Another classic by Stencil Pirates author Josh MacPhee
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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 Hao's own words. In an ideal situation, I'd get to ask him to clarify his phrasing, but it didn't go down that way.
SA: How long have you made stencils?
LH: I started to paint with stencils in 1985.
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
"I cut stencils as a way of documenting life; as a proof of my own
existence and how I deal with that existence." - from Stencil Graffiti
by Tristan Manco
SA: How did you get into stencil art?