Perfection is Standard, Mistakes Cost Extra


This is a good story about actors in the art market:

ICY Signs – Perfection is Standard, Mistakes Cost Extra .

At its current location, 72 Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn, the ICY shop produces signs for local businesses and serves as an open studio where passersby are invited to enter and witness the painting process first-hand. Beginning on October 24th, the opening of ICY Signs Chelsea (a.k.a. Joshua Liebermann Gallery, images below and here -Ed.) will increase the reach of the ICY project, bringing hand-painted signage to a new neighborhood with the input and blessing of local residents.

In a recent interview, Powers said of his and the work of his co-workers (That is: Sean Barton, Lew Blum, Justin Green, Mike Lee, Sam Meyerson, Dan Murphy, Alexis Ross, Matt Wright):

“We want to make a mark on the landscape of New York. In the way that I did with graffiti, I want to do that now with painted signage—there’s just not enough of it. [...] I want chaos—I want the ninety-nine cent store to look the way it does, I want something crazy next door, and I want something even crazier down the block. That’s the way it should be. That’s the way it was a hundred, fifty, and twenty years ago and the city looked awesome for it.”

[...] In a city that has gone the way of the chain store—where the blocks are cluttered with uniform awnings and vinyl lettering and classic signs are replaced or left to deteriorate—ICY’s job is to make the everyday interesting, and the interesting every day.

ICY’s work has to be appreciated for two reasons: It creates a ground for ESPOs and his coworkers fine art (commercial) works. It opens your eyes for retro signs.

Service is his only product

Font love letters on walls – Stephen Powers / ESPO. Available from various galleries. Book: A love letter for you: Brick Valentines on the Philly Skyline (DAP Publishers). Studio shot by theselby, more here.

A street type

Street font photography by Joel Birch.  For more like this check his crew lo-fi  collective and especially the typographers below.

Sanborn maps

“Sanborn Maps were originally created for assessing fire insurance liability in  many areas  of the United States. The maps include detailed information regarding town and building information in approximately 12,000 U.S. towns and cities from 1867 to 1970. They are  a very useful resource for historical research, planning, preservation and  genealogical research.” From Dan Tate´s blog.

Fabio Pirovino

Working with forms, Fabio Pirovino, from the ‘Leitmotif’ show.

Fabian Seiz

Machinery like sculptures made from found objects. By Fabian Seiz, images courtesy of Layr Wuestenhagen, Vienna.

Parallel strokes by Ian Lynam

Parallel Strokes is a 244 page collection of interviews with twenty-plus contemporary typeface designers, graffiti writers, and lettering artists around the world. The book is introduced with a comprehensive essay charting the history of graffiti, its relation to type design, and how the two practices relate in the wider context of lettering. Printed in glorious Canada and published by Wordshape. Amazon: $ 40. Essential, still.

Black out stencil

Looking for a decent stencil type? The black out turns your walls into an neo 60s loft.

Alphabattle / I am labelled as a bad character

Recent entries from ‘the bad character’ for the alphabattle at Right now, ‘E’ is up.

Jim Flora’s Illustrations


Now I know how where Parra draws some of his inspiration from – check Jim Flora’s signature and the white-orange-blue-black colorway from his classic album-cover art ’Mambo for cats’ (1955). “Dresseur d’animaux” by Francis Picabia seems to be influential, too.