Sign Painters, The Movie!

We see them almost every day without a second thought. Weathered by time, distinct characteristics shining through, hand-painted signs are a product of a fascinating 150 year-old American history. What was once a common job has now become a highly specialized trade, a unique craft struggling with technological advances. Sign Painters, directed by Faythe Levine & Sam Macon, stylistically explores this unacknowledged art form through

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anecdotal accounts from artists across the country including Ira Coyne, Bob Dewhurst, Keith Knecht, Norma Jeane Maloney and Stephen Powers. These vanguards of unseen originality are leading a renaissance with a keen creative purpose and exemplify the working class American success story. Sign Painters celebrates those keeping the tradition intact with a bespoke approach and appreciation for a balance between art and commerce.

Faythe Levine is an artist, photographer, filmmaker, and curator based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Levine’s first film and book, Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design was published by Princeton Architectural Press was released in 2009.

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The Art of Thomas Blackshear

Another talented graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago,Thomas Blackshear II, one of the world’s premier illustrators, began his career in the world of secular illustration with an impressive client list. Known for his dramatic lighting and sensitivity to mood, his work has graced a wide variety of products, including 20 illustrations for United States Postal Stamps and movie posters for some of the industry’s biggest films. To see more of Blackshear’s art, go to http://www.blackshearonline.com/

Thomas Blackshear has illustrated many beautiful postage stamp images for the US Postal Service.

Thomas Blackshear has illustrated many beautiful postage stamp images for the US Postal Service.

Among Thomas Blackshear's distinguished clients is the US Postal Service, for which he has illustrated many beautiful and iconic-themed postage stamps.

Among Thomas Blackshear’s distinguished clients is the US Postal Service, for which he has illustrated many beautiful and iconic-themed postage stamps.

Among Thomas Blackshear's distinguished clients is the US Postal Service, for which he has illustrated many beautiful and iconic-themed postage stamps.

Among Thomas Blackshear’s distinguished clients is the US Postal Service, for which he has illustrated many beautiful and iconic-themed postage stamps.

Among Thomas Blackshear's distinguished clients is the US Postal Service, for which he has illustrated many beautiful and iconic-themed postage stamps.

Among Thomas Blackshear’s distinguished clients is the US Postal Service, for which he has illustrated many beautiful and iconic-themed postage stamps.

We’d love to hear your feedback on this truly remarkable artist.

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Blackshear use Iwata airbrushes, paint brushes, and acrylic paint on illustration board.

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Dave Nestler’s Proposed Airbrush Action Cover

Here’s a proposed cover of AIRBRUSH ACTION magazine, custom painted by pin-up great Dave Nestler. Let us know your thoughts. For more of Dave’s work, go tohttp://davenestler.com/  Let us know your thoughts.

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This captivating image was painted by pinup great Dave Nestler for Airbrush Action Magazine.  Let us know your thoughts.

This captivating image was painted by pinup great Dave Nestler for Airbrush Action Magazine. Let us know your thoughts.

KILLER AIRBRUSH Q&A: Will a moisture separator reduce the amount of airbrush spitting?

Question: Will a moisture separator reduce the amount of airbrush spitting?

Answer:  Yes. A small investment of under $40 in a moisture separator that attaches directly to your compressor will effectively help reduce the oil and moisture in your line. Compressors, as they work, draw air and moisture from the outside, compress it, and then force it out into the tubing that leads to the airbrush. Without warning, this moisture will release itself through your airbrush, spitting on your work. The higher the humidity in your work area, the greater your frustration will be with this problem. Moisture separators have largely resolved this problem. The moisture separators on the market today have filters that can be changed or cleaned when they get dirty. Good preventive maintenance includes draining the moisture from your air tank at the end of a session. Remember, moisture can also accumulate inside the airbrush tubing overnight. Simply draining your airbrush for 3 to 4 minutes before you begin using it each morning will clear condensation from the line. 

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2014 July-August Cover of Airbrush Action Unveiled Here!

The 2014 July-August issue of Airbrush Action magazine is a portrait-themed issue featuring Simon Hennessey, Troy Pierce, and Ken Johnson. Also included is the Annual Projector Buyers Guide, a tribute to the late H.R. Giger, airbrushing onto black T-shirts, plotter mastery, free-style scroll striping, and tons more.

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The 2014 July-August issue of Airbrush Action magazine is a portrait-themed issue featuring Simon Hennessey, Troy Pierce, and Ken Johnson.  Also included is the Annual Projector Buyers Guide, a tribute to the late H.R. Giger, airbrushing onto black T-shirts, plotter mastery, and tons more.

The 2014 July-August issue of Airbrush Action magazine is a portrait-themed issue featuring Simon Hennessey, Troy Pierce, and Ken Johnson. Also included is the Annual Projector Buyers Guide, a tribute to the late H.R. Giger, airbrushing onto black T-shirts, plotter mastery, and tons more.

BREAKING NEWS! Steve DeMan to teach at Las Vegas Airbrush Getaway 

Steve DeMan, one of the world’s leading and cutting-edge automotive graphic artists will teach LOWRIDER GRAPHICS at the upcoming Las Vegas AIRBRUSH GETAWAY, OCTOBER 7-10 at the NEW Tropicana Hotel. “Steve DeMan has defined and pioneered this genre for many years,” explained airbrush great Jonathan Pantaleon, “and his cars at SEMA were clearly my favorites. This is huge news for the Airbrush Getaway, and I can’t wait to see what he has in store.” For more information, call 800-876-2472 or 732-233-7878 (the details are not yet available online).

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World-class Lowrider Graphics master will teach LOWRIDER GRAPHICS hands-on course at the Las Vegas Airbrush Getaway, Oct 7-10 at the NEW Tropicana Hotel.

Steve DeMan is legend in the field of Lowrider graphics, and he will share his knowledge, hands-on, at the Las Vegas Airbrush Getaway, October 7-10.

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Steve DeMan is legend in the field of Lowrider graphics, and he will share his knowledge, hands-on, at the Las Vegas Airbrush Getaway, October 7-10.

Steve DeMan is legend in the field of Lowrider graphics, and he will share his knowledge, hands-on, at the Las Vegas Airbrush Getaway, October 7-10.

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Steve DeMan is legend in the field of Lowrider graphics, and he will share his knowledge, hands-on, at the Las Vegas Airbrush Getaway, October 7-10.

Steve DeMan is legend in the field of Lowrider graphics, and he will share his knowledge, hands-on, at the Las Vegas Airbrush Getaway, October 7-10.

Steve DeMan is legend in the field of Lowrider graphics, and he will share his knowledge, hands-on, at the Las Vegas Airbrush Getaway, October 7-10.

Steve DeMan is legend in the field of Lowrider graphics, and he will share his knowledge, hands-on, at the Las Vegas Airbrush Getaway, October 7-10.

The Art of Todd Hansom

It’s always exciting to discover great talent, so we’re proud to introduce airbrush artist, pinstriper

Artist Todd Hanson is a master of faux effects, pinstriping and airbrushing.

Artist Todd Hanson is a master of faux effects, pinstriping and airbrushing.

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Artist Todd Hanson is a master of faux effects, pinstriping and airbrushing.

Artist Todd Hanson is a master of faux effects, pinstriping and airbrushing.

Artist Todd Hanson is a master of faux effects, pinstriping and airbrushing.

Artist Todd Hanson is a master of faux effects, pinstriping and airbrushing.

Artist Todd Hanson is a master of faux effects, pinstriping and airbrushing.

Todd Hanson is a master pinstriper and artist; one of the world’s best!

Artist Todd Hanson is a master of faux effects, pinstriping and airbrushing.

Todd Hanson is also a premiere sign painter.

Artist Todd Hanson is a master of faux effects, pinstriping and airbrushing.

Artist Todd Hanson is a master of faux effects, pinstriping and airbrushing.

Artist Todd Hanson is a master of faux effects, pinstriping and airbrushing.

Artist Todd Hanson is a master of faux effects, pinstriping and airbrushing.

