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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (October 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616890835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616890834
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A lovely paean to a vanishing art... Ms. Levine and Mr. Macon have hopscotched the country, interviewing many of the best remaining old-school sign painters and printing their best work... This book, with an introduction by the artist Ed Ruscha, is a funky and necessary work of preservation." -- New York Times

"With hand-painted signs rapidly going the way of the film camera, documentarians Levine and Macon offer a welcome look at some of the remaining artists and their work, which adorns storefronts, walls and billboards. New Yorker Stephen Powers began as a graffiti artist; Las Vegas painters Mark and Rosie Oatis met in sign school; Ernie Gosnell, in Seattle, learned the trade as a teen from a sign-painting lady wrestler who "tattooed a little bit on the side." It's a toss-up as to what's better - these characters or their art." -- New York Post

"This is not only a wonderful book, a delight to take in, rich and telling in its details and a visual pleasure with its gorgeous photography. It's an important book that captures a largely untold story." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Sign Painters is a great source of inspiration about this often-overlooked industry, and a good reminder to pay a little extra attention while out in the city, on the highway, or wherever. Beautiful hand-painted signs are everywhere." -- Smithsonian.com

"Full of stunning full-color shots of finished signs and works-in-progress of folks from San Francisco and Iowa City to Mazeppa and Boston. Even artist Ed Ruscha gets in on the action." -- Fast Company

"Every now and again, a book comes my way on a topic that is utterly and completely unexpected. Faythe Levine and Sam Macon's Sign Painters is the sort of artistic celebration that should be commonplace on the shelves.this is graphic design at its best; these signs command attention, enliven the landscape, and bring customers in... good stuff, and damned inspiring." -- Bookslut

"As lovingly hand made as the signs it celebrates... What comes across clearly is the respect for good work, letter by letter, that helps their clients' businesses succeed. This book captures the renaissance of the sign painter." --- Juxtapoz

"Artist Clark Byers may not be a household name, but if you've lived or traveled in the southeast U.S., you're probably familiar with his work. Byers, whose death in 2004 was commemorated with an obituary in the New York Times, painted the advertising slogan, "See Rock City," on the roofs of more than 900 barns from the late 1930s until the 1960s. Byers' and other artists' signs inspired filmmakers Sam Macon and Faythe Levine's great new book, Sign Painters, an homage to the craft and its craftsmen (and a great gift for the Americana-lover on your holiday shopping list)." -- Reader's Digest

About the Author

Since graduating from High School Faythe Levine hasn t stopped working on project after project. Her interest in outsider communities, artists and the stories and people whom often get overlooked have propelled her to travel extensively. The constant in Faythe s 20 years of creative work is her dedication to documenting her day to day life and travels through photographs and correspondence (once handwritten letters, now more commonly through social networking sites). This dedication has allowed her creative community to have an international reach full of a variety of both famous and infamous people of all types. Sam Macon is a filmmaker. He directs television commercials, music videos, short form documentaries and Web based video content through production company Radar Studios. He also helms commercial projects in Paris through Cosa Productions and in Moscow with Bazaleves Films. He is currently working on the feature length documentary Sign Painters. In addition to directing, Sam has taught video production at the Chicago Portfolio School and has been a guest lecturer at DePaul University and Syracuse University.

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Customer Reviews

Sign painters are like the tattoo artists of the commercial art world.
Emily S. Klug
This was requested as a Christmas gift and the recipient was happy with it.
kathyo
Great book for sign painters and folks looking to improve their skills.
D. Erickson

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By shellygirl on January 8, 2013
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This book will make you want to drop everything and just go paint signs for the rest of your life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Guillermo on February 22, 2013
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For those who cares for signage or lyricist this book is ideal.
Many examples, many images. Anything can be used as a basis for your own ideas.

Recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christina Rice on April 14, 2013
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The authors of this book should be commended for bringing to light a profession that, I for one, had never stopped to consider. Each chapter presents an oral history of a specific painter with beautifully reproduced examples of their work. This was a fascinating read from beginning to end and has caused me to view the city around me through a much more appreciative lens. Even though the industry as a whole has been in decline for a number of years, some of the artists in this book indicate that a renewed focus on hand-drawn sign painting has been slowly occurring. Let's hope they're right.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve on April 23, 2013
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Needed some inspiration so I bought this book. I couldn't be happier with it. So much inspiration from so many different points of view. The perfect book for the new sign painter or just a great coffee table boom
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David L. Kellems on April 21, 2013
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This book is an incredible "blast from the past" for us experienced old school sign painters. The book posits the notion sign painting is enjoying a renaissance after nearly three decades of computer driven cookie cutter signs being made by people without traditional design skills or talents. I'm slowly seeing this happening in my market area and couldn't be more happy. Excellent read with very high qulity images.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nola Figen on February 1, 2013
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Wonderful to see sign painters, so long overlooked, celebrated. I do wish, however, that some more whimsical styles had been represented.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lydia v. Pickett on March 15, 2013
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Made for a really wonderful Christmas gift for my artist boyfriend. He was thrilled with it and uses it as a reference all the time!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dcnjc on June 10, 2014
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This is not a "how to" book. It is 1-2 page stories about 2 dozen pros in the sign painting business. I enjoyed reading and being inspired by all stories and seeing pictures of their work. Truly a good book and should be appreciated by anyone involved in the trade. Also, I was very satisfied with the quality of printing. A good "coffee table" book.
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