on using hand painted billboards for our cultural events but it gets harder all the time. (Our last sign painter just retired).
Here are a few signs that have been used in the area:
(This one is from  some years ago)
The Community Center still uses this San Francisco Mime Troupe sign every year.
Mexican Arts Festival
Lia May Byrd designed the Day of the Dead art for this one some years ago

Nice benefit signage in the manner of Victor Moscoso.

The design for our annual Spring Art Show
(Which is coming this May)

If you want to know a bit more about the art and craft of hand lettering there's a documentary film in the works. 

Check out this clip:

1 comment:

  1. Kudos for the great sign-painter video.
    Zero kudos for Hazel Construction for covering up part of the old garage sign. A buddy got a bad iPhone photo of it, just before they covered it up.