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Revamped the Burning Man Archive

BRC 2013
Violence, humor, and unsafe conditions always on display at Burning Man (2013).

Stencil Archive's Burning Man - Black Rock City archive has been cleaned up and updated!

I don't head out to Black Rock City anymore, but I do enjoy following the fun every year. I know that Jeremy Novy and fnnch go out there to make art and have fun, and I can only assume that stencils are still all over the place at Burning Man. My first time out, I was unprepared for my usual urban habit of snapping pics of stencils. My camera evolved over the preceding visits: disposable film > borrowed digital with memory card > old iPhone; but I managed to catch stencils during my wanderings. Every year I attended. And I started cutting and painting my own out there as well.

After helping a few first timers this year, and following the fun again online, I took a look at my BRC archive here on Stencil Archive and realized that it was a bit of a mess. I thought I'd move a few photos, reorder a bit more, and call it done, but I ended up renaming dozens of images. I then decided to reduce to my preferred size and add the logo watermark. While I was doing all this work, I have renamed the archive for Nevada and BRC. 

Enjoy the new and improved Burning Man stencil love. And, like a DPW stencil said in 2006: If "you're not dirty enough," then you aren't having enough fun out there. :)

SF 2023 State of Graffiti Tagging

How SF is aiding businesses clean persistent graffiti
SF Examiner (Link, with maps and graphs)

A parklet, a storefront, a billboard.

Graffiti pops up across The City seemingly as fast as it’s removed.

The City launched a pilot program to help businesses clean up graffiti last November in a press conference that featured Mayor London Breed painting over graffiti scrawled over a vacant brewery in the Inner Sunset.

Less than a year later, graffiti still abounds in not only the Inner Sunset but other San Francisco neighborhoods as well.

The $2 million “courtesy graffiti abatement” program was funded for a second consecutive year in The City budget adopted by legislators and signed by Breed last month. It employs workers who will respond to businesses that report tagging on their buildings.

Late-July 2023 Photo Uploads

An iconic mid-2010s stencil. Photo of original cut out on left, and I made a quick new cut out, on right, for the Yolanda López retrospective exhibit at San Jose Museum of Art.

Thanks to: Esmeralda; Kellan and Maddie; Brooklyn Street Art; @Louniki_; @radicalgraffiti; @regoef; @mensch_huis; trifluoracetic-acid; FICKxDINGERZ

Spinning: PetroDragonic Apocalypse and a DJ Pod 2000 birthday mix-tape

Austria (just one)

Canada (just one)


Illinois, USA

Peru (just one)

Philly, USA (just one)

SF Mission District

SF Upper Haight



Viking Graffiti in Scotland

Maeshowe's Runes - Viking Graffiti

Viking Graffiti
Thanks for the pic and historical graffiti tip, @WeirdMedieval

When Maeshowe was first excavated, in 1861, the chamber's original entrance passage was inaccessible.

So, to allow access, the excavators drove a shaft down through the top of the mound. Once inside, however, they found proof that that they were not the first to have broken into the tomb. The walls of the Stone Age chamber were covered in with runic graffiti.

The 30 inscriptions found in Maeshowe, make it one of the largest, and most famous, collections of runes known in Europe.

According to Orkneyinga saga, over 800 years previously, in the darkness of an Orkney winter, a group of viking warriors had sought shelter from a terrible snowstorm.

Leading the men was Earl Harald, who, at Christmas, 1153, was making his way from Stromness to the parish of Firth.

New Pics - SNIK - then mostly just one or two

In the same boat with marceau.poet in the UK (ph: Esme)

Thanks to: Esmeralda; Brooklyn Street Art; @Louniki_; @radicalgraffiti; @regoef; @mensch_huis; trifluoracetic-acid; FICKxDINGERZ

Spinning: the laundry

TV and Movies

A few more from the UK


The Rebel Bear (just one)

Osch (just one)

Just one in Vienna

Bambi (just one)

One from Hungary

One from Norway

One from Sweden

Slovenia (just one)

New Pics - An Early July Mish Mash

Don't believe what they say! (London)

Thanks to: Esmeralda; Kellan and Maddie; Brooklyn Street Art; @Louniki_; @radicalgraffiti; @regoef; @mensch_huis; trifluoracetic-acid; FICKxDINGERZ

Spinning: Spartanburg Phish; Frost Dead; birds and traffic; Winterland Dead; Acoustic Junction filler



Cartooneros (in London)



In the UK

Oakland, CA

Los Angeles, CA

New York City


Misstencil (just one)


Sol back in SF!