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Competitive sign spinning is a thing, and the tricks are insane

In this age of highly targeted, programmatic, personalized advertising, it can seem quaint to see someone spinning a sign to plug a local business. However, ‘quaint’ is just about the last word you’d use to describe the actions of the employees at AArrow Sign Spinners. The company started in a college dorm room, with two aims: “create jobs for our friends and turn sign spinning into a global sport”. The ‘get friends jobs’ goal was definitely smashed: AArrow has employed more than [...]

The 2018 World Sign Spinning Championships Makes Headlines in Las Vegas

Written by Mike Doria  You see them on the side of the road pointing you to a new business or a special offer, now sign spinners are competing against each other in the 11th annual World Sign Spinning Championship (WSSC). Taking place February 16-17, 2018 at the Fremont Street Experience, the WSSC is a unique global competition that entertains thousands of spectators while allowing youth AArrow Sign Spinners to showcase their athleticism, advertising skills, and creative style and personalities. Round one [...]

Kendric Washington Wins the 2018 World Sign Spinning Championships in Tiebreaker

For the first time in his career, Kendric Washington has taken the title World Sign Spinning Champion at this year’s competition. In a finals that featured not only former World Sign Spinning Champion Kadeem Johnson(Fort Lauderdale) and Ray Rivera(Houston) but it also included 2017  finalists Elijah Scholz(Nor Cal), Nicholas Jaramillo (Fort Lauderdale)  and Kacper Krawczyk (Poland). With his sponsored Campus Coin sign, Kendric displayed an amazing blend of athleticism, execution and technical skill,  to edge out Tyler Cartwright(ATL)in a first-place tiebreaker. Kendric worked hard preparing [...]

Sign Spinning Championship

By  Brian Banmiller Ever see those people on the corner spinning a sign; turns out their time might be worth more than minimum wage. Last week more than 100 of the best sign spinners competed in Las Vegas for the title of world sign spinning champion. In multiple heats, with music blasting, competitors wowed the crowd with skills that included twirling a five-pound sign with one hand, twirling while taking off a jacket and twirling while holding a handstand. Clint Hartman [...]

Sign Spinning is an Art

They are sign spinners. “We hate it when you call it sign twirlers,” says Caleb Jordan, who has worked in the industry six years and is the general manager for AArrow Advertising. Come blistering heat or pouring rain, the team is outside spinning, flipping, throwing, smiling, posing and waving for all the passers-by to see.“We are out here rain or shine,” he says. “We are human advertisement. But it’s more than that.” Jordan says sign spinning has transformed from a creative way [...]

Houston Spinner Ray Rivera, comes home with 3rd Place Metal at WSSCX!

HOUSTON HOME TO MEDALIST SIGN SPINNERThe Houston area claims two gold medalists from the last Olympics, but you may not know that there’s also a “medalist” sign spinner who lives in Houston. Fresh from the international competition sponsored by AArrow Sign Spinners, Ray Rivera took third place in what he considers the Olympics of his profession. “I won first place a few years ago, then second. This is the first time I took third,” he said. Spinners can be spotted at high-traffic [...]

The Las Vegas Review Journal Covers WSSCX!

Sign spinners show their stuff during Fremont Street Experience competition Away from the crowd’s roar and the spectacle of men and women spinning and tossing arrow-shaped advertising signs, Elijah Scholz practiced and listened for his name. The 18-year-old Californian from the Sacramento area spun his own black-and-orange sign over his head and gave it a flip in the air.   “My brother got me into it,” Scholz said. “I also do some dancing, parkour. I do some juggling.” Scholz was one of 100 contestants [...]

AArrow isn’t just a job but a family as well

‘Like a family’: Sign spinners give Las Vegas competition a whirl Just three years ago, Joshua Clark was alone in his hometown of Flint, Mich., looking for both employment and a home. The then-24-year-old, a couple of years removed from his college career at nearby Saginaw State University, decided to leave the cold to move in with relatives and seek opportunity in Las Vegas.Now, as a manager with AArrow Sign Spinners, Clark is helping host the country’s largest sign-spinning competition for [...]

Sign Spinning Championships – Mercury News

LAS VEGAS (AP) — You’ve seen them at intersections and outside strip malls spinning an arrow-shaped sign and trying to grab the attention of drivers and passers-by. Turns out, there’s more to it than just twirling the sign, and the ones with the most creative moves compete every year for the title of World Sign Spinning Champion. More than 100 of the human billboards broke out their best moves for a crowd in downtown Las Vegas last week. In multiple heats [...]