Neon

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I saw this #goodneon last night in Greenpoint. I may be a millenial, but I still like hot pink. I appreciate the cheeky lettering here. The artist uses continuous lines to make each letter rather than making a doubleback to create a single width line on each stroke of the letters.

When I moved to the LES two and a half years ago, I wanted to get a neon for my tenement apartment wall which had been freshly painted for the 30th time. Without anything specific in mind, I spoke to folks at sign shops in the LES who offered a non-specific sign for $300.

I found out that Brooklyn Glass offers two-day intensive neon workshops for a similar price. I took one and had a blast. David Ablon led the workshop. He is a great teacher and all-around gem of a human being. I highly recommend their neon classes if you want to blow a few hundred dollars and have a good time.

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The first day you get a feel for bending glass with the ribbon burner, and make a “squiggle.”

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My squiggle was this trombone sorta jam

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My friend Jenn took the class with me. This is her awesome squiggle.

That fall I took the 6-week neon course also taught by David. Kate Hush TA’d the class and is a rad neon artist. Here’s a piece from her show earlier this year:

Neon in the morning. Last day of a great show by @katehush

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During this class I focused on my block letter skills, working on those double backs.

Here’s my first E that felt good:

It's just an E it doesn't mean anything

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When writing with a pen and paper, you can draw lines in any order to make letters. One stroke has no affect on the next; you’re just putting ink on paper in one place or another.

When making a word in neon, you can’t be so naive. You could easily try to bend glass over itself without proper planning. So you draw out the word on fireproof fiberglass paper. The order of bends is planned using this notation language which you use as a recipe during production.

Learning the neon notation language

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I just wanted a word that would be good to work on my lettering, and David suggested “brat” as the letters are a good variety.

Learning how to write the alphabet

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On the last day of class I made another squiggly, which hangs in my living room / bed room:

 

I haven’t taken another class since. Brooklyn Glass offers focused block letter classes now, which piques my interest. However, time is a finite quantity.

Here’s some more good neon:

This neon has been on since 1949

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Neon in Winterthur

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The illest of neon

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Community Board says the fuck can't go on until 10

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Bathroom of the Year

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This place is next to my work and offers competitive hourly rates and #goodneon

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The subtle work on the head features here is real good

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A+ neon

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