Welcome to StencilArchive.org, home to thousands of photographs, artifacts, articles, videos, etc. for the stencil-loving community. Sharing negative space since 2002.

How can you support this site?

  • Take the San Francisco tour! Now booking for a walk/bike ride to see the painted walls and sidewalks.
  • BUY an autographed copy of my book "Stencil Nation" directly from the author.
  • DONATE ANY AMOUNT to keep Stencil Archive alive.
  • Any donations from the USA that are over $40 USD will get you a copy of "Stencil Nation," mailed to you along with an original hand-made stencil. Any donations outside the USA that are over $50 USD will get you the same!

Thanks so much - Russell

Stencil Archive: Technical Difficulties

Well now.

You may have noticed that the homepage navigation bar is at the bottom of the page. This usually means that content wasn't properly pasted into the Body field, thus messing with the code. After a bit of troubleshooting, the page didn't fix itself. 

There also appears to be a disconnect within the site to image links. Thumbnails in the Archives are broken, as are some of the links to the blog posts. 

Please stand by.... stencils are still available to browse. Just might be a bit more weirder than usual.

Don John: Steciling by BIke (Video)

Stencil Archive Photo Uploads Pt. 2: L-Z

Whew... finally finished the L-Z portion of the latest uploads.... keep those submissions coming!

Thanks to all the people and artists who submit. Just a few: Monica, Bryn, Sirraum, Brad G., Kieren, Matilde, Karen

>NEW< Lay it on Thick (Chris Benfield and Russell Howze)

Michael Roman


Matthew Curran

>NEW< Night Owl (Oakland, CA)

>NEW< Rone (Melbourne)

>NEW< Ryan Moore (NZ)

San Francisco:

South Carolina (just one)


>NEW< Sebastien Reani (Wash., DC)

Tennessee (just one)

Todd Hanson

UK (just one)

Washington State

Xavi (just one)

HuffPost Discusses Fair Use and Copyright within Street Art (Video)

You can also read about Shepard Fariey's copyright infringement settlement with the Associated Press here (LA Times).

[u] Stencil Archive Photo Uploads: 18,000th Flick Arrives

Tip of the hat to Joe Boruchow for his weekly email cut out blasts. His stack of uploads took the Stencil Archive over the 18,000 mark.

This is Part I of the current batch of uploads. Finally! We've decided to do it alphabetically this round. So today is A-L. The rest of the uploads will come soon.

Thanks to all the people and artists who submit. Just a few: Monica, Bryn, Sirraum, Brad G., Kieren, Matilde, Chris

Adam F.


Argus (NO)



Boruchow (17,000th PHOTO ON STENCIL ARCHIVE!!)

Cali (East Bay)

Cali (Los Angeles)

Cali (North)

Canada (Vanouver)

Matt Eaton uses a bit of negative space (Video)

TXMX Stencil Portraits (Video, in German)

RONE Gears Up for SF Show (video)

29 Aug: 10am Mural Premiere (SF, CA)

Please join me (Russell) and Chris Benfield at our new mural tomorrow morning from around 10am until noon. The indoor mural is located at 1150 Ocean Ave. (at Lee Ave.). You can take public transportation to get there: MUNI: 43, 49, KT ... BART: Balboa Park Station (walk up hill towards Phelan)

The 1,800 square foot mural includes around 100 hand cut stencils, and depicts a pre-European San Francisco peninsula full of animals, plants and insects. Beginning with an eastern scene over the San Francisco Bay, the mural stretches down the corridor, passing Twin Peaks, Lake Merced, oak groves, and the Sand Dunes and wildflowers of the mural's location, and into the Pacific.

Chris and Russell will have sprayed stencils on bristol paper for sale at tomorrow morning's premiere. All proceeds will go to the Center for Biological Diversity, an organization that tirelessly protects endangered plants and animals in the USA.

There will also be an evening premiere at the mural, held in early September.

31 Aug: Half Cut (Bristol, UK)


stencils, aerosol & booze with AP, Bungle, and Matti


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