If you tried to visit the Stencil Archive last night, you probably saw an error page. We aren't sure what happened and it appears to be all good and up again. Apologies if this interrupted your stencil enjoyment in any way. As always, this project is a bootstrap, grassroots one. Any support goes straight to the admin and upkeep of the Stencil Archive. Profit of any kind is hilarious in this age of hypercapitalism. As a great street artist once said, "art should be free to the public and not inside a stuffy old building."
Stencil Archive News
Three-day weekend and nothing to do? Time to click through some stencil pics!
Music by WRAS and KTRU ::: Efficient split-screen by El Capitan ::: Thanks for the submissions: Celeste, Josiah, Amanda, Paul, Terri)
Blek in NYC (thanks, Paul Delano)
C215 in San Francisco and Istanbul (thanks, Amanda)
>NEW< JPS (UK)
>NEW< AINAC (Art is not a Crime)
Fekner in the Bronx
Logan Hicks in San Francisco
Eclair in San Francisco
fnnch in San Francisco
>NEW< Down n’ dirty with JR in Upper Haight
The Mission (thans, Terri)
A few on Divis
One at Caltrain station
SoMa (with big, bad Bluewolf advertisement)
Two on Geary St.
One in the TL
VVVV more pic links after the break VVVV
<<<< Yoda on paper in Paris; photo by Anna
France (thanks Anna)
Stephane Moscato (just one)
Chicago (just one; thanks Brent)
>NEW< Mig Kokinda (TX)
Lay It On Thick (just one)
The Mission (thanks Josiah)
Valencia St. (thanks Josiah)
Bruce Tomb has been a long-time supporter of street art, mostly via postering, along the ever-changing Valencia Street corridor. On the wall of a former police station, the (de)Appropriation Project has been a vibrant source of stencils, posters, and political and personal expression. I have heavily documented it over the years, putting some photos in Stencil Nation and labelling my photos with "dap" when I put them here on the Stencil Archive. Tomb's wall is a special wall: legal, unedited (unless you don't like the commercials ads that sometimes get put up on there), encouraged, and community-supported. As waves of change hit the Mission District, knowing that there is a solid spot to paste up on and enjoy is a beautiful thing.
Now Tomb is deepening the location's committement to pubilc expression with a new and interactive parklet. Here is some info about the new parklet from Tomb's blog:
This parklet is distinct in that it is also a public art work sited in front of the (de)Appropriation Project. The parklet will take the form of a sidewalk “bulb-out” and two speakers’ podiums. The laser cut step plate for the podiums will also act as signage for the project as required by the Planning Department and the expanded steel mesh will be welded into the form of the podiums. This mesh is the same as what was used to fortify the former police Mission Police Station in 1970, protecting it from the community it served. That mesh has been repurposed and now is the front gate to our building. The custom formed curb will be stained to match the repurposed steel decking from another parklet in the neighborhood that was removed last year.
In Hamburg, from the TXMX archives
Robi the Dog
Barcelona photos from the archives of TXMX (Hamburg)
A few from AWSM in Mexico
Photos from May Day march in San Francisco
Fresh from San Francisco
<<< Black Lives Matter (artist currently unknown)
>NEW< Alex Rupert
Todd Hanson (just one)
In SF (just one)
Protest in SF (just one)
Western Addition (just one)
These uploads will come in several parts. Right now, Part I:
<< MLK by RC, Montgomery, AL
Argentina (thanks Paul)
Columbia (just one)
Morocco (just one; thanks Monica)
>NEW< Siqueiros (MX; 1930s)
>NEW< Murad Subay (Yemen)
Hong Kong (just one)
New York City
Colorado (just one; thanks Mark)
Alabama (just one)
East Bay, CA (just one)
C215 (just one)
Various Works: 2050 Bryant, CELLspace
Know Your Street Art, SF Weekly by Jonathan Curiel
<< Photo: Icy & Sot with HA-HA (CELLspace, SF, CA)
On a wall just inside the building formerly known as CELLspace, an artwork delivers a defiant message: "NOT for Sale!" But the message is a lie — the building, whose exterior walls once featured some of the best street art in San Francisco, was sold and is slated for development. Last summer, two volunteers — artist Russell Howze and art editor Annice Jacoby — took down much of the outside art and put it in storage for temporary safekeeping. What's left on the walls are stickers, tagging, and remnants of art — including faces of Native American men, a monkey with a sign imagining a battle between two well-known street artists ("Hektad vs. Banksy"), and an impressive work by muralist Joel Bergner. Even in its current state, 2050 Bryant's art potpourri inspires passers-by to take photographs for posterity.
But what about the art that was taken down? Howze, whose own CELLspace work is among the preserved art, and Jacoby are trying to find a patron who will buy the works and display them again. The art includes Bergner's De Frontera a Frontera, a lyrical, red-splashed work about haves and have-nots in the Dominican Republic, and Icy and Sot's collaboration with Regan "Ha Ha" Tamanui, Super Hero with Portraits, which has a caped boy standing alongside a gallery of orange-tinged smiling faces.
Thanks to: Josiah, Josh, Brooklyn Street Art, Antonio.
Tunes by: the great late, Daevid Allen, compliments of Radio Gnome from the Planet Gong.
>NEW< Czarnobyl (DE)