Stencil Archive News

Election Celebraton: 11,000 Pics Uploaded

Six years in, and the Stencil Archives just keep growing. As it turned out during the upload today, Cricket in AZ, shot by Moe Beitiks, had an upload that put the Archives at exactly 11,000! Hard to believe that they were at 8,000 when I started on Stencil Nation earlier this year.

Thanks again to all of the artists, photographers, and fans who keep sending me great works from around the world. I know I can't keep up with the likes of Flickr (322,000 "stencil" flicks there), but I'll keep posting as long as I keep finding and getting images.

Here's the current update, which will be the last one for a short bit.......

Got one sprayed in Brazil

A few from Australia by the artist LaWright

Another batch from South Carolina

Grabbed some pics offa FaceBook, with PIXNIT's permission

Jim in TN hooked me up with painted stencils, so I now have his cut outs and the pieces

Here's the Cricket batch from AZ, which took me to 11k

Left of 88 and Marc of the Covenant from NC get a new Artist Archive

David Drexler sent a few Election-Themed Chicago pieces over

And some small batches from: SF's SoMa, The Media Archive, Cross Bowed Lobster and Rumply Button in Ft Collins CO, Tucson, AZ, and North Cali (thanks XSacto)....

Come and visit me on tour! Can't wait to meetcha......

Update: Stencil Nation Winter Tour Dates

The past few weeks has been a whirlwind of promotions here at the SC SN HQ. The Southeast dates proved to be a bit harder to pin down times and dates, but I think I finally have the whole tour schedule worked out (with a few starting times still lingering). The Northeast November leg is good to go, and the word is out online and in print. Just bought my ticket to Boston via SF and will probably buy my Amtrak ticket from DC to Charleston, SC soon. Wish the bus/train system was good down here in the Southeast. Will be in the car for that leg of the tour. What's brewing in the distant future? Well, if capitalism doesn't completely fail by January, I'll either do a California tour or a brief visit to Europe. Stay tuned for more details!

The Stencil Nation Tour Goes East This Winter 

November in the Northeast

  • Thanks for all the amazing support, hospitality, participation, and experiences!

December in the Southeast


Small Update to the Archives

Got my camera back last week so have uploaded the Knoxville, TN (and Chattanooga too) images. Also realized that I missed the Chicago pics from the tour, so got them online today too. AND....

LECKOmio (DE) rocks the house

Jim cuts it up in Knoxville

Spartanburg, SC represents

some forgotten pics from my last visit home in SF (Vanencia St.)

mmm, mama.... almost to 11k on this here Archive!

Stencil Obsession Immortalized


Here are photos of the complete mural pieces.

While I was working on the book in San Francisco, I'd sometimes stop by Mona Caron's mural-in-progress up on 24th St. in Noe Valley. I'd climb the scaffold and hang out with Mona and Lisaruth while they worked on the piece that showed Noe Valley's past and fantastical future. I helped when I could, pulling out staples or rolling up things. This mural has two parts, making it a diptych, and I only got to see the beginning of the other piece across the parking lot before I hit the road. Little did I know that Mona and Lisaruth put me in the mural, doing what I do best - walking away from a group of awesome people (Stencil Nation contributor Steven Black, Diamond Dave, Calamity, etc.) and snapping a random stencil on the street. How cool is that!? I missed their mural unveiling so can't wait to get back to SF and see the amazing finished piece(s). Thanks for including me!

9 Oct Stencil Archive Uploads

Finally caught up on the three month submissions backlog, along with some of my travel photos from the Sustainable Living Roadshow bus tour.


12inchteam from Munich has a new artist archive

BANKSY still does stencils, though his latest installation in NYC may prove otherwise

Penny got up when the second round of the Cans Fest happened in London

after many years of no submissions, TXMX dropped off a pile of his new work

Pure in Australia sent over a few more of his nasty works

Moe from the Sustainable Living Roadshow took some shots from Atlanta, GA

Here are some pics of stencil work from North Cali, mostly Santa Cruz

Finally uploading the stencils that I found while on tour with the Sustainable Living Roadshow in Denver, CO

Moe found some more stencils that helped flesh out my New Orleans, LA archive

Found a heap of stencils while at the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN SLR stop

Chris Carlsson sent some NYC pics over

Snapped these Greenville, SC pics in August

What, two more stencils show up in Utah?

Behold, David Drexler continues to find every last stencil in Madison, WI (and now has started on Milwaukee)

Nils W. knocks out some photo realistic pieces in DC

Moe met and documented Cooper's work in Atlanta, GA

Good to hear from Mathew Curran, who sent three new pieces for his archive

Gurldogg sent a few new ones for his archive

Larry Cyr continues to paint good works

Here's an Obama poster from Soule

X-Sacto cuts another one

A few pics from San Francisco (thanks Laura and Josiah): Hayes ValleyThe Mission, and Valencia St.

Left my camera in Knoxville, TN for the week so will have a small update coming shortly with TN stencils (mighty fine up thataways)

Quick Note About Stencil Uploads

Greetz from Chicago. I am currently on the road with the wild and wooley Sustainable Living Roadshow via a caravan of bio-fueled buses and trucks. I have barely had time to keep up with the many carny tasks that fall into my lap every day, let alone sit down with a powered laptop and wifi to upload photos and submissions. Our culture is positively a vampire to the power lines and I've spent most of the past month with juiced-out tech and am sharing a Verizon wifi modem with 18 other people.

So be patient friends. Uploads to the Stencil Archive will begin again in early October.

Keep your ears out for more info on a Stencil Nation Nov/Dec book tour as well. Cities will include: Boston, Providence, NYC, Baltimore, DC, Asheville, Atlanta, and a few other dates for fun!

Thanks for you patience. I am trying to blog about this crazy circus tour over on Happy Feet if you care to follow along. And I am finding stencils here and there when I run across them!

Mid August Photo Uploads

This upload is for my dad, Townes (1941-2008)

RIP to my hero, the funniest man I ever met!

Here's the last batch from Melbourne

And the photos that I took at the Melbourne Stencil Festival before the trip suddenly ended (sorry for not covering the show completely)

David Drexler dropped off another large batch of Madison, WI street work

New and updated artist archives from:

Archive Updates from:

San Francisco Updates:

As my pops would say, "gettin' it done!"

Dozens More Flicks fm Melbourne Walls, Studios

Off to the collab painting at Stencil Fest, but took time to upload another 150 or so photos from recent wanders through Melbourne. Big thanks to Rone and Wonderlust fm Everfresh for a great bike ride through some lanes that I hadn't seen yet (and the ones that I did).

New Pics: Hand Stencils and the Blender

Headed out to the Grampians National Park for a few days, and found hand stencils at one of three rock art sites I visisted. Also walked around the inside of Ha-Ha's Blender space and took as many photos of the stencils that he's working on and that are on the inside walls.

Latest Melbourne/AU uploads are here.


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