Thursday, October 25, 2012

Bye Bye Blogger!

Long lost Blogger followers!

Obviously I've dropped the ball on this blog for the last year or so but that's all about to change! In fact, there are a lot of changes happening for Best Dressed Signs right now, including a major surge in business and exposure (thanks in major part to Josh being featured in Sign Painters, the companion book to the forthcoming documentary also called Sign Painters and all the media attention that's been getting), a new website, a few interns, and a boost in management (that means me!).

To keep up with all the demands of a rapidly growing business in the rapidly changing world of the internet, we're moving our blog to Tumblr. This one will still remain here as an archive (so we can remember how happy and thankful we were to get our first sign job in Boston and that we were reaching 100 Facebook followers!) but in order to reach an ever-widening audience, we feel it's best to move where the party's at and apparently for the time being, that's Tumblr (am I even right about that? Maybe there's already something even newer and better that I'll join years from now thinking I'm on top of my social media shit).

So please follow us on Tumblr (and Facebook and Twitter and Flickr and Pinterest and maybe even Instagram soon--jeesh!) to keep up with our every move! We're even planning to start keeping a video diary (maybe on Vimeo? Is that the latest and greatest?)!

The Best Dressed Blog may be moving, but Best Dressed Signs isn't going anywhere!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The 2011 Best Dressed Signs Year in Review

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2011 was a busy year for Best Dressed Signs! In addition to cranking out signs for Orchard Skateshop, Facebook, Follow the Honey, Goorin Brothers, and a new glass gild for Chameleon Tattoo, among others, Josh also participated in five gallery shows and completed his first year of grad school! 

In February and June, Josh showed work at the Summit Gallery and Guerrero Gallery, both in San Francisco before beginning work on the behemoth sign for the new Facebook office in NYC. In November, Josh contributed work to the Type Show  and the Hundreds Show, both at the Lincoln Arts Project in Waltham, MA while also curating and showing work in the Pre-Vinylite Show at Orchard Skateshop. In the midst of this artistic frenzy, Josh and Kenji Nakayama conducted a sign painting demo at Orchard in which they shared their knowledge with a sizable group of sign enthusiasts! Josh was interviewed about the Pre-Vinylite show and sign painting demo by Boston's Weekly Dig magazine. You can read the article here

As the year is winding down, Josh is gearing up! He is currently working on a piece for another upcoming art show at Guererro Gallery called An American Language and he's been commissioned to paint the chapter titles for the forthcoming companion book to the Sign Painter Movie. All before beginning a new outdoor job painting a plaza on the Harvard Campus. Gotta pay the rent!

Stay tuned for more adventures in sign painting in 2012!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Lone Wolf Tattoo, Bellmore, NY

This past week I made a trip down to New York to gild a sign for Lone Wolf Tattoo in Bellmore, Long Island. I took the Bolt Bus down from Boston in true journeyman style with my sign kit and pattern in tow. Upon arriving in Manhattan, I met up with my friend CJ and stayed with him the first night. CJ joined me on the Long Island Railroad and helped out with applying the pattern. In return I showed him how the gilding process works. For the next few nights I stayed in Brooklyn with my friend Nicki and made the trip out to Bellmore for the rest of the week. I had a great time hanging out with everyone at the shop and gett'n a real Long Island experience! 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Pre-Vinylite Society Artists' Statement

Artists’ Statement

The name, The Pre-Vinylite Society, is inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a group of young English artists in the 19th century who were tired of the contemporary trend in art that venerated and imitated Raphael’s classical model. They held that the kind of rote, mechanistic replication that permeated the paintings of their day corrupted art and made it devoid of emotion and humanity. In a similar vein of rebellion, The Pre-Vinylite Society proposes to subvert the recent convention of lifeless vinyl signage as a digression from the time-honored institution and rich history of hand-painted signs.

The craft of sign painting has survived through the tradition of mastery and apprenticeship and The Pre-Vinylite Society Sign Art Show highlights the skills and techniques that have been passed down through the ages. However, though The Pre-Vinylite Society’s signs serve to represent the classic signage of yesteryear, they are nevertheless very much products of the present day. While the signs in this show reflect many traditional techniques of sign painting, such as letter design, gold leaf, and glue chipping, they also push the boundaries of sign making as a solely mercantile art and assert the art of sign painting as a gallery-worthy endeavor. The Pre-Vinylite artists challenge the idea of sign painting as purely commercial by combining fine art mediums such as oil painting and sculpture into their works and employing ironic materials for their surfaces such as polyurethane and vinyl records.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Pre-Vinylite Society Sign Art Demo

Thanks to everyone who came out for The Pre-Vinylite Society Sign Art Opening on Saturday night. It was a huge success and we have a lot of people to thank for helping it all come together. Thanks also to the bloggers who posted photos so quickly after the opening. Here are some links:

If you missed the opening, have no fear! The show runs through mid-December and there will be a sign painting demo/workshop this Saturday, November 19th at 2pm in the gallery upstairs at Orchard Skateshop. Pre-Vinylites Josh Luke and Kenji Nakayama will explain basic sign painting tools and techniques such as basic letter strokes, pattern making, pinstriping, and gold leaf.

Unlike the opening, which was 21+, this event is suitable for all ages! Come by and let the masters show you how it's done!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Pre-Vinylite Society Sign Art Show Opening Nov 12

This unique art show features signs artists and lettering enthusiasts from across the nation who are associated with the Pre-Vinylite Society, a loose network of like-minded letter junkies. The show will emphasize sign art as a gallery-worthy craft, exhibiting the talents of several generations of sign painters in what is quickly becoming known as a Sign Painting Renaissance.

The time honored trade of sign painting has survived through the tradition of mastery and apprenticeship and the Pre-Vinylite Society Sign Art Show highlights the skills and techniques that have been passed down through the ages. 

Curated by Josh Luke of Best Dressed Signs, the Pre-Vinylite Society Sign Art Show is the first of its kind on the East Coast. Among other talented painters from around the country, the show will include artists from San Francisco's New Bohemia Signs, a renowned sign shop owned by the venerable Damon Styer, whose artists have participated in several West Coast sign art gallery shows, including the recent Guererro Gallery show (as seen in Juxtapoz Magazine) featuring Steve Powers and Jeff Canham. Many of the artists in the Pre-Vinylite Sign Art Show will also be featured in an upcoming documentary by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, titled "Sign Painters," due out in 2012.

Opening at 8pm on November 12 at the Extension Gallery at Orchard Skateshop. 156 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA. Free beer and vegan pizza!