Sign Painters is a new book that chronicles Sam Macon and Faythe Levine’s journey around America to track down painters who still create designs by hand. Although the sign industry has been overrun by computer-designed, die-cut vinyl lettering and inkjet printers, there is a growing trend to seek out traditional sign painters.
Levine and Macon have been documenting these dedicated practitioners and their time-honored methods. Wired reports that they traveled for 18 months looking for veteran practitioners and new-generation sign painters, and they hope their project spurs a renaissance in hand-crafted signage.
Sign Painters features stories and photos of over two dozen sign painters working throughout the U.S., including collaborative shops such as San Francisco’s New Bohemia Signs and New York’s Colossal Media’s Sky High Murals. Click through to see a selection of the hand painted signs featured in the new book: