1. Check Out These Hand-Made Jamaican Dancehall Signs (and See Them In Person If You’re in NYC Tonight). (GALLERY)

    In addition to the natural wonder that is Jamaica’s landscape, residents and visitors can often spot hand-made signs crafted by locals advertising a variety of events in their area, whether it be parties or concerts or anything in between. Now comes a colorful collection of some of these eye-catching adverts in a brand new book from Miss Lily’s Variety called (appropriately enough) Jamaican Dancehall Signs , which boasts signs from film and TV producer Maxine Walters ‘ personal collection, a collection she’s amassed by “scaling trees, poles, walls, and fences, crowbar in hand.”

    Writes LargeUp’s Jesse Serwer (who also penned the book’s intro): For the last 12 plus years, Jamaican film and TV producer Maxine Walters — she’s had her hand in most every major movie shot in JA over the last three decades, from The Mighty Quinn to Clara’s Heart — has been archiving and collecting one of Jamaica’s most unique and overlooked visual bounties: the vibrant, hand-painted signs found in public spaces across the island. Sturdy and technically illegal, these bold homemade advertisements are nailed to poles and trees everywhere from Half Way Tree to mountain villages, usually during the middle of the night, to promote grassroots events ranging from that weekend’s bashment party to the arrival in town of a pantomime play, or all-star reggae concert.

    Jamaican Dancehall Signs hits shelves today, Wednesday, September 12. If you are in NYC, make sure to stop by Miss Lily’s Variety tonight to see the opening of the show featuring Walters’ signs.

    [Via LargeUp ]


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