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 [...]
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 [...]
The 2017 World Sign Spinning Championships was nothing short of historic. This year was the 10th annual installment of the event and was it exciting! Special thanks to our sponsors Cricket Wireless, TSheets and Wahoos Fish and Tacos for making it possible! Here are the Top 50 Spinners in the World!
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 [...]
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 [...]
‘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 [...]
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 [...]
The 2017 World Sign Spinning Championship is making its mark The 2017 Sign Spinning Championships just got bigger! Not only is this years grand prize of 5k is the biggest in the competition’s history, the competition will now be brought to you by Cricket Wireless. This will be an event you don’t want to miss. Be there on February 24 and 25th on Fremont Street to witness history!
Chattanooga sign spinner competes, travels for the artCHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — If you’ve driven down Amnicola Highway this week, there’s one man who’s probably caught your eye. Jamal Traub is a full-time, professional sign spinner. “My goal is make somebody laugh, entertain someone, make them go ‘wow,’ clap or honk their horn,” he said. He works 8 hour shifts, making $15 dollars an hour. But he says he’s paid his dues. “I got my start as a dancing chicken juggling in Murphiesburro,” Traub said. That’s when he [...]