Sign Painters is about the people, practices and art of sign painting and hand lettering. The book is comprised of transcribed interviews and images Faythe Levine and Sam Macon collected over two years of filming with working sign painters across America. The conversations, ruminations and thoughts expressed by these working sign painters communicate the history, the current state, and the future of this oft overlooked trade. Though the book will be a great read for the sign painting community, the book is more directed at your average aesthetically minded citizen. Anyone interested in art, design, public space, community, etc. should find this book of value. Sign painting occupies an interesting cross section of art and commerce, design and utility, artistry and labor, and this book tells this unique story.
Foreword by the painter Ed Ruscha (former sign painter); First anecdotal history of American sign painters; A rich collection of typography and process images; Second book by Faythe Levine, the author of the successful Handmade Nation.
ANNOTATED TABLE OF CONTENTS; Acknowledgments; Foreword: artist Ed Rucsha (former sign painter)--to be confirmed; Preface: authors Faythe Levine and Sam Macon; Introduction: Glenn Adamson, deputy head of research and head of graduate studies at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V 1. Rey Guise; 2. Steve Powers; 3. Caitlyn Galloway; 4. Justin Green; 5. Bob Dewherst; 6. Ira Coyne; 7. Sean Barton; 8. Jeff Canham; 9. Ernie Gosnell; 10. Norma Jeanne Maloney; 11. Keith Knecht; 12. Colossal Media; 13. Mark Oatis; 14. Rose Oatis; 15. Ralph "Doc" Guthrie // LA Trade Tech; 16. Nick Barber; 17. Gary Martin; 18. Bob Behounek; 19. Mike Myer; 20. John Downer; 21. Forrest Wozniak; 22. Phil Vandervaart; 23. Steve Powers; 24. Josh Luke; 25. Damon Styer; 26. Sean Starr; Illustrated Glossary reprinted from Wagner School of Sign Arts; Contributor Biographies: Faythe Levine, Sam Macon, Josh Luke, Ira Coyne, Travis Auclair; Resource Index.