IN PRAISE OF THE HANDMADE SIGN - TENNESSE, VIRGINIA and KENTUCKY
Self expression is everywhere in the rural Southeast. People express themselves with t-shirts, tattoos, front license plates and lawn decorations. There is a fierce independence in the area. And you see that spirit everyday in the handmade sign. The signs are made for a plethora of reasons: to delight, to inform, to threaten, to sell, to protest, to save.
One thing they have in common is the human touch. Letters are lovingly cut from thin wood, words are pinstriped in red and outlined in white, messages are hastily spray painted. The hand is visible and the results are imperfectly perfect.
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Tammy Mercure is a State Guide to Tennessee. She was recently named one of the “100 under 100: The New Superstars of Southern Art” by Oxford American magazine. 
Follow on Tumblr at tammymercure or on her website, TammyMercure.com. Support her work at TCB Press.
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IN PRAISE OF THE HANDMADE SIGN - TENNESSE, VIRGINIA and KENTUCKY
Self expression is everywhere in the rural Southeast. People express themselves with t-shirts, tattoos, front license plates and lawn decorations. There is a fierce independence in the area. And you see that spirit everyday in the handmade sign. The signs are made for a plethora of reasons: to delight, to inform, to threaten, to sell, to protest, to save.
One thing they have in common is the human touch. Letters are lovingly cut from thin wood, words are pinstriped in red and outlined in white, messages are hastily spray painted. The hand is visible and the results are imperfectly perfect.
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Tammy Mercure is a State Guide to Tennessee. She was recently named one of the “100 under 100: The New Superstars of Southern Art” by Oxford American magazine. 
Follow on Tumblr at tammymercure or on her website, TammyMercure.com. Support her work at TCB Press.
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IN PRAISE OF THE HANDMADE SIGN - TENNESSE, VIRGINIA and KENTUCKY
Self expression is everywhere in the rural Southeast. People express themselves with t-shirts, tattoos, front license plates and lawn decorations. There is a fierce independence in the area. And you see that spirit everyday in the handmade sign. The signs are made for a plethora of reasons: to delight, to inform, to threaten, to sell, to protest, to save.
One thing they have in common is the human touch. Letters are lovingly cut from thin wood, words are pinstriped in red and outlined in white, messages are hastily spray painted. The hand is visible and the results are imperfectly perfect.
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Tammy Mercure is a State Guide to Tennessee. She was recently named one of the “100 under 100: The New Superstars of Southern Art” by Oxford American magazine. 
Follow on Tumblr at tammymercure or on her website, TammyMercure.com. Support her work at TCB Press.
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IN PRAISE OF THE HANDMADE SIGN - TENNESSE, VIRGINIA and KENTUCKY
Self expression is everywhere in the rural Southeast. People express themselves with t-shirts, tattoos, front license plates and lawn decorations. There is a fierce independence in the area. And you see that spirit everyday in the handmade sign. The signs are made for a plethora of reasons: to delight, to inform, to threaten, to sell, to protest, to save.
One thing they have in common is the human touch. Letters are lovingly cut from thin wood, words are pinstriped in red and outlined in white, messages are hastily spray painted. The hand is visible and the results are imperfectly perfect.
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Tammy Mercure is a State Guide to Tennessee. She was recently named one of the “100 under 100: The New Superstars of Southern Art” by Oxford American magazine. 
Follow on Tumblr at tammymercure or on her website, TammyMercure.com. Support her work at TCB Press.
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IN PRAISE OF THE HANDMADE SIGN - TENNESSE, VIRGINIA and KENTUCKY
Self expression is everywhere in the rural Southeast. People express themselves with t-shirts, tattoos, front license plates and lawn decorations. There is a fierce independence in the area. And you see that spirit everyday in the handmade sign. The signs are made for a plethora of reasons: to delight, to inform, to threaten, to sell, to protest, to save.
One thing they have in common is the human touch. Letters are lovingly cut from thin wood, words are pinstriped in red and outlined in white, messages are hastily spray painted. The hand is visible and the results are imperfectly perfect.
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Tammy Mercure is a State Guide to Tennessee. She was recently named one of the “100 under 100: The New Superstars of Southern Art” by Oxford American magazine. 
Follow on Tumblr at tammymercure or on her website, TammyMercure.com. Support her work at TCB Press.
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IN PRAISE OF THE HANDMADE SIGN - TENNESSE, VIRGINIA and KENTUCKY
Self expression is everywhere in the rural Southeast. People express themselves with t-shirts, tattoos, front license plates and lawn decorations. There is a fierce independence in the area. And you see that spirit everyday in the handmade sign. The signs are made for a plethora of reasons: to delight, to inform, to threaten, to sell, to protest, to save.
One thing they have in common is the human touch. Letters are lovingly cut from thin wood, words are pinstriped in red and outlined in white, messages are hastily spray painted. The hand is visible and the results are imperfectly perfect.
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Tammy Mercure is a State Guide to Tennessee. She was recently named one of the “100 under 100: The New Superstars of Southern Art” by Oxford American magazine. 
Follow on Tumblr at tammymercure or on her website, TammyMercure.com. Support her work at TCB Press.
Zoom Info
IN PRAISE OF THE HANDMADE SIGN - TENNESSE, VIRGINIA and KENTUCKY
Self expression is everywhere in the rural Southeast. People express themselves with t-shirts, tattoos, front license plates and lawn decorations. There is a fierce independence in the area. And you see that spirit everyday in the handmade sign. The signs are made for a plethora of reasons: to delight, to inform, to threaten, to sell, to protest, to save.
One thing they have in common is the human touch. Letters are lovingly cut from thin wood, words are pinstriped in red and outlined in white, messages are hastily spray painted. The hand is visible and the results are imperfectly perfect.
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Tammy Mercure is a State Guide to Tennessee. She was recently named one of the “100 under 100: The New Superstars of Southern Art” by Oxford American magazine. 
Follow on Tumblr at tammymercure or on her website, TammyMercure.com. Support her work at TCB Press.
Zoom Info
IN PRAISE OF THE HANDMADE SIGN - TENNESSE, VIRGINIA and KENTUCKY
Self expression is everywhere in the rural Southeast. People express themselves with t-shirts, tattoos, front license plates and lawn decorations. There is a fierce independence in the area. And you see that spirit everyday in the handmade sign. The signs are made for a plethora of reasons: to delight, to inform, to threaten, to sell, to protest, to save.
One thing they have in common is the human touch. Letters are lovingly cut from thin wood, words are pinstriped in red and outlined in white, messages are hastily spray painted. The hand is visible and the results are imperfectly perfect.
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Tammy Mercure is a State Guide to Tennessee. She was recently named one of the “100 under 100: The New Superstars of Southern Art” by Oxford American magazine. 
Follow on Tumblr at tammymercure or on her website, TammyMercure.com. Support her work at TCB Press.
Zoom Info
IN PRAISE OF THE HANDMADE SIGN - TENNESSE, VIRGINIA and KENTUCKY
Self expression is everywhere in the rural Southeast. People express themselves with t-shirts, tattoos, front license plates and lawn decorations. There is a fierce independence in the area. And you see that spirit everyday in the handmade sign. The signs are made for a plethora of reasons: to delight, to inform, to threaten, to sell, to protest, to save.
One thing they have in common is the human touch. Letters are lovingly cut from thin wood, words are pinstriped in red and outlined in white, messages are hastily spray painted. The hand is visible and the results are imperfectly perfect.
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Tammy Mercure is a State Guide to Tennessee. She was recently named one of the “100 under 100: The New Superstars of Southern Art” by Oxford American magazine. 
Follow on Tumblr at tammymercure or on her website, TammyMercure.com. Support her work at TCB Press.
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IN PRAISE OF THE HANDMADE SIGN - TENNESSE, VIRGINIA and KENTUCKY

