Jasper Travis, aka Mississippi, aka Brush Master is a prolific Indianapolis sign painter whose long career has seen him stamp his signature across huge swathes of the city. After gaining recognition through the documentary photography of Kyle Long, Mississippi’s work is now celebrated in a 48-page book/zine edited by Stuart Hyatt and published on Risograph by Chicago’s Half Letter Press.

Brush Master, Half Letter Press

The book features a number of written pieces, alongside graphic interpretations of Mississippi’s work. I was invited to contribute a short article, the title of which references Nick Barber‘s memorable line in Sign Painters. (Download ‘Drum machines have no soul: The enduring appeal of hand-painted signs‘.)

Brush Master, Half Letter Press

Other contributions include an interview with Mississippi, Kyle Long‘s personal story of discovery, an original work by poet and artist Douglas Kearney, and poetic responses to Mississippi’s work from Tatjana Rebelle.

Brush Master, Half Letter Press

The book can be purchased for $10 directly from Half Letter Press and from Sign Painting Supply Co.

Photo: Kyle Long

Photo: Kyle Long

Photo: Kyle Long