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El Sapo Studio Los Angeles

The Signpainter’s Art is Alive and Thriving. Signpainter Carlos Aguilar began his career in art and lettering at the age of 13. Inspired daily by the art in Los Angeles, he began to recognize the beauty and unique style in … Continue reading

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Random Wanderings Through San Francisco

Just rambling through¬†Chinatown, North Beach, The Tenderloin…

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The Flamingo Hotel & Spa: Desert Hot Springs 2009

Here’s another treasure from last weekend’s trip to the desert. This faded pink trailer sits about 6 miles west of Desert Hot Springs on Pierson Boulevard. The Flamingo Hotel and Spa is now defunct, and I could find out little … Continue reading

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Cielito Lindo: Rosarito Beach, Baja, Mexico

Here, a sign painter in Northern Mexico worked this funky freehand cursive with a handful of sweet design tricks: chrome highlights, key lines, drop shadows. It’s slick and awkward at the same time, which makes it especially appealing. So appealing, … Continue reading

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Special Pastrami: Los Angeles 2009

¬† The sign maker’s craft is not a retro obsession. A drive today through almost any thriving Los Angeles commercial neighborhood east of Fairfax will reveal a vibrant living culture of handmade sign painting. From the auto-body shops of Pico … Continue reading

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