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Save Modern Rock in Philly


I am in the middle of a brewing protest and currently helping with this website to save modern rock in Philly. It's making news and even going to be an article in an upcoming RollingStone issue.

We need your help! Do you have any artists who can make up a few cool stencils for downloads from the site (we'll give you full props) for the purpose of
protest T-Shirts for an upcoming Rally in Philly?

Electron Microscopic Stencils

i'm working on an abstract for a science and art conference and i
thought i can share something with you expressed your interest in this

the attached image are photographs taken using a microscope. the image
on the left shows the very simple stencil i cut out using focused beam
of electrons in a thin film of plastic. the special thing about this
plastic is that no biological molecules (proteins for examples) and
cells do not like to stick to it. so i cut out the rectangle which

A World of Influences: March 17 - April 30, 2005

Urbis-Artium Gallery Announces Opening of

A World of Influences

March 17 - April 30, 2005

140 Second St., 6th Floor (above 111 Minna), 415-369-9404

San Francisco , CA Urbis-Artium Gallery is pleased to announce the first formal Bay Area show of work by Workhorse Collective, an international group of urban artists who embody the DIY approach of 80's punk rock with the self-promotional humility of Don King.

Stencil Pirates Call for Art Roundup

Hey Y'all-
just wanted to pass along a handful of calls and art opportunities that have passed through my email in the past couple of weeks.
A) Books to Prisoners Fundraiser
B) Earth First Journal Art
C) Culture War Now!
D) Archive of Radical Graphics
E) Version>5

get to work!

A) Seattle Books to Prisoners Fundraiser:

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 "streets 2k5 festival": Deadline March 15, 2005

Hey this is Leon Rainbow. I'm part of an arts collective called 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