Now in our 20th year! Since 2002, your old-school website for all things stencils.

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Here's to 20 more years - Russell

Know Your Rights in the USA

From the ACLU: To fight police abuse effectively you need to know your rights. There are some things you should do, some things you must do and some things you cannot do. If you are in the middle of a police encounter, you need a handy and quick reference to remind you what your rights and obligations are.
  • Be polite and respectful.

LA Municipal Code for Graffiti

"Graffiti" means any unauthorized inscription, word, figure, painting or other defacement that is written, marked, etched, scratched, sprayed, drawn, painted, or engraved on or otherwise affixed to or on any surface of county-owned property or non-county-owned property within the unincorporated area of the county by or with, but not limited to, any of the following: felt-tip marker, paint stick or graffiti stick, or graffiti implement, to the extent that the same was not authorized in advance by the owner or occupant thereof, or, despite advance authorization, is otherwise deemed

albuscav.us "streets 2k5 festival": Deadline March 15, 2005

Hey this is Leon Rainbow. I'm part of an arts collective called albuscav.us. We are organizing a street art festival in New Bruinswick, New Jersey. We are looking for artists, as well as supporters, sponsors, and volunteers. If you run an arts site please post the blow "call for artists". If you know artists or are an artist please spread the word, send an e-mail blast or help in whatever way you can. We are looking for artists of all types shapes and sizes. We will be doing several Collaborative walls so please send in snaps, stickers, posters, stencils.,etc.

Stencils on T-Shirts

A few people have asked Stencil Archive for tips and info on spray painting stencils on t-shirts. Some tips I've given them are mostly screen printing tips:

- use a flat palate (piece of wood, glass, or even marble) to keep the shirt flat
- make a mark in the middle of the palate so you can center your shirt
- maybe use spray tack to keep the shirt from moving
- put the shirts out in the sun or in the dryer to cure the paint
- if you want tight lines, practice improves your skills

New York City Graffiti Laws

No person shall write, paint or draw any inscription, figure or mark of any type on any public or private building or other structure or any other real or personal property owned, operated or maintained by a public benefit corporation, the city of New York or any agency or instrumentality thereof or by any person, firm, or corporation, or any personal property maintained on a city street or other city-owned property pursuant to a franchise, concession or revocable consent granted by the city, unless the express permission of the owner or operator of the property has been obtained.