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02/21/2007 Stencil Uploads Passes 6400

Sooooo, my household finally welcomed in the 21st Century via cable internet! My options for being online have really sucked in the past 3 months (cafes, stolen wifi, friend's houses, etc.) so now that isn't an issue.

Just passed 6400 photos as well, so thanks again for all your submissions and hits and visits.

This squid ended up in front of Laughing Squid's birthday party venue.

This kitty showed up on Geary St. here in San Francisco.

Found another one from 2+2=5.

Another batch from the Mission District here in SF.

Another chunk of my NYC photos from last year.

Singles for the Media Archive and from a "Save Black Mesa" protest in San Jose, CA

onwards to 6500!

WCA free university of stencil art

La WCA expose aux trois chapeaux

La WCA c quoi? Une université libre du pochoir créé par Artiste-ouvrier en 2005 à l'instigation de deux
jeunes pôchoiristes IS BACH et 6 LEX.

Le 4 mars à 18h, découvrez nos nouvelles toiles avecdeux autres invitées surprise!

02/09/2007 Stencil Uploads

Fresh stuff from the backlog, with a few single submissions:

Some singles trickled in recently. My bud Mark saw this one in Asheville, NC. Saw this one from DC Indymedia's recent protest coverage. And Pure Evil dropped off a fresh one.

Once again, here are some more of my photos from the streets of NYC, San Francisco's Mission and Haight districts.


Justseeds Art Show: Feb. 8 in NYC

Thursday, February 8, 2007, 6-10pm
Ad Hoc Art (www.adhocart.org)
49 Bogart St., Brooklyn NY 11206

Justseeds.org and Visual Resistance present a one-night benefit art show and sale at Ad Hoc Art, Thursday February 8, 2007.

There will be an exhibition of artists supporting the transformation of Justseeds into an artist owned and run collective. Art by Justseeds artists and friends will also be on the sale, with prices starting at $2. The show will also be the NYC release of the Street Art Workers (SAW) poster project.

The show will feature over 30 artists from NYC and around the country, including: Swoon, Chris Stain, Josh MacPhee, RB827, Christopher Cardinale, Michael De Feo, Kristine Virsis, Elbow-Toe, GoreB, Imminent Disaster, k.see, Nicolas Lampert, Meredith Stern, Cristy Road, Pete Yahnke, Icky A., Claude Moller, Colin Matthes and many more.

X-ActoMundo - A Stencil Show

Ouch My Eye announces a call to stencil artists for "X-ActoMundo – A Stencil Show".

Ouch My Eye seeks stencil work of all kinds for a juried show. Interpretation and exploration of the stencil medium is strongly encouraged. Selected artists may be asked to install their work in an urban setting in Seattle, WA

Deadline: March 16th, 2007
Show Opening: April 6th, 2007

Street art in Mexico city.

Mexico City's street art is expanding through interesting stages of development. Arte Callejero is a photographic archive of a very nice selection of Mexican street art. It also includes works from other places in the country like Oaxaca City, and other capitals around the world. You can visit part of the archive in its blog.

Pure Evil Goes Global

Hi there,
Heres some PURE EVIL news 2007....

KiM in FRESH, a 1st Thursday Graffiti Show

NWFinesse presents FRESH Graffiti & Urban Art Show
1st Thursdays @ 6pm-10pm
Trinity Nightclub's Mission Room
107 Occidental Ave. S. Downtown Seattle
21+w/I.d.No cover,Free snacks


Light Criticism Stencil Campaign from AAA and GRL

the Anti-Advertising Agency and Graffiti Research Lab have used laser-cut stencils to cover the annoying flat-screen advertising
monitors found scattered throughout New York City. Go here to see a great video about the campaign.

Go here to download Gifs of the stencil and cover a few yourself!
From the AAA site:

01/21/2007 Stencil Archive Updates

Just passed the 6300 mark for online photos. Here's the latest batch for you all to enjoy.

Two years ago, Ron Deutsch submitted a batch of great photos from his travels in Argentina and Uruguay. I asked him to tell me which were which, but he never got back to me. So the photos sat in my "backlog" folder. I decided to post them anyway, so made a special archive for them in the Americas Artists archive.

My good bud Mark passed along four postcards from France that he bought in the late 1980s. He had them in a box for years, so here's a sliver of early stencils from Paris.

Cricket from Arizona sent over some original stencils and gets an archive.

Koleszar dropped off a few more amazing originals.

Got sets and singles from Northern California, Black Rock City, NV, Philadelphia, and Oregon.

Still uploading the New York City photos I took last year.

Finally, a batch from my hood on Valencia Street.



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