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Thanks so much - Russell

TXMX drops 100s of pics for the Stencil Archive

Special Uploads to the Stencil Archive
Straight from TXMX in Hamburg, DE!
need more TXMX? Here's his flickr stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/txmx-2/

TXMX has been a long-time member of Stencil Nation, submitting photos to the Archives since almost the beginning back in 2005. Of course he's picked up the blade and cut his own stencils. Hundreds of them, making it impossible to curate which ones I already have. When I get a message from TXMX that he's about to send me a zip file of his pics, I get excited. Then I roll my sleeves up and cull out the duplicates, rename, and upload.

Here you go for all to enjoi - Russell

uploading musika: Holy Modal Rounders ::: TOOL

>NEW< Bogey Clan
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Europe/European_Artists...

>NEW< jeto
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Europe/European_Artists...

>NEW< lopside foe
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Europe/European_Artists...

>NEW< marshal arts
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Europe/European_Artists...

>NEW< mimi the clown
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Europe/European_Artists...

>NEW< mittenimwald
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Europe/European_Artists...

>NEW< robi the dog
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Europe/European_Artists...

>NEW< run don't walk
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Europe/European_Artists...

>NEW< tomahawk
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Europe/European_Artists...

In the streets of Hamburg
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Europe/Hamburg

Other German cities
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Europe/Germany

Italy
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Europe/Italy

Alias
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Europe/European_Artists...

ASA
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Europe/European_Artists...

Boxi
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Europe/European_Artists...

Dr. Ocioso (just one)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Europe/European_Artists...

Los Piratos (just one)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Europe/European_Artists...

Note
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Europe/European_Artists...

Pirho
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Europe/European_Artists...

Quasikunst
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Europe/European_Artists...

Superfatcat
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Europe/European_Artists...

tona
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Europe/European_Artists...

txmx himself!
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Europe/European_Artists...

whois
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Europe/European_Artists...

Blek,Thinking of L.A.

Blek Le Rat, 'Father of the Street Stencil,' Thinking of L.A.
By Ed Fuentes | on January 16, 2014
Link: http://www.kcet.org/socal/departures/columns/writing-on-the-wall/blek-le...
Archive: http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/search?q=blek

Stencil street art is strategic in its placement and monochromatic imagery, allowing graphic arts to become guerilla responses to environmental and social conditions in one swift glance. The urban art form can be found in all major cities, but it thrives in Los Angeles. It didn't have to evolve much from its original source, Blek le rat, the French artist who began stenciling on Parisian walls in the 1970s and 1980s. With the growth of stenciled art in Los Angeles, not to mention around the world, it's important to consider why he's called the "Father of Stencil Graffiti."

Or, at least, to know that he came before Banksy (and a case ccould be made that Banksy directly lifted style and execution of Blek le rat).

Blek Le Rat's first repeated image was rodents roaming walls. "The rat is a rebel, the sole wild animal in the city," he said about his moniker in the L.A. Times in 2008. "They're smart, and they know exactly how to get around. There's another reason I like them: The word 'rat' is an anagram for 'art.'"

Blek le Rat visited New York during its more rebellious time, and returned to France. Not wanting to imitate that city's artists, he chose the stencil as his new form of unauthorized contemporary urban art. Writing on the Wall touched based with the artist to discuss his works and why he has L.A. on his mind.

Writing on the Wall: You say your life is shaped by the way culture was formed by different centuries. How does your work fall into the idea that culture is destiny?

Blek le rat: I wanted to say everyone culture is part of it's destiny.

The Story of an Artist: Victor Gastelum

The Story Of An Artist: Victor Gastelum

Interview with Victor Gastelum.

“Victor is the fifth Beatle, he is the silent one that no one really ever sees.”

—Joey Burns, Calexico

Words: Craig Carry, Artwork: Victor Gastelum

 

Original Post (with artwork): http://fracturedair.com/2014/01/29/the-story-of-an-artist-victor-gastelum/


“Love the run but not the race
All alone in a silent way
World drifts in and the world’s a stranger”

—‘Quattro (World Drifts In)’, Calexico

In an attempt to write the story of the Long Beach California-based artist Victor Gastelum, it is tempting to simultaneously write the story of Tucson Arizona’s beloved sons Calexico. For, across the band’s vast body of sprawling, timeless work — encompassing a string of studio albums, tour records, a plethora of EP’s, soundtrack scores and a multitude of collaborative works — the artwork of Gastelum’s adorn some of the most precious of Calexico’s records since their inception in 1996, following core-duo Joey Burns and John Convertino’s previous spell as rhythm-section to Howe Gelb’s Giant Sand; another one of Tucson’s most revered bands. Victor Gastelum, a native of Southern California, would provide the artwork for one of the band’s earliest releases, “Spark/The Ride”, a single put out in 1996, prior to the band’s full-length debut “Spoke” (released by Quarterstick Records in the following year). The music (both written by Burns) can be perfectly summed up by the description found inside, set in all-lowercase, on a black-and-white postcard-sized insert:

The Not Art Stencil is Meant to Inspire Wonder

The ‘Not Art’ Stencil Project Is Meant to Inspire ‘Wonder’
The tagger responsible for one of the most prominent outdoor art stencils talks about his motivation behind the paint.

By Steve Annear  | Arts & Entertainment  | January 20, 2014 3:01 pm

http://www.bostonmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/blog/2014/01/20/not-art...

Some people view it as a message that calls attention to bland, often ignored objects in plain public view, while others have said that it’s pointless tagging that merely defaces local property.

