Welcome to the new/updated site! The Archives and search function may look a bit different, but it is still the same good time. Since 2002, your old-school website for all things stencils. Please consider donating what you can to support the much-needed upgrade. Photo submissions always welcome. Enjoy and stay curious.
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Whew. Still trying to figure out the best way to update the archives. Focusing on archives with new images to add, and still working with smaller-sized ones. Smaller is defined as under 200 images, but still trying to double-check, revise, check again, and then add the new images. Done for the day so the sunshine can been enjoyed!
Spinning: Neal Cassady Drive Five tape :: Dead n Phish bootleg tapes
Brad Kahlhamer (b. 1956) is an artist working in a range of media including sculpture, drawing, painting, performance, [stencils,] and music to explore what he refers to as the "third place"—a meeting point of two opposing personal histories. Reimagining a subjective vocabulary through a neo-expressionist lens, his work references hallmarks of twentieth-century abstract painting, such as German Expressionism, while incorporating highly personal iconography.
Drawing on his tripartite identity, Kahlhamer’s work navigates his Native American heritage, adoptive German-American family, and adult life in New York City’s Lower East Side. While referencing Native American history and culture, his work explores his own displaced identity and straddles notions of authenticity and representation within the discourse of Native American art.
Took a break from the mundane Archive revisions to give the right arm a break. What better way to slow down a bit than to put some new images in a few artist archives like before. We also updated their archives while poking around.
Spinning: Sun Ra on vinyl, Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers on cassette.
The West Asian/Middle Eastern Archive is one of the more trickier sections of our collection. Some street stencils have controversial statements, and some artists have fled their countries for fear of government reprisals. One artist asked to have their whole archive taken down after authoritarian government intimidation, and others protesting strong-man leaders continue to run forever on this site. No matter what the troubles are, there is no denying that stencils continue to make useful tools for speaking out against oppression and making other free speech statements.
Bart Simpson cut a stencil. "Raiders of the Lost Ark" ends with a stencil on fire. Mad magazine inserted stencils into one of their 1967 reprint specials. In the 1972 film "Live at Pompeii," Pink Floyd's gear stencils became so famous, the Beastie Boys used their equipment to shoot a similar music video in 1992.
Since the beginning of the Stencil Archive project, we have posted stencils that appear in media. Media is a loose term for any stencils not found in the streets or galleries. Stencils show up in TV shows, movies, documentaries, animated and drawn cartoons, etc.. Come to think of it, possibly one of the most famous stencils from the 1970s, M*A*S*H, is not on here! We just added it.
The Stencils In Media archive update includes a few other new ones, mostly recent grabs of band gear stencils from the 1960s and 70s. We cannot post this without saying thanks to X-Sacto, who may be one of the only artists and contributors that has sent us screen grabs from various video media over the years.