A beautiful dark heritage: a historical overview of blackletter in Mexican letterform culture
Jesús Barrientos Mora
There is a constant presence of blackletter in the Mexican landscape that can be spotted everywhere from Tijuana down to Cozumel. In the shape of cholo graffiti, sign painting for birria taco spots, tequila ice cream, tattoo parlours, gravestone carving and a myriad of unapologetic cross-breed lettering displaying creative new styles of blackletter, becoming an essential part of México’s letterform culture.
This presentation will explore the (most probable) reasons behind how and why a mediaeval calligraphy style became so deep-rooted in México as a legacy spreading over 500 years.
The Herb Lubalin Lectures are recorded and made available here and on Vimeo with the generous support of TypeCulture.