But it’s that conversation between two sides of the argument, and the confusion that leaves people wondering what it means, that the creator of the “Not Art” stencil wants to happen in order to make a human connection based around his project.

“It creates this dialogue and gets people thinking. I feel like I have built something that works. I didn’t know if it was going to work at first, but it works,” said the Somerville resident behind the stenciling, who asked to remain anonymous.

The “Not Art” tag can be seen in numerous places in the Boston area, including along stretches of Mass. Ave. near MIT campus, emblazoned on construction signs in Back Bay, and splashed prominently on the abandoned gas station marquees near Somerville’s McGrath Highway.

In each setting, the artist said he relied on turning temporary objects—those found at construction sites or decrepit, abandoned pieces of property battered by the weather and left to decay—into the centerpiece for each individual artwork.

About 100 new uploads to Stencil Archive

Photo distractions for a lazy Monday ::::: 19,300 photos in the Stencil Archive and counting!

Thanks for the submissions and leads. Special Hamburg-focused upload coming soon :::::

>NEW< Amanda Marie (CO)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/USA/Artists_USA/Amanda-...

Afghanistan (military stencil graff)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Middle_East/Afghanistan

Canada (just one)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Canada

>NEW< ZeroSix
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Australia-AU/Australian...

Ha-Ha (just one)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/Australia-AU/Australian...

Northern California (happy birthday, David Solnit)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/USA/California/North_Ca...

Colorado (just two, thanks Mark)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/USA/Colorado

NYC (just one)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/USA/New_York

South Carolina
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/USA/South_Carolina

xsacto (just one)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/USA/Artists_USA/xsacto

>NEW< Choppy Oshiro
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Artists_i...

>NEW<  CJ Grossman
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Artists_i...

Eclair
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Artists_i...

Eddie Colla (just one)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Artists_i...

Kate DeCiccio (just one, thanks Raven)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Artists_i...

Lay it on Thick (just one)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Artists_i...

Michael Roman
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Artists_i...

Scott Williams
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Artists_i...

Haight and Divisadero Streets
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Artists_i...

The Mission
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/The_Mission

Clarion Alley
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/The_Mission

Richmond District (just one)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Sunset_Ri...

Western Addition
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Western_A...

The Castro (just one)
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/The_Castr...

SoMa and the FiDi
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/SoMa_Fina...

Other neighborhoods
http://www.stencilarchive.org/archives/index.php/San_Francisco/Other_SF_...

Until Feb. 1: Amanda Marie (SF, CA)

Amanda Marie

I Was Just Thinking

http://www.whitewallssf.com/shows/i-was-just-thinking

January 11 - February 01, 2014
Amanda Marie has a deeply rich visual language, with 100's of stencils creating a massive vocabulary of imagery that is both comforting and spooky at the same time. Never heavy-handed, but with subtle hints and nostalgic vision she pulls viewers into her work with imagery dominated by children and totemic animals reminiscent of Golden Books-era illustration. Upon deeper inspection, Amanda's character placement invokes powerful feelings on more mature themes like sexuality and the loss of innocence, greed, happiness, envy and elation. 

Ancient Graffiti at Church of the Nativity

Graffiti and selfies record pilgrims' progress at Bethlehem shrine
Academics are only now studying messages and paintings on the Church of the Nativity's columns dating back to the Crusades
Matthew Kalman in Bethlehem
The Guardian, Monday 23 December 2013 14.31 EST
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/23/graffiti-selfies-record-bet...

Most visitors to the Church of the Nativity head straight for the grotto beneath the altar where, according to tradition, Jesus was born 2014 years ago. But among the throng of pre-Christmas pilgrims this year, Karen Stern, a historian at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, was more interested in the six-metre-high columns built to support the roof by the Emperor Justinian in the sixth century.

In the gloom of the ancient nave, Stern's torch picks out hundreds of tiny crosses scratched into the four rows of columns – a common practice of ancient pilgrims who wanted to make their mark on the holiest shrines in Christendom – long before Banksy helped transform the walls of Bethlehem into a canvas for world-class street art.

Stencil graffiti practically legal in NYC - if you're white and wearing a suit

 


I Got Myself Arrested So I Could Look Inside the Justice System

By Bobby Constantino
Left to right: A snapshot of the author's graffiti; a "selfie" of the author, dressed in his suit and tie and ready to vandalize; a surveillance video still of the work in progress (Bobby Constantino)

 

This article available online at:

Q & A: The Eviction Stencils (SF, CA)

By Sarah McClure
From missionlocal.org: http://missionlocal.org/2013/12/q-a-the-suitcase-stencils/
Posted December 7, 2013 6:00 am

Of all Mission’s graffiti, none likely appear with as much ubiquity than the stencils of a wheeled suitcase inscribed with the words, “Tenants Here Forced Out.”

Photo: stencilarchive.org

Always strategically placed, the suitcase stencils materialize on the pavement in front of a building that enacted an Ellis Act eviction — one in which the owner evicts all tenants to then generally sell it.
Mission Local recently sat down with two anti-eviction movement leaders: Erin McElroy of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, and Rebecca Gourevitch of Eviction-Free San Francisco to learn about the suitcase stencils and how grassroots today are fighting displacement in the Bay Area.

Mission Local: What is the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project?

Erin McElroy: It’s a collective of people working together to map the evictions and displacement that San Francisco residents are experiencing and the ways that dispossession are being enacted.

ML: How many people are in the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project?

EM: There are about six of us — all volunteers.

ML: So, I’ve been seeing a lot of these pavement stencils around the city. How many stencils are in the Mission District?

EM: I would imagine there are 15-20 stencils.

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