招牌滿天 chinese character iron signboards

2015.9.11 | 大南街 tai nan street

tai nan street sept15

很喜歡這個街道的天空:鐵皮招牌大亂奏,有橫有直,有大有小,有順左讀也有順右讀;但亂中有致,當中找到一點規律,不是霓虹招牌,而是以鐵皮為物料的,而且主要是一字一格的。

繁體字舞動,香港字自主。

又,成行成市,是商業活動一種很有趣的有機組織。而深水埗特別濃厚體現這現象,鴨寮街、高登商場等。這條街則集中成衣相關的配件,包括金屬製品如鈕扣。

近日趕緊為街上的招牌拍照,擔心因為新的招牌法例,今天不記錄明天就已經不見了。生於此世代的香港,每件事情都讓人擔心,要趕著做,實在累人。

why go shopping malls where you see only standardized shops of brands when we have such interesting street to explore. this is tai nan street in shum shui po. shops are mainly retailing and wholesaling buttons and garment-related small metal ware.

these signboards are simple in design, they are no neon-light signboard. they are made in iron. these signage are mainly having one chinese character written on one square iron board, then all characters are put together. the fun part is that it is a symphony of small and big ones, some read from top to bottom, some from left to right, and there are from right to left too. yet you can find some discipline out of the untidiness, all are white in the background and words are in red or green or blue. what i treasure the most is that traditional chinese characters in various calligraphy styles are dominating this skyline. let me remind you, in this modern city, this is rare. we usually get computer-printed graphical or led-lighting signage these days. think causeway bay and mong kok.

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