Stencil Archive News

Over 125 New Uploads to the Stencil Archive

What do April Showers bring? Less drought and more stencils…..
Thanks to everybody who submitted work for this upload.
Musika support by Piotr Kurek (Pietnastka) and WFMU for being so amazing.

Afghanistan (just one)

Regan Ha-Ha

Argentina (thanks Anna!)

Brazil (thanks Chris)

Costa Rica (thanks Monica)

El Quimico (Peru)


Oakland and East Bay

Amanda Marie

>NEW< Hanksy

>NEW< Victor Gastelum

Eclair (thanks Devin, Monica, Josiah)


Sasquatch23 (just one)

The Mission (thanks Josiah, Dave)

Valencia Street (thanks Josiah)

Western Addition (thanks Esmeralda)

Clarion Alley (just one)

SoMa and the FiDi (viva St. Stupid)

The Castro with Noe Valley (thanks Josiah)

The Upper Haight

The Tenderloin (just one)

Pacific Heights (just one)

Editing the Ole' Stencil Archive

From time to time, I wander around the Stencil Archive photo files and make attempts to delete duplicate photos, rename files with typos, investigate text and artists, as well as other updating. Being an effort of the heart, I sometimes speed up the process of getting images online: older Hamburg and Australia files are a great example of my hasty process. Ususally this happens when I'm on the road and have little time to figure out what I photographed in stencil-rich locations.

Other times, an artist appears and becomes a repeat tagger. Eclair is a great example of this. She stencils so much, over and over, here in San Francisco, I sometimes cannot keep up and/or figure out what I already have.

Sometimes new artists show up and eventually need their own Artist Archive. Case in point: HAR2UNG here in SF (and a bit in East Bay). This artist keeps popping up in SF's Financial District via stickers. The posts are signed, but I had a hard time reading the graffiti-style name. I finally stared at it long enough to assume it is the above name, and thusly today gave HAR2UNG (HARBUNG?) an archive: 


I have a few newer ones to post soon as well, and now there's an archive for him/her. 

So.... if you've bookmarked an image and can't find it, maybe search for it (sorry the PHP Gallery back end only allows searchs for filename text.... something I try to think about when I name the stencil images). And if you are curious about why I post things the way I do (what, no duplicates?), then check out my Submit FAQ:

As always, PLEASE PARTICIPATE in this ongoing project. Without the community, this site would only have what I've found and photographed. Fortunately, this site has friends and artists who have sent images over the years making the Stencil Archive a distinct ark of art. 

Thanks as always......

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:

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

>NEW< jeto

>NEW< lopside foe

>NEW< marshal arts

>NEW< mimi the clown

>NEW< mittenimwald

>NEW< robi the dog

>NEW< run don't walk

>NEW< tomahawk

In the streets of Hamburg

Other German cities





Dr. Ocioso (just one)

Los Piratos (just one)






txmx himself!


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)

Afghanistan (military stencil graff)

Canada (just one)

>NEW< ZeroSix

Ha-Ha (just one)

Northern California (happy birthday, David Solnit)

Colorado (just two, thanks Mark)

NYC (just one)

South Carolina

xsacto (just one)

>NEW< Choppy Oshiro

>NEW<  CJ Grossman


Eddie Colla (just one)

Kate DeCiccio (just one, thanks Raven)

Lay it on Thick (just one)

Michael Roman

Scott Williams

Haight and Divisadero Streets

The Mission

Clarion Alley

Richmond District (just one)

Western Addition

The Castro (just one)

SoMa and the FiDi

Other neighborhoods

Fresh Uploaded Images on the Stencil Archives: 19,200+ and Counting

Fall is here, so gather around the ole yuleTubes and peep some new stencil flicks.
Music during uploading proudly performed by: NoMeansNo and A Minor Forest

Banksy's Better Out than In: the NYC Collection

France (thanks Karen)

Arizona (just one)

Georgia, USA (an advertisement, but cool water stencils….)

Northern California (thanks Xsacto and Raven)

South Carolina (thanks Nikki)

>NEW< Iain Barnes (FL)

>NEW< CK1 (California)

>NEW< Icy and Sot (NYC)

Columbia, So. America (thanks Raven)

>NEW< Crisp (CO)


Eclair (as read in the SF Chronicle)

Scott Williams

Clarion Alley (happy 21st birthday)

Haight St. and Divisadero St.

The Mission

Valencia St.

Financial Dist. (just one)

Richmond Dist. (just one)

Western Addition (just one)

Other SF locations

130+ Stencil Photos Uploaded to the Stencil Archive

Over 130 stencil photos for this upload, featuring dozens from Burning Man 2013.
Other features from gallery exhibits by: Todd Hanson, Adam Fiebelman, and C215
Music provided commercial free by KVRX, WUOG, and WNCW streams…..

Nevada (Burning Man, Black Rock City, NV)

Australia (just one)


>NEW< Little Jack (GA)

Tiago in Portland

X-Sacto (just one)

California (just one)

North Cal (just one, thanks Xsacto)

Louisiana (just one, thanks Jeremy)

NYC (just one, thanks Kimilee)

South Carolina (Charleston)

Adam Fiebelman

CK1 (Iran > SF)


Kate DeCiccio (just one)

Todd Hanson's cut out madness

Clarion Alley

Haight Street

SoMa and the FiDi

the TL and Civic Center

The Castro and Hayes Valley (Pride Parade thrown in)

The Mission

Valencia St.

Western Addition (and Divis)

Elsewhere in SF (just one)


Copyright (two, in the UK)

Jairo Mora Sandoval (CR) Memorial Stencil

There is a stencil and graffiti tradition of memorializing people who have been senselessly killed, usually for unjust reasons. Jairo Mora Sandoval, a Costa Rican environmentalist, his likeness is pictured in the above photo, is now becoming an icon for those who hold the flora and fauna of the planet dear. Go here to read more about Sandoval's assassination.

Here are some other people, senselessly killed, who have lived on as stencil icons:

Oscar Grant, killed by BART police in Oakland, CA (while face down on the ground)

Brad Will, killed by police in Oaxaca, MX (while filming a protest)

Nour Zahra, killed while protesting the dictatorship in Syria

Gezi Resist: A special Turkey upload

The Stencil Archive presents a special upload for Turkey, which is seeing a massive swell of public street protests that are being violently answered by the government and police. Like most uprising hotspots, street art allows people to have a free, simple voice. Stencils have been part of art in the streets for years in Turkey (I feature a Turkish stencil in my 2008 book Stencil Nation), but I will scour the Internet and upload new ones when I find them.

Over 125 New Stencil Photos in the Archive

School is out and June is here. Time for more stencil uploads (18,900 and counting)

Thanks for the submissions: Julia, Paz, Esmeralda, Jeremy and ohters…..

Toons provided by KPOO (still keepin' it real in the Western Addition)

Ghalam DAR (Iran)

France (scans from 1980s post cards)


In Media (one from 1930s Berlin)


North California and East Bay

Los Angeles (1979 with Cesar Chavez)

New Orleans (just one)


Oregon (just one)

::: Meanwhile, in San Francisco....

>NEW< Dolce


Kate DiCiccio (new mural)

Todd Hanson (with Ana)

Xavi (just one)

China Basin (just one)

Chinatown (just one)

Clarion Alley

Haight St.

From 1998-2001 SF

The Mission

SoMa and the FiDi

May Day protest (with a Keystone XL protest thrown in)

Hayes Valley and the Castro

Western Addition and Divis

Valencia St. (just one)


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