The Artists Behind Mexico City’s Hand-Painted Signs

Battling developments in technology, the artists behind Mexico City’s hand-painted signs—advertisements, directions, concert bills and more—stuck with their craft. Not only is it visually pleasing, it lasts longer, too. Acrylic on tarps fades in a year and vinyl fades in five—whereas a painted wall can last almost a decade. Most of the men adhere to strict rules on domain and paint from memory—the dozens of fonts they use included. “About 10 years ago work almost completely disappeared but it is coming back, clients are starting to see hand-painted signage as a plus,” artist Enrique Medina tells CityLab. Read, and see, more there.