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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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image DAY 287 ART AROUND THE WORLD

West African Barber Shop Signs

SIGNIFIERS OF STYLE

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In many West African countries, the deceptively simple signs adorning the sides of businesses and passing trucks can transform everyday streets into veritable galleries of visual imagery. Neighborhood barber shops in particular owe their livelihoods to the sign painter’s ability to depict hairstyles in an interesting, lively, and attention-grabbing manner. Brightly painted on plywood, African barber shop signs reflect the unique mix of African traditions ...

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