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January 27, 2005

Barber shop

Some West African barber shop signs for sale. Too bad that King Jesus Shoe Repair sign has already sold (via robot action boy).

Indigo Arts presents a collection of painted signboards from barber shops and hair-dressers in Ghana, Mali, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, and Togo . Brightly painted in commercial housepaints on plywood or masonite, these signs are a colorful, humorous, and sometimes outrageous contemporary African folk art. They reflect both the ancient African tradition of hairbraiding and hair-cutting and the cultural clash of imported (usually American) influences.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 27, 2005 05:39 AM

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