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Absolutely fascinating investigation uncovering the historical connections between two glass signs for F.W. Woolworth Co. and the Winston-Salem sit-ins that played a major role in the American Civil Rights movement. (Watch on www.pbs.org here.) Hat tip to Meredith at the Pre-Vinylite Society for spotting this, […]

F.W. Woolworth Co. and the Winston-Salem Sit-Ins










Hand-painted sign saying 'Sign painters do it in 1 shot' 13
The Sign Painter Movie is now on tour with dates booked in until November, including Scotland and New Zealand for those outside the film’s USA base. I was treated to a preview screening and also got my hands on the book that accompanies the film. […]

Sign Painters: The movie, the book and the resurgence




Raja Painter Horn Please by Shantanu Suman 9
Horn Please is a short film by directors Shantanu Suman and Istling Mirche, all about the bright and colourful hand-painted trucks that fuel India‘s massive goods transportation system. It is an insightful and captivating expose of this fascinating cultural phenomenon, touching on the history of truck […]

Horn Please and the wonderful world of India’s hand-painted trucks



Screen shot from the Sign Painter's Dream
The Sign Painter’s Dream from WVPT on Vimeo. The above episode of Reading Rainbow featured a reading of Roget Roth’s children’s book, The Sign Painter’s Dream. That ends at about ten minutes in and then it cuts to some interesting material about Times Square’s ‘spectaculars’, […]

The Sign Painter’s Dream



Film still showing a man's hand painting with a brush
This was new to me today, the first film from Colossal Media and a tribute to the team at Sky High Murals who execute their huge hand-painted advertising murals in the USA. Nice. (Read more Colossal Media posts.) Another tribute comes in book with the […]

Sign painter tributes from Colossal Media and the Sign Painter ...



Hand painted counter with the words, "Who let the dogs in...who...who...who?"
Walldog is the nickname given to those that once roamed the USA painting signs and slogans on brick walls, roadside barns and any other surface capable of providing a canvass for their advertising art. The International Walldog Mural & Sign Art Museum is a celebration of […]

The International Walldog Mural & Sign Art Museum



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Bennie Frazier’s retro fashion store in Sweetwater, Texas, is an unlikely home for a collection of original artworks from Bill Martin, late resident of the same town. These depict the colourful roadside signs that once characterised American highways, often using neon and sometimes as big […]

American Roadside sign art from Bill Martin


Screen shot of hand painted sign by Derek McDonald of Golden West Sign Arts
Another signpainter profiled on film, this time Derek McDonald of Golden West Sign Arts, one of the craftsman who worked on this year’s ‘Declaration of Independence’ campaign for Jack Daniel’s. More from Derek in this extended article from Oakland North. Is it just me or […]

Derek McDonald film and interview





Still from a film by Marco Puccini 1
In a slight departure from painted lettering here is a film by Marco Puccini showcasing some flamboyant examples of inked lettering using a variety of calligraphy tools.  While on the subject, it is also worth checking out this film profiling master calligrapher Paul Antonio on […]

Flamboyant calligraphy from Luca Barcellona & Francesca Biasetton




Screen shot from signpainting film Keepers of the Craft
This short film by new director Nathaniel Day from the Art Institute of Dallas profiles the work of Starr Studios in Dallas.  It is another great addition to a growing body of documentary material including: Danny Cooke’s profiling of David Smith; JJ from LA; the […]

Keepers of the Craft film profiles Starr Studios in Dallas