Neon signs have been around since the early 1900s. They peaked in popularity around the '40s and then began to be associated with shady business. Around the '50s and '60s there were even laws passed in some places prohibiting the use of neon signs. Law enforcement would come into town and cut down neon signs without even asking permission.
No doubt, the aesthetic and bright colors of the neon still brews thoughts of Americana culture, whether it be the Las Vegas strip in the '60s, Miami in the '80s, or your local seedy bar of any decade. There is still something very classic and American about the Neon sign, and artist Todd Sanders keeps the tradition and classic aesthetic alive.
Sanders fell in love with this slice of mid-century Americana culture and makes a living crafting handmade original neon works using the same techniques as his predecessors did over the last century.
He is as much of an artist as he is a craftsman and shows great devotion to preserving the art form and showing it's importance to pop-culture in America. These are truly works of vintage inspired modern art. In terms of the longevity of his work, he puts it best; "I like to make art that, when you die, your kids will fight over".
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