Chain Letter: Marie Pressmar

Lettering artist Marie Pressmar is inspired by graffiti, signs, and more in a photo of New York.

Black and white photo of New York street with signs and graffiti on buildings behind a parking lot and men moving a cart.
New York City, 2000s, photographed by Silvio Magaglio.

'Chain Letter' invites a sign painter or lettering artist to share a piece of lettering that has influenced or inspired them, before passing the baton to someone else, in a never-ending chain.

In the last one, Serge Nidegger at Lowrider Sign Co. (@sergelowrider) nominated Marie Pressmar (@mariepressmar), a lettering artist living in Hossegor, France, whose work involves deconstructing words to create new writing systems.

What have you selected?

American sign painters have influenced my work a lot, but I've chosen photo of graffiti by Cost & Revs in New York City. The picture was taken in the 2000s by Silvio Magaglio, who gave it to me a long time ago. He was there to photograph Cypress Hill, but ended up capturing those big letters right next to where they were playing.