Nov 28, 2014
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Posts tagged: Jamaican Dancehall Signs

Toppa Top 10: LargeUp’s Holiday Gift Guide 2012

Words by LargeUp Crew—


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Seen: Miss Lily’s Inna Cab Ride

Words by Emily Shapiro, Photo by Tono—

Miss Lily's Variety by Tono

If you’ve taken a taxi in New York City in the last few years, you’re familiar with NBC’s short clips spotlighting new and cool places to buy things around town. In a recent Shopping Guide clip, dashing host George Oliphant makes a visit to one of our main stops in Manhattan, Miss Lily’s Variety. He tells cab riders that the reggae/dancehall-focused retail/gallery annex of the popular Jamaican eatery (and home of is “collector’s paradise for rare Jamaican vinyl,” and even holds up Miss Lily’s newly published first book, of Jamaican Dancehall Signs, which includes a foreword and interview with collector Maxine Walters by Large Up’s own Jesse Serwer.

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LargeUp Interview: Maxine Walters Talks “Jamaican Dancehall Signs”

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Jamaican Dancehall Signs From the Collection of Maxine Walters, a coffee-table collection of vibrant, hand-painted advertisements gathered from public spaces across Jamaica, is the first book from the new publishing venture of Miss Lily’s Variety (the next-door annex of popular NYC Jamaican eatery Miss Lily’s). To bring some context to this distinctly Jamaican, and little documented, form of street marketing, Miss Lily’s had me write a foreword and conduct an interview with Maxine Walters, the Jamaican film producer responsible for collecting these rough-hewn masterpieces of lettering and color in the book. The following is an excerpt from our conversation about the signs, their aesthetics, significance, history, and Ms. Walters’ efforts to archive them. For the whole conversation, you’ll have to pick up the book, which is available right here.

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