Annica Lydenberg of Dirty Bandits is a San Francisco-based designer, illustrator, and sign painter deeply obsessed with type.
Annica came from Brooklyn to San Francisco to study sign painting with New Bohemia Signs. As a graphic designer she paid close attention to typography for many years, but is now focusing on treating letters and words as art in various mediums.
The phrases Annica paints are inspired by traditional show card writing, '90s hip hop, and her love of puns and word play. Each word she paints or draws is treated as an image in and of itself, rather than a word rendered in a particular font. She works with painting, chalk, screen printing, and pen and ink, pulling stylistic influence from an ever growing photographic library of found type, vintage and contemporary signage, and tattoo lettering.