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Old Jan 11, 2011, 10:19 PM   #1
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A month or so ago I posted this picture of a sign painter.



At the time we discussed whether the sign was completely painted by hand (very unusual) or was printed on vinyl or other sturdy fabric and mounted on the building (the normal way of doing things), with someone doing some touch-up hand painting.

Today I found out. The day was very grey, overcast so I didn't need HDR like I had used on the one above. The next two pictures were taken with the DA 55-300.

Here's the proof:



A closer look (it's significantly cropped) shows that it is all hand-painted. You can see the drawn outline below the painter's stand. Amazing.



Does anyone know what movie this might be advertising?
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Old Jan 11, 2011, 10:26 PM   #2
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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0377981/ prob this one lol
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Old Jan 11, 2011, 10:33 PM   #3
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yup those signs are always painted by hand in NYC along the side of a build. They do it all the time. When they put up vinyl it is one whole massive piece that do not need to be painted. They just strap down the buckles.
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Makes sense really ..... can't imagine a printer big enough
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very cool!! in sweden they don't do it like that at all...if we are lucky we might get a two meter tall cardboard statue...
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Interesting. Paint by LARGE numbers.

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LOL. Patty, you crack me up.
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Old Jan 12, 2011, 4:39 PM   #8
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Another reason for painting vs a vinyl on taller buildings is wind load. There can be enough wind to rip the vinyl off the building. on the lower signs I have seen some massive vinyl signs strap onto a billboard. As the lower level of the sign does not suffer for as extreme wind loads. So there are printer out there that print a 40'x30' sign. So lawsuits is something they have to consider with vinyl signs, it is gets rip off the building and causes accidents or injuries.
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I had no idea, wow what a job
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Patty, that's exactly what went through my mind. They had something that might have been a chart that they kept referring to.

Yes, it is a sign for Gnomeo and Juliet - they had made quite a bit of progress by lunchtime today. It surprises me that they can go as fast as they do. Disney must rent the space, this is the third movie of theirs that's been advertised on that building. I've never really bothered to pay much attention to the signs or when they change them, but I'm going to keep a closer eye now.
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