Artist Todd Hanson is a master of faux effects, pinstriping and airbrushing.

Todd Hanson’s age effects, lettering, and pinstriping are world-class.

Artist Todd Hanson is a master of faux effects, pinstriping and airbrushing.

Artist Todd Hanson is a master of faux effects, pinstriping and airbrushing on virtually any surface.

Artist Todd Hanson is a master of faux effects, pinstriping and airbrushing.

Artist Todd Hanson is a master of faux effects, pinstriping and airbrushing on virtually any surface.

Artist Todd Hanson is a master of faux effects, pinstriping and airbrushing.

Artist Todd Hanson is a master of faux effects, pinstriping and airbrushing on virtually any surface.

, and sign painter Todd Hanson here and in future issues of AIRBRUSH ACTION MAGAZINE. More of Todd’s work is available at https://www.facebook.com/HansonGraphix.

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KILLER AIRBRUSH Q&A: Should you require money down before you begin a paint job? If so, how much or what percentage?

Down-payment policies vary, but the important thing is to have one in place and make it clear to your client from the get-go. “We require a 50% down payment before starting the project and then expect the rest to be paid upon completion,” says Ryan Loucks of The Art of Design in Elkhart, Indiana. T.A.O.D. specializes in huge projects with steep price tags, like power boats and RVs, so it’s essential for them to get some serious buy-in from every customer.

Others don’t ask for money down. “I only work on new helmets, so I see them kind of as collateral,” says Jason Bartziokas. “Clients send me a helmet they bought, then they pay me in full once I tell them the paint job is finished. If I don’t get paid I can just sell the helmet. So I’m not too stressed about getting a down payment.”

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AIRBRUSH KILLER Q&A: Has anyone ever worked on neon-colored shirts? Are they prepped the same as black shirts?

Neon shirts, a major fad in the 1980s, are making a comeback. “There’s no prep needed, really, because you can paint right on them,” says Terry Hill, master of T-shirt airbrushing. But you do have to keep that background color in mind.

“The majority of T-shirt paints are transparent, so the shirt color is going to come through the design,” Hill explains. “If you spray blue on a neon yellow shirt, for example, what you’ll see is green.” Color contrast is affected, too; fluorescent paint on a neon shirt won’t pop the way it will against a white background. So it’s important to think the design through carefully before you start.

“Fluorescent shirts make very nice backgrounds for sunset designs and such,” Hill finds. “You just have to create your design and make your stencil with the color of the shirt in mind. It can still be contrast-y enough to look great.”

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ATTACK A HAT: Australia’s Ergun Yassur to Teach at Las Vegas Airbrush Getaway, October 6-10!

Radically take your airbrushing to the next level with a new, exciting, and money-making approach to airbrushing! Australia’s Ergun Yassur, of Tatts ‘N’ Caps, has agreed to reveal how he paints his world-renowned, coolest, and most sought-after caps or head-gear at the Las Vegas Airbrush Getaway, October 6-10, at the New Tropicana Hotel.  “I can’t tell you how honored and excited I am to participate in the Airbrush Getaway,” beamed Yassur. “Growing up in 1980s Melbourne I was introduced to hip-hop, in which I fell in love with graffiti art, and I have continued to paint, evolve, and perfect my Graffiti-type style ever since. My major influences, like Airbrush Action Magazine, have kept me motivated in T-shirt and fabric airbushing.”

In this exclusive and elite one-day class, Ergun will teach how to attack a hat, provide exercises for freehand lettering techniques, how to work in tight areas, advanced use of stencils, how to prepare a hat, use of tools to make any hat look brilliant, teach a variety of Yassur’s 30 top-selling designs, working with Createx’s Wicked Colors, and Iwata Airbrushes.

This intensive,Ergun1LO Ergun2LO Ergun4LO Ergun5LO all-hands-on one-day course will take place Monday, October 6 at the New Tropicana Hotel, from 9am to 5pm, or later.  Tuition: $195. Skill Level: Intermediate to Professional. For more information, or to register, please call 732-223-7878 or 800-876-2472 (this course is not yet available on www.airbrushaction.com).

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