This is a good book for anybody interested in sign painting or sign writing as we call it in the UK. The book has interesting interviews with old school as well as recent sign painters across America. It reminds us that before the 1980's all signs across the planet were painted by hand. When the transfer between hand painted signs to computer happened many sign painters and artists rightly thought it was a great shame, newer people to the planet don't know any different. Many old school sign painters that have passed on were similar to old school artists of my own trade tattooing, they both had reputations for liking a drink and they both had reputations for being grumpy it went with the territory and back in the day sometimes the two trades overlapped. The book reminds us of simpler times when if you were sign trained you could get work anywhere in the world and could drift from town to town with just a small box of brushes and paints picking up work if you wished. It also reminds us that then as well as today sign makers have a huge responsibility as do architects what our towns and landscapes will look like. Some forward thinking businesses of today are recognizing that hand painted signs stand out more and are more aesthetically pleasing than bland computer cut signs enabling hand painted signs to enjoy a steady comeback.
A book full of inspiring characters and tales. Filled with beautiful examples of the painters work, it is a book I will be continually referring back to. Each artist has their own history and path. Looking forward to the movie that's coming out too.
A great book, full of images and small company/individual profiles. It gives the impression that the documentary will hold a lot more on each company, so that buying the book in advance doesn't spoil the upcoming documentary.
A really inspiring book, and at this price it's a steal.
An excellent book for anyone interested in lettering, illustration, sign-painting or old Americana. Some excellent interviews with the big dogs and loads of great photos. Looking forward to seeing the spin-off film in the UK too.