Stencil Archive News

Over 75 New Pics for the Stencil Archives

New Photos on the Stencil Archive

Jimi Nepper (PA)Shadows will not stop spring from coming! For now, have a few photos of stencil art with the changing climate.

Thanks to all the folks who continue to support and submit to the Stencil Archive!

<< Cow stencil/photo: Jimi Nepper (PA)

>NEW< Jimi Nepper (PA)

>NEW< Dede (IL)

>NEW< i <3 street art (Vancouver)

John Koleszar (AZ)

Eclair (SF, CA)

Scott Williams (SF, CA)

Jeremy Novy (sometimes SF, CA)

Jef Aerosol (FR)

NYC (just one)

The Mission District

Valencia Street (just one)

Lyft drops some ads

Stop Littering!

Haight St. (just one)

New Years Stencil Pic Uploads Pt. 2

Meanwhile, across the shores of USA


Icy and Sot (thanks BSA)


John Koleszar (just one)


Peat (just one)


Urban Soule


Los Angeles and Oakland, California


Louisiana, South Carolina and Vermont



And in the City by the Bay (thanks to Josh, Josiah, Esmeralda)


Eclair and Jeremy and Michael


>NEW< fnnch


The Mission, Clarion Alley, and on Valencia St.


SoMa, Upper and Lower Haight St., and Around Town


One #blacklivesmatter protest stencil


New Years Stencil Pic Uploads Pt. 1

Happy 2015! Another year of stencil goodness begins...


Part 1 of 2: Stencil submissions and scourings and artifacts from outside the USA (photo in this post is compliments of Itandehui de Mexico)


In Media (Star Wars rebels fight with stencils; thanks Mark)


Germany (just one, but making fun of Neo-nazis)


Spain (just one, but about 40,000 years old!)


the UK


more portraits from Ha-Ha


>NEW< Tokolos (South Africa)


Mexico (thanks Itandehui)


Over 130 New Uploads to the Archives

Thanks for submissions: David, Josiah, Mom, Emily, Hugh, Ron, and Finder

Tunes provided by WREK and WRAS (Atlanta)

An activist had a few of the above stencils at the Ai Weiwei "@ Large" opening on Alcatraz Island, SF, CA. Check out more about Syrian activist Bassel Shehadeh.

>NEW< L.E.T. (DE)

>NEW< NeSpoon (PL)

Indonesia (40,000 year old stencil!)

>NEW< Scoob (Marin, CA)

Happy Birthday CAMP

The Mission

Western Addition

[U] Stencil Pics fm People's Climate March (NYC)

A few photos of stencils being used for protest during the historic People's Climate March in New York City are starting to get posted. From time to time today, Stencil Archive will update New York City's Archive with any stencils that make the social media streams.

Stencils appeared at the #floodwallstreet march on Monday 9/22 today, with images by 1980s stencil master Seth Tobocman. So social media streams were scoured today for photos of the march on Wall Street and they also appear in the NYC archive.

Get out your phone and swipe some stencil pics

Stencil Archive just got an upgrade!

Woah. Do things look different around here? Can I now bookmark Stencil Archive on my mobile browser home screen and click anytime to enjoy the latest and greatest in negative space? Has everything changed?

Many questions with a few easy answers. Welcome to the latest version of the Stencil Archive, including all the fresh content you've grown to love over the years but with a new look. The site is now responsive, which is techy speak for "you can open in up on your iOS or Android device and flick around the site." Try it horizontal or vertical! Only the look and response to where you're looking has changed.

Yes you can bookmark the site to your mobile home screen. The site even has a new version of the logo for the icon. For iOS just follow these steps: 

  1. Go to the page you want to save. 
  2. Click on the bottom middlemost button, the one with the arrow shooting out of the box
  3. Click on "ADD TO HOME SCREEN" on the popup box

And NO NO NO.... there won't be any pop up/drop down pages asking for your email (or showing ads), kickstarters, indigogos, personal info collecting and sales, mbedded/wiggly ads, useless clickbait, or other crappy money-making schemes. If you wish to support the site, a simple donation will do (see the s/tour page for ways to contribute). 

And YES YES YES.... please submit photos, links, videos, gallery openings and anything stencil-related. Here's to another 12 years of stencil fun.

Onwards to Thousands More Stencil Uploads

Photo: Haight Street, San Francisco. Artist unknown.

Woah now! Years in the making, since 2002, Stencil Archive takes a slow and steady approach to the photos it archives and presents. Practically hand curated in an attempt to not post a second photo of the same stencil, this site strives to not judge any skill level, content (unless racist or pornographic), or other qualities. When it comes to street art, off and on the white walls, the stencil tool is open source, for the people, and for anyone who has an idea to cut out and paint. 

Thanks for the first 20,000 photos and onwards to thousands more!

The Mission, SF, CA

Valencia St., SF, CA

Western Addition, SF, CA

Financial District, SF, CA

Haight St., Divisadero St., SF, CA


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