Welcome to StencilArchive.org, home for thousands of photographs, videos, etc. from the stencil-loving community and has been sharing negative space since 2002. How can you support this site (beyond submitting pics, videos, etc.)?
- Take a San Francisco tour. Two to choose from.
- Buy an autographed copy of my book "Stencil Nation", discounted from retail prices.
- Donate any amount to keep Stencil Archive alive.
- Find the Stencil Archives' best original photos on Instagram and flickr.
Thanks so much - Russell
This essay was originally written for Josh MacPhee's Stencil Pirates book. Parts of the text were used in the book's final run, but here it is in its entirety. Note: this is in no way a comprehensive history of stencil art. Hopefully it is the beginning of the artform's history.
"We need to learn how to spread the vision of liberation and life everywhere in humble, small, invisible ways. Like grass slowly growing up through the cracks in the concrete, perhaps our counterinformation can eventually sneak up on the mighty machine and topple it."
- PB Floyd, Slingshot, Summer 2003
Stencil Archive's 2003 stencil show, San Francisco, CA
Hard copy books about stencils
From Justseed's "Stencil Four" 'zine (Feb. 2001)
Another classic by Stencil Pirates author Josh MacPhee
Classic steps by Stencil Pirates author Josh MacPhee
Due to a language barrier (Hao speaks broken English and I don't
speak any French), StencilArchive.org wrote out a list of questions
that a friend of Hao's interpreted into French. His friend then
interpreted Hao's answers into English. I have made the best possible
effort to clean up the English, but some things would be best left to
When Peat Wollaeger sent in his first submission to StencilArchive, I
was instantly impressed with his mastery of creating stencils. His
colors made the images jump off of the page. His cutting style had its
own unique characteristics, and his love for the artform was easily
apparant. When I mentioned having an online chat, he got really excited
One of the earliest and most regular contributors to StencilArchive's
photo cache just happens to be the farthest away. ECCE (Latin for
behold and pronounced A-che) lives in Australia, where stencil art is
apparantly beginning to really take off. After doing some research
online, and figuring out that we're 17 hours apart, we then coordinated