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Gravestone


Artist Justin Kasulka takes us to Austin, Texas, where he searches out the artwork that exists when someone takes the time to make something with their hands instead of buying it all slick and shiny off the shelf. In our increasingly generic world, it's always refreshing to see signs that there still are real people out there. And there are still real regional differences to be celebrated - these images certainly aren't from FIMP's hometown in Connecticut!


Mari's
Ruth's
Pinatas
Fruteria
Diablitos
Gentrifying
Guadalupe
Bikelock
Bottle
Tintshop
Knight
Radiators
Leal's


So much of what is in our daily environment is mass-produced and characterless. It's a real pleasure to find pockets of the handmade here and there - places where someone has made something or done something distinctive. Dixwell Avenue in Hamden, Connecticut, is one of those places, thanks to the Dixwell Avenue sign-painter. Dixwell Avenue is full of small independently owned businesses, and many of these businesses have hand-painted signs that obviously come from the same hand. I consider the sign-painter's masterpiece to be the Joe Grate's Bar B Que sign. Joe's barbecue ribs are something special, too.


Something's Fishy
24 - 7 Store
Smith & Dick's
Senior Citizen
Charles and Son
We Cash Income Tax Checks
Flava In Ya Hair
Sheen's Beauty Box
Joe Grate's Bar B Que


Mr. Snowman

The Brief, Tedious, and Unfulfilling Life of Mr. Snowman
A FIMP Documentary