If you're in Auckland on September 4 you should try to get down to the Capitol Cinema on Dominion Road to view the NZ premiere of the documentary film, Sign Painters.
Traditional hand-painted signage really is a dying art. As with the majority of skilled trades, it has been taken over by methods promising things faster, cheaper ...and mass-produced (We can't help but feel their plight!) Thankfully, sign painting is enjoying a small re-emergence in the dedicated independent sector where consumers appreciate craftsmanship. The highs and lows of these artisans were documented in 2010 by filmmakers Faythe Levine and Sam Macon.
There are only a few tickets left for the screening so you better get in quick, those going will be treated to some live sign painting! You can get your ticket here.