Published by Miss Lily's
Format: 50 pages, Softcover, 7.25" X 7.25"
Miss Lily's first published release, Jamaican Dancehall Signs From The Collection of Maxine Walters, spotlights the explosively vibrant hand-painted signs that can be found all over the island. Technically illegal, these rough-hewn masterpieces of lettering and color are nailed to poles and trees, usually during the middle of the night, to promote that week's bass-fueled dancehall reggae "bashments" or parties.
For over 12 years, filmmaker-by-day, Maxine Walters, has been fascinated by these often-overlooked cultural gems. An obsessive collector of these brilliant artifacts, Walters can frequently be seen scaling trees, poles, walls, and fences, crowbar in hand, to add new works to her extensive collection.
Jamaican Dancehall Signs features a sample of Maxine's collection with a foreword from Jesse Serwer, a journalist who has covered all things Caribbean for publications including The Washington Post, Complex Magazine, Rolling Stone, and The Village Voice.
This limited edition, softcover book marks the inaugural publishing venture by Miss Lily's Variety, the retail arm and gallery / cultural space of popular New York City Jamaican restaurant, Miss Lily's.
The exhibition of Jamaican Dancehall signs will be on view at Miss Lily's Variety from September 12 through October 24.