Sign painting – a lost art

Everyone is up in arms about the Web putting our beloved print out of business, but there hasn’t been much talk regarding what affect the print industry has had on other trades.

Sign Painters, is a well-written documentary that showcases some of these present day practitioners and the the quality, craftsmanship, and appreciation for design they still maintain. Filmmakers Faythe Levine and Sam Macon tell the stories of dozens of sign painters across the country and how the corporate desire to do things more quickly and cheaply is resulting in a lost art

The film takes a close look at the struggle with technology that these artists face thanks to the growing use of die-cut lettering and ink-jet printers. Take a look at the movie below, you may reconsider going with that off the shelf vinyl banner.

(The above image is of New York’s Colossal Media’s Sky High crew at work on the corner of Metropolitan & Driggs in Brooklyn NY)



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