Hand painted signs needn’t always be majestic, 8-bit thunderbirds.
They can be six, bold, black letters adorning a concrete wall.
As the art critic Jerry Saltz says:
But for almost its entire history, art has been a verb, something that does things to or for you, that makes things happen.
How to be an Artist 33 Rules to take you from clueless amateur to generational talent (or at least help you live life a little more creatively). Vulture Guides, Nov. 27, 2018, Jerry Saltz
Art can simply exist to do something for you. Like reminding you you’re outside the office.
47 years of Plano skating madness.
Of referees skating backwards.
Of youth group events and birthday parties.
Of Roller Derbys and makeout sessions.
But most of all, it’s 47 years of that irresistible, hand painted, 8-bit Atari graphics Thunderbird logo.
It’s street art at it’s best. It’s street art SMT:
Simple. Memorable. Timeless.
Ok. SMT is not a thing, but since the moment I drove past it, the Thunderbird logo nested into my memory.
It’s piece of Plano, nigh Dallas history.
Read up on the Thunderbird Roller Rink in this Plano Magazine piece by Kaci Lahpor