Graffiti Observer Jamaica

December 22, 2005

My hopes to work with Jamaican sign painters weren’t quite realized this on this last trip, but I did meet lots of people, 10 sign painters, saw 4 studios – tried to commission works but we ran out of time – I’d like to find an audience in NY for these unique styles. Maybe next time.

I have a photo collection of signs from previous trips & THIS TIME came with them printed and in hand.

While I missed Kingston this go, everyone I spoke with said graffiti doesn’t exist, no one would work for free. Pictures of graffiti I showed them produced no leads – everyone agreed these were young kids, “idlers”, or madmen (which is so much better in some ways.)

It was sign painters that wanted to see me do my thing, and helped me scout walls, explain whatever to whomever. A guy named Ryan was also very helpful zooming me around to meet several artists, one from The Edna Manley College in Kingston, Sign Painters in Negril and his neighborhood, which he claims taxis wont enter.

If you have any interest in the Ja sign painters please contact me. I’d like one day to bring them to the states and/or a larger audience. Thanks.

 

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