Self expression is everywhere in the rural Southeast. People express themselves with t-shirts, tattoos, front license plates and lawn decorations. There is a fierce independence in the area. And you see that spirit everyday in the handmade sign. The signs are made for a plethora of reasons: to delight, to inform, to threaten, to sell, to protest, to save.

One thing they have in common is the human touch. Letters are lovingly cut from thin wood, words are pinstriped in red and outlined in white, messages are hastily spray painted. The hand is visible and the results are imperfectly perfect.

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Tammy Mercure is a State Guide to Tennessee. She was recently named one of the “100 under 100: The New Superstars of Southern Art” by Oxford American magazine.

Follow on Tumblr at tammymercure or on her website, TammyMercure.com. Support her work at TCB Press.

SIGNS OF LIFE - MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN 

In the built environment, signs are ubiquitous and mostly spell out the names of products or the places where products can be purchased.

There was a time when actual human names were permanently displayed upon the facades of buildings. There was an optimism in these named buildings and they were built by craftsmen to last throughout the ages.

While some of these buildings survive, others have been destroyed to make way for more temporary structures without names. Perhaps part of the effort to preserve old buildings is because they have names like ours. They remind us of the human effort and pride that went into their construction.

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Ken Kornacki is a State Guide to Wisconsin. Follow him on Tumblr at aurum-design or on his website, aurum-design.com.