For almost 20 years, I have wandered down the Mission District's Clarion Alley (Clarion Alley Mural Project's (CAMP) new website), snapping photos of any stencils that I haven't snapped already. Back in the 1990s, Scott Williams's amazing mural of Californian animals was the main stencil presence in the one-block alley. Other stencils never really showed up there, and Williams's panel was the defining style in the City. Back then, Clarion Alley didn't have much in the way of art, tags, etc. that surrounded the amazing murals. The pavement wasn't painted either. It was a clean-looking street that happened to have large panels of art. I still walked down all the time, staying on the hunt for new stencils.
As the 2000s began, public art developed into new forms, ideas, styles, and attitudes. This was before Banksy blew up, before the terms "street art" and "Mission School" were used. Murals weren't being documented by digital cameras and put on social media sites for the world to see. Social media wasn't a term, and barely a platform that could support photographs. Before the Internet blew up, CAMP kept painting walls in the Mission, even outside their namesake street. They had been since 1992, and, as the world connected on the Internet, the world began to discover CAMP.