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Old School Sign Writer

July 17, 2013

I just read an article and watched a great video on the BBC website about an ‘old fashioned’ sign writer called Joby Carter.

He works on a fairground re-newing old and producing new signs and decorations for the shows and rides. The video is well worth a watch just for the passion the artist has for his work and the love he has for his own skill and the skill of those artists who have gone before him.

It took me back as my first job was as a sign writer. I worked alongside two highly talented sign writers who swiftly added the lettering, I would take hours trying to master, to the paintings I produced for pub signs and copies of old advertising signs that were used to decorate pubs, restaurants and shops. It was a great apprenticeship.

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