FONTS IN PARADISE: SIGNS OF MID-CENTURY HAWAII
"FONTS IN PARADISE: SIGNS OF MID-CENTURY HAWAII"
Photographs by Mark Jonathan Davis
96 pages, 249 color images
10" x 8" hardcover
"During a Hawaiian vacation in 2011, I began photographing 1960s apartment building signs in Waikiki. Many of these mid-century buildings had once been motels, with idyllic names and leisurely fonts designed to entice vacationing tourists. Oceanside Manor. The Tradewinds. Tropic Surf. These swanky typefaces were also used around Honolulu for restaurants, businesses, and local attractions. Some were torn down, some were painted over, but many of these signs still endure and beckon beneath palm trees and tropical sky. Today, more than 50 years later, they recall for us the breezy optimism of post-war Hawaii. Their weathered letters linger on as loyal, noble monuments to the idea of paradise." --MJD
About the Artist
MARK JONATHAN DAVIS is a writer, director, comedian, and photographer. Best known as the lead singer of Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine, Davis has launched a variety of successful creative art and entertainment projects during his 30+ year career in show business.