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15 Nov: Stencil Archive Presenting at Howard Zinn Book Fair

Have any plans Sunday, November 15? Come out to the Howard Zinn Book Fair and hear me give a 15 minute presentation on stencils and street art.

The presentation will be 1:45 in the Grace Lee Boggs room.

City College of SF Mission Campus
1125 Valencia St.

My presentation will support an hour long program by authors Rachel Cassandra and Lauren Gucik, who are releasing their book Women Street Artists of Latin America: Art Without Fear/ Grafiteras y Muralistas en América Latina: Arte Sin Miedo through my publisher Manic D Press.

This book shines light on female art and voices in the lesser explored Latin American street art scenes. I frequently hear people stereotype street artists as always male (and usually a person of color in a gang), so appreciate that Cassandra and Gucik are releasing a book that will help erase assumptions about who makes the art on the streets. As a bonus, some of the artists featured in this new book cut and paint stencils.

Women Street Artists of Latin America: Art Without Fear is a book about Latin American women creating visual art in public spaces. It includes interviews, portraits of the artists, and photographs of their work.

Site Down Overnight

If you tried to visit the Stencil Archive last night, you probably saw an error page. We aren't sure what happened and it appears to be all good and up again. Apologies if this interrupted your stencil enjoyment in any way. As always, this project is a bootstrap, grassroots one. Any support goes straight to the admin and upkeep of the Stencil Archive. Profit of any kind is hilarious in this age of hypercapitalism. As a great street artist once said, "art should be free to the public and not inside a stuffy old building."

New Photos on Stencil Archive

Three-day weekend and nothing to do? Time to click through some stencil pics!

Music by WRAS and KTRU ::: Efficient split-screen by El Capitan ::: Thanks for the submissions: Celeste, Josiah, Amanda, Paul, Terri)


Blek in NYC (thanks, Paul Delano)
C215 in San Francisco and Istanbul (thanks, Amanda)
>NEW< AINAC (Art is not a Crime)
Classic Borf
Fekner in the Bronx
Logan Hicks in San Francisco
Eclair in San Francisco
fnnch in San Francisco
>NEW< Down n’ dirty with JR in Upper Haight



The Mission (thans, Terri)
Haight Street
A few on Divis
One at Caltrain station
SoMa (with big, bad Bluewolf advertisement)
Two on Geary St.
One in the TL

VVVV more pic links after the break VVVV

Stencils for Bernie

Stencils for Bernie: The campaign to elect Bernie Sanders as President of the United States in 2016 is a true grass-roots movement.  In the spirit of that effort, we are making stencil templates available to anyone that would like to use them in support of this historic run for the presidency.  Feel free to download and cut any of the des

Who owns street art (UK)

Who owns street art?
21 September 2015 By Tim Maxwell, Becky Shaw, Andrew Bruce for Law Society Gazette

In a judgment handed down on 11 September in The Creative Foundation v Dreamland Leisure Limited [2015] EWHC 2556 (Ch), the High Court held that a tenant was not entitled to remove a Banksy mural from the wall of its leasehold property and must deliver it up to the claimant.

As well as being one of the first cases to consider the ownership of street art, it also raises points of general importance in landlord and tenant law.

The mural in question, ‘Art Buff’ (pictured), appeared on the back of an amusement arcade in Folkestone in late September 2014 during the Folkestone Triennial, a public art event organised by the Creative Foundation, a charity promoting the arts as part of the regeneration of the town. Art Buff quickly became popular locally, but just over a month after it first appeared, the tenant of the property, Dreamland Leisure Ltd, arranged for the mural to be cut out of the wall, without the landlord’s knowledge or permission, and then sent to the US where it was offered for sale.

Patti Smith Stencils a Wall (1972, NYC)

"We decided to leave [our Twenty-third street loft] on October 20, 1972.... Robert [Mapplethorpe] and I stood together alone in my section of the loft. I had left some things behind - the lamb pull toy, an old white jacket made of parachute silk, PATTI SMITH 1946 - stenciled on the back wall- in homage to the room like one leaves a portion of wine to the gods." - Just Kids by Patti Smith (p. 208)


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