Just a few weeks ago, we published a cover story on Kenji Nakayama, one of Boston's premier young artists who's determined to keep authentic sign-making alive. The article wasn't an arts feature as much as it was about Kenji as a passionate craftsman, and his mission to brighten up the urban landscape.
Initially, the piece was supposed to focus on Kenji's "Signs for the Homeless" project, in which he takes placards from panhandlers around Boston, and re-paints them so that their owners can potentially increase their take. It's kind of like what Gay Talese did in New York a few years ago, but less obnoxious, and much more colorful. Also, Kenji doesn't re-write anything; he simply adds flavor, leaving in misspellings and all.
After interviewing Kenji for several hours last month, it became clear that his story was much bigger than just this one endeavor. Still the artist's homeless signs project is pretty kickass, so we're psyched to see that, like all other great things around Boston, it now has its own Tumblr. There are only three before-and-after sequences up so far, but we're told there are more on the way soon.
Don't forget to check Kenji's upcoming show with Dana Woulfe at Lot F Gallery in April...