NEW YORK (AP) – New York is sprinkled with barely visible old ads painted on the sides of buildings—remnants of lost eras of urban life. Now, they’re making a comeback as a nostalgic art form.
Painters known as “walldogs” work on scaffolds, dipping brushes into a lineup of open paint cans. Then come the details, carefully brushed in gleaming color onto walls that are sometimes hundreds of years old.
“So it’s like, ‘Make me a bucket of soup,’” says Art Pastusak, 61, a master mentoring apprentice walldogs. “Slap it on the wall, and let’s crank.”
Paul Lindahl co-founded the company leading the comeback, Colossal Media. He hired Pastusak to teach what he’s been doing for three decades to a younger generation.
Though computers have taken over, ad painting fascinates people, says