Stencil Archive News
TXMX (his archive), Stencil Archive's longest and most prolific collaborator, has sent his annual stack of photos to add to the site. His general photos are easier to check for duplicates and upload. Here is the first part of his photos, from Hamburg and Spain. In the coming weeks the rest of TXMX's stack, attributed to Hamburg and other artists, will go up with other fresh updates.
Stay tuned, and deep thanks (as always) to Mr. TXMX!
In the early years of Stencil Archive, Hao (Stencil Archive here and 2004 interview here) began submitting his stencils from the streets of Paris. He supported the project, and was also excited to be part of the 2009 Stencil Nation book project. I never got to meet him in person, but knew that he was inspired by DIY, ska, punk, Pacific Island culture, and the lowbrow Los Angeles art style.
What I remember most about Hao is his enthusiasm, encouragement, and anticapitalist belief that stencils are for the streets, free for everyone to enjoy. He kept a low online profile, didn't seek gallery exhibits or even notariety beyond the Paris streets. He also inspired others to get in on the stencil fun, which is how I only recently found out about his death around 2012/3.
Staying in touch with him was difficult. At one point, he friended me on Facebook, but used an alias. He sent me a PM telling me that it was Hao from France. Eventually I lost touch with him again.
Sadly, I will finally get to visit Paris this summer, but I will not get to meet Lord Hao. As soon at the tickets were booked, I searched online to try to figure out a way to find him, and I only found a few memorial posts about his passing.
So here is a belated farewell to an artist I admired, both for his talent and his kindness. Rest In Paint, Hao. You are missed!
Tunes while working, compliments of KPOO, WREK, and WFMU.
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Banksy (just one)
Btoy (just one, thanks BSA)
Rice (thanks BSA)
Stefan Winterle (only one)
>NEW< Stinkfish (CO, thanks Colab)
In Barcelona (thanks BSA)
Portugal (just one, thanks Colab)
UK (just one)
Brazil (thanks Amanda)
In Media (A Spike Lee Joint)
East Bay, in Oakland
Sticky Shaw in Baker, CA (just one)
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New photos for the Stencil Archive, uploaded between hacking/stripping sugar cane stalks and chewing out the sweet goodness!
>NEW< Papel Picado de Beatriz Vasquez (SF)
>NEW< Papel Picado de Adriana Garcia (SF)
>NEW< Praxis (NYC)
Peat Eyez in SF
Jeremy Novy (just one)
Lost an hour today? Fill the void with freshies from around the world!
<<<(Still of Times Square Protest from Mr. Robot TV Series)
Btoy >NEW< (Two photos by BSA)
Pure Evil (just one)
Greece (thanks Eleni)
Spain (thanks BSA)
In Media (Mr. Robot FTW)
Eric Ruin >NEW<
Berkeley (just one)
Black Rock City, NV (just one, thanks Antonio)
Washington, DC (just one)
Thanks for the submissions: Amanda, Ann, Brooklyn Street Art (Jaime), Josiah, Pod
<<< "BEEZ ARE SACRED" by Peat/Eyez (photo by Brooklyn Street Art, Jaime)
Venezuela (just one)
Berlin (just one)
Hamburg (just one)
Peat Eyez (just one)
District of Columbia (Wash., DC)
NYC (just one)
Wisconsin (